June Lockhart praises television moms
The actress from ''Lassie'' gives her take on moms from the past and the present
And to inaugurate the TV Mom Hall of Fame, we have June Lockhart — sitcom mom (Lassie), adventure-show mom (Lost in Space), and real-life mom (to grown daughters Anne and Junie). Here’s her take on television moms, past and present.
On Lassie‘s Ruth Martin: ”She really ran that farm. The father was always trying to grow a bean crop that never came in. She was the one getting the kids off to school and baking things for church. As a mom, she was consistent, affectionate, and had a sense of humor and a great sense of reality.”
On Lost in Space‘s Maureen Robinson: ”She was a biochemist in the pilot and had great potential as a character. Then the [show] went in another direction. But I think she had great authority, and in scenes with her husband they were absolutely united in what should be done and how problems should be met.”
On current TV moms: ”I’ll tell you who was right up my alley — Murphy Brown’s mom (Avery Brown, played by the late Colleen Dewhurst). She was a person — she came in with a life of her own and did her stuff with Murphy and then went back to her own life. It was nice to see a mom who brings in her own persona for a change.”
Lassie (Movie - 1994)