Ellen Corby

Actor, Script supervisor, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1911 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

A Walton Wedding 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Wedding on Waltons Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

All the Way Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Waltons 1972 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Napoleon and Samantha 1972 (Movie)

Gertrude (Actor)

Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Fine Pair 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Walker (Actor)

The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 (Movie)

Script Girl (Actor)

Mr. Terrific 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

Anna Miller (Actor)

The Night of the Grizzly 1965 (Movie)

Hazel Squires (Actor)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

Town Gossip (Actor)

The Family Jewels 1964 (Movie)

Plane Passenger (Actor)

The Strangler 1964 (Movie)

Mrs Kroll (Actor)

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Caretakers 1962 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Soho Sal (Actor)

Saintly Sinners 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

Visit to a Small Planet 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Mayberry (Actor)

Macabre 1958 (Movie)

Miss Kushins (Actor)

Vertigo 1958 (Movie)

Manager of the McKittrick Hotel (Actor)

All Mine to Give 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Raiden (Actor)

Four Star Playhouse 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

God Is My Partner 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Dalton (Actor)

Night Passage 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Feeney (Actor)

The Marriage Broker 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

On Trial 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Illegal 1955 (Movie)

Miss Hinkel (Actor)

Stagecoach to Fury 1955 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

Mrs Croffman (Actor)

Sabrina 1954 (Movie)

Miss McCardle (Actor)

Susan Slept Here 1954 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters 1954 (Movie)

Amelia (Actor)

Shane 1953 (Movie)

Mrs Torrey (Actor)

Fearless Fagan 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Trees 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angels in the Outfield 1950 (Movie)

Sister Veronica (Actor)

Caged 1950 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

Edge of Doom 1950 (Movie)

Mrs Moore (Actor)

Goodbye, My Fancy 1950 (Movie)

Miss Birdeshaw (Actor)

Harriet Craig 1950 (Movie)

Lottie (Actor)

A Woman's Secret 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Women 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Born to Kill 1947 (Movie)

2nd Maid (Actor)

A Tattered Web (TV Show)

Actor

A Walton Easter (TV Show)

Actor

The Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Francis Corby

Husband
married in 1934 divorced in 1944

Milestones

1997

Again played Grandma in "A Walton Easter"

1995

Once again played Grandma Walton in "A Walton Wedding" (CBS)

1982

Reprised role as Grandma Walton on three NBC reunion specials

1970

Made TV-movie debut, "A Tattered Web" (CBS)

1954

Made first TV appearance in "Meet McGraw"

1948

Played Aunt Trina in "I Remember Mama"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1944

Made screen acting debut with RKO's "Cornered"

1940

Co-wrote screenplay, "Twilight on the Trail"

1933

Worked as script girl in motion pictures

Played Martha the maid on "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (NBC)

Played Grandma on the long-running CBS drama series "The Waltons"

Had recurring role on "Trackdown"

Bonus Trivia

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"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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