Leave it to Beaver 50th Anniversary - 2007 – Good Morning America
Happy 56th anniversary Leave it to Beaver! Our very first episode aired on October 4, 1957 and we then shot 235 episodes. The last first-run was in June of 1963. The show then went into re-runs and is still airing today…the longest running scripted show in television history!
Leave it to Beaver has had a great run and it is still relevant and humorous. I am glad to have had the privilege of being a part of this iconic television phenomenon which has made me friends all over the world. I truly treasure all my memories of the cast, crew and fans, many of whom are lifelong friends. When I look back, all of this has contributed to a great life!
Here is footage of me riding in a car with Barbara Billingsley for an Easter Parade in Beverly Hills in 1959. You can see me at :47 in to the clip. Unfortunately, there is no sound. Tony Dow and Rusty Stevens (Larry) are riding in the car after us.
This parade left from the Beverly Hilton hotel and went down Rodeo Drive. After the parade we would go back to the Hilton ballroom and I remember sitting at the table with the Hilton family. We had to get up really early and we went for several years. Do any of you remember being there???
While you are enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey feast, sit back, relax,and watch all your friends Ward (Hugh Beaumont), June (Barbara Billingsley), Wally (Tony Dow), Eddie (Ken Osmond), Lumpy (Frank Bank), Larry Mondello (Rusty Stevens), Gilbert Bates (Stephen Talbot) and the rest of the gang! Enjoy some fun memories along with your pumpkin pie!
The Cleaver Family Marathon starts at midnight ET tonight and features 27 hours of your favorite Leave it to Beaver episodes. Check your local listings for Antenna TV!