10 TV Moms We Secretly Want to Be


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June Cleaver, "Leave it to Beaver"

June Cleaver (played by Barbara Billingsley) often wore pearls while doing housework on "Leave it to Beaver."
June Cleaver (played by Barbara Billingsley) often wore pearls while doing housework on "Leave it to Beaver."
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Barbara Billingsley played the iconic Eisenhower-era housewife June Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver." She has become the object of our rebroadcast ambitions, enveloping motherhood in a kind and well-coiffed fashion. Oh, for June's patience on the days our toddlers refuse to eat or our teenagers test their ninja skills on a car door because of misplaced scientific curiosity (it makes a sneaker-sized dent, by the way). That's why we know it's good to cling to an ideal, to strive for a well-heeled set of behaviors -- even if they're about as realistic as discovering a leprechaun has set-up camp in our mailbox. We love and admire June, if only because she was the mother we thought we'd be -- until we actually became one.