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”)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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