Ellen Hansen Corby was an American actress who garnered fame for portraying the role of Esther "Grandma" Walton in the CBS television series ‘The Waltons’, for which she received three Emmy Awards. A native of Wisconsin, Corby developed an interest in amateur theatre while she was in high school and subsequently started her career as a chorus girl.
Jan 27, 2022 · Ellen Corby played Grandma Walton for most of the nine-year run of The Waltons. However, her presence on the show diminished after the fifth season. Corby had a stroke during the filming of the episode titled “The Ferris Wheel” in season five. Then, she took some time off to recover. Later, she returned for the season six finale episode titled “Grandma Comes Home.”
Corby, 87, spent her last days in a nursing home and sadly died on April 14, 1999. After she passed away, they announced that she was survived by her "friend" Luchetta. Corby's career spanned nearly 60 years, and her memorable role as Grandma Walton earned her three Emmy Awards.
Aug 28, 2021 · Ellen Corby, long deceased, was good at what she did — the homely, gentle, and wise grandmother who stole the hearts of many onscreen and onset. Her acting career received worthy recognition from her peers, fans, and the movie industry. She received three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for the hit series "The Waltons," for her role as an admirable and courageous grandparent.
Apr 14, 1999 · Born Ellen Hansen in Racine, Wisconsin, she grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and went to Hollywood in the early 1930s to start an acting career. Her career began with a small role in the film "Rafter Romance" (1933), and appeared in some five movies up to 1936, mostly unaccredited, when she took a nine-year break before returning in "Cornered" (1945).
Jan 24, 2022 · Born in 1911, Ellen Corby, nee Hansen, enjoyed 87 successful years on earth before passing on. She spent six decades of those years making her mark in showbiz and stamping her name in the sands of time. The Emmy Award-Winner kicked off her career in the 1930s, first serving as a script girl, before eventually venturing into movies and television.
Ellen Corby as herself, however, swore like a sailor. Additionally, the actress behind god-fearing Esther Walton smoked like a chimney, even after Grandma insisted, “If the good Lord had intended us to smoke He would have put a chimney in our heads.” And fell in love with women. Specifically, she became close to Stella Luchetta.