Barbara Billingsley

  1. Rochelle Hudson, Rebel Without a Cause, 1955.    Director Nicholas Ray saw at least six similar age-group actresses – Hudson,  Billingsley, Ruth Hussey, Adele Jergens, Jeanette Nolan, Maureen Stapleton – for the mother of Natalie Wood’s Judy.
  2. Marjorie Lord, Make Room For Daddy, TV, 1957-1965.    Friends since their 1947 B-movie, The Argyle Secrets, Billingsley and Lord were often up for the same gig. In 1957, Marjorie beat Barbara to become Danny Thomas’ second wife in 228 episodes of his Daddy hit series… leaving the way clear for Barbara to become the iconic June Cleaver in 235 chapters of Leave It To Beaver, 1957-1963. She also played Cleaver in five other shows, including 102 episodes of The New Leave It To Beaver, 1983-1989.

 Birth year: 1915Death year: 2010Other name: Casting Calls:  2