Term of endearment used by Chester A. Riley’s sarcastic next-door neighbor Jim Gillis (Tom D’Andrea) when he affectionately referred to his wife (Gloria Blondell) on the sitcom THE LIFE OF RILEY/NBC/1949-58. Honeybee appeared on 31 episodes, 1953-1958. Veda Van Borg appeared in 4 episodes in 1953.
Note: On the sitcom ROLLERGIRLS/NBC/1978 a dizzy blonde named Honey Bee Novak (Marcy Hanson), was a member of an all-girl roller derby team called The Pittsburgh Pitts.
See also – “The Mosquitoes” (for the female rock group “The Honeybees”)