Barbara Billingsley Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 17 Jul, 2019
Facts of Barbara Billingsley
Date of Birth: 1915 , December-22
Age: 105 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name Barbara Billingsley
Birth Name Barbara Lillian Combes
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Los Angeles, California, U.S
Ethnicity White Ethnicity
Profession Actor
Net Worth $2 million
Married Yes
Married to Dr. William Leigh Mortensen
Children Two
Divorce Roy Kellino and Glenn Andrew Billingsley
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American actress Barbara Billingsley had spanned a decade long acting career, and dozens of successful movies and TV series credited to her name too. She came to limelight following her appearance in the TV series Leave It to Bever. She likewise gained massive popularity for her work in the series The New Leave It to Beaver and hit movie Airplane!

Early Life, Bio, And Education of Barbara Billingsley

Barbara Billingsley was born on December 22, 1915, in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. She is the daughter of Lillian Agnes McLaughlin (mother), worked in a factory and Robert Collyer Combes (father), former police officer. She grew up along with her sibling sister Elizabeth Billingsley in Los Angeles. 

Her parents divorced before her fourth birthday. She attended Los Angeles Junior College and dropped out of the college at age 19. She made her way to New York City, seeking a career on Broadway. After a number of auditions, she won a part in a new play, Straw Hat.

Billingsley belongs to American nationality, and regarding her ethnicity, she is a White. 

Barbara Billingsley's Career And Wiki

Barbara Billingsley scored her debut role portraying Dame in a 1995 movie Adventure. The actress landed many roles in movies before she got her first TV role in Rebound in1952. 

Billingsley came to the limelight when she landed the role in hit TV series Leave It to Beaver from 1975 to 1963. She reprised the role in its sequel The New Leave It to Beaver from 1983-89. The actress also voiced Nanny on Muppet Babies during the run of The New Leave It to Beaver from 1984-91. For her performance as Nanny, she got Daytime Emmy Award nomination under the category for Outstanding Performer. 

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In 1997, Billingsley played a role in Leave It to Beaver sharing the credits alongside Janine Turner, Erik von Detten, and Adam Zolotin. The actress spanned over five decades playing a variety of roles in both movies and TV series. And her last on-screen role was Mysterious Ways along with Rae Dawn Chong and Alisen Down.

Barbara Billingsley's Net Worth And Income Sources 

Barbara Billingsley collected a considerable amount of money from her acting career. Her net worth at the time of death was $2 million. She owned a house in Malibu, California.

In 1980, Billingsley played a role in Airplane! which grossed a whopping box office collection racking up over $130 million against its $3.5 million budget. As a main part of the movie, the actress had undoubtedly received a good payment. 

After her death, the actress left her household furnishings, watches, jewelry, clothing, cars, and other stuff to her two sons both in their 60s. 

Barbara Billingsley's Marriage, Husband, Relationship

Barbara Billingsley was married thrice and had two children. The actress first tied the knot with Glenn Billingsley; was a restaurateur who was also a nephew of Sherman Billingsley. After her marriage with Sherman, she also changed her name from Combes to Billingsley.

Gradually, the actress also involved in her husband's business work. They were the owner of several well-known restaurateurs like Outrigger Polynesian restaurants in Los Angeles as well as a Stork Club in Key West, Florida. 

The two had two children sons Glenn Billingsley Jr., was born in 1945 and Drew Billingsley was born in 1942. Her son, Glenn Jr., married Karen Zappas in 1976 and the couple has three children too. 

Despite their loving relationship, Barbara and her late husband Glenn divorced on 13 Feb 1947. After they parted ways, the actress went on to marry Roy Kellino, on 15 November 1953. They were in a marital relationship until Kellino's death in 1956.

The actress for the third time exchanged the vows with Dr. William S. Mortensen, in 1959. They were married until her husband Mortensen's death on July 5, 1981. 

Her hobbies included gardening, dining, watching movies, listening to the radio. She was a tennis player too. She prefers to go for sewing and traveling. 

Barbara Billingsley's Cause of Death and Age

On October 16, 2010, at the age of 94, Barbara Billingsley died of polymyalgia at her home in Santa Monica. She was buried at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica. 

The actress resided in Santa Monica, California, from 1956 until her death in 2010.