Tony Dow remembers Barbara Billingsley as the woman behind the epic role of June Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver”. She passed away today at the age of 94 at her home in Santa Monica, CA. Her on-screen son, Wally, who was played by Tony Dow, will no doubt miss the woman who played his mother on TV.
Barbara Billingsley had a rheumatoid disorder polymyalgia because of which she passed away on Saturday; said publicist Judy Twersky and Tony Dow was deeply saddened by the news of her demise.
Tony Dow released the following statement in reaction to Barbara’s passing away “America’s favorite mother is now gone. I feel very fortunate to have been her ‘son. We were wonderful friends and I will miss her very much. My deepest sympathies to her sons, Glenn and Drew, and her entire family,” said Tony Dow.
Earlier today, Jerry Mathers, who played Wally’s brother, “The Beaver”, also spoke out about how saddened he was that Barbara was gone.
Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers will always remember their on-screen mother and friend and it is great to see how closely knit a television cast for a TV show are. Dow and Mathers were both grieved and remembered Billingsley in good words and thoughts.