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Also Known As: Ellen Hansen, Ellen Hansen Died: April 14, 1999
Born: June 3, 1911 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Racine, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor, script supervisor, screenwriter

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Ellen Corby was small, prim, and had a face to which smiling did not come easily, but she appeared in supporting and small roles in dozens of films and TV programs. Possibly, she would have been one of those character actors whose faces are known to the audience but whose names are a lost in memory had it not been for her Emmy Award-winning work as the no-nonsense Grandma Esther Walton on the CBS TV series "The Waltons" (1972-79) and in subsequent TV reunion movies on NBC in 1982 and in CBS in the 90s.

Ellen Corby was small, prim, and had a face to which smiling did not come easily, but she appeared in supporting and small roles in dozens of films and TV programs. Possibly, she would have been one of those character actors whose faces are known to the audience but whose names are a lost in memory had it not been for her Emmy Award-winning work as the no-nonsense Grandma Esther Walton on the CBS TV series "The Waltons" (1972-79) and in subsequent TV reunion movies on NBC in 1982 and in CBS in the 90s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Walton Easter, A (1997) Grandma Walton
2.
 Walton Wedding, A (1995) Grandma Walton
3.
 Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, A (1993) Grandma Walton
4.
 Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain, A (1982) Grandma Walton
5.
 Wedding on Walton's Mountain, A (1982) Grandma Walton
6.
 Story of Pretty Boy Floyd, The (1974) Ma Floyd
7.
 Napoleon and Samantha (1972) Gertrude
8.
 Tattered Web, A (1971) Mrs Simmons
9.
 Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) Abigail [Ames]
10.
 Homecoming, The (1971) Grandma Walton
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1933:
Worked as script girl in motion pictures
1941:
Co-wrote screenplay, "Twilight on the Trail"
1945:
Made screen acting debut with RKO's "Cornered"
1948:
Played Aunt Trina in "I Remember Mama"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress
1954:
Made first TV appearance in "Meet McGraw"
:
Had recurring role on "Trackdown"
:
Played Martha the maid on "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (NBC)
1971:
Made TV-movie debut, "A Tattered Web" (CBS)
:
Played Grandma on the long-running CBS drama series "The Waltons"
1982:
Reprised role as Grandma Walton on three NBC reunion specials
1995:
Once again played Grandma Walton in "A Walton Wedding" (CBS)
1997:
Again played Grandma in "A Walton Easter"
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Notes

"A consummate actress. She had incredible spirit and humor and strength really. Even after her stroke and she couldn't speak, she still understood exactly was the scene was about and how to play it." --"The Waltons" co-star Michael Learned, quoted in Corby's obituary in Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1999.

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husband:
Francis Corby. Married in 1934; divorced in 1944.

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