I read a little blurb in a magazine recently that was too good not to share. The magazine got the info from Biography.com So Moms, put up and have a good ol' giggle:
"Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Iconic TV Moms"
--Donna Reed won an Oscar for playing a prostitute in From Here to Eternity, in 1953.
--Lucille Ball's son, Desi Arnaz, Jur, was born on January 19, 1953, the same day as fictional Little Ricky, her son on I Love Lucy.
--June Cleaver was famous for doing housework in heels and pearls on Leave it To Beaver. But Barbara Billingsley, the actress to played her, later said it had little to do with June's image. She wore pearls to hide shadows on her neck and heels to remain taller than her growing TV sons.
--During the third season of The Cosby Show, actress Phylicia Rashad was pregnant. To conceal this fact, producers raised the counters on the kitchen set and cut a hole in the bed so that her torso would appear level. (At least they tried to hide it. Debra Messing was pregnant on Will and Grace and the pregnancy wasn't written into the show. All they did was dress her in black, and her widening midsection and different appearance was totally ignored, like it didn't even exist. You totally could tell.)
--Barbara Bel Geddes, who played Miss Ellie on Dallas, was only nine years older than Larry Hagman, who played her son.