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Ellen Corby
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    (June 3, 1911-April 14, 1999)
    Born in Racine, Wisconsin
    Birth name was Ellen Hansen
    Portrayed Grandma Esther Walton on 'The Waltons' (1972-79)
    Appeared in the films 'I Remember Mama' (1948), 'Caged' (1950), 'The Gunfighter' (1950), 'Angels in the Outfield' (1951), 'Shane' (1953), 'Vertigo' (1958), 'Pocketful of Miracles' (1961), 'Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte' (1964), 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken' (1966) and 'The Glass Bottom Boat' (1966)
    In her movie roles, she was usually typecast as an old maid busybody.
    She was a follower of transcendental meditation and appeared alongside the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Merv Griffin Show.
    Despite having been nominated for an Oscar, she was left out of the 'In Memoriam' segment of the 72nd Academy Awards.
    Before her acting career took off, she worked twelve years as a script girl and wrote two screenplays.
    She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for 'I Remember Mama.'
    She said, 'When the children on the Waltons heard that I worked with Laurel and Hardy, I was in.'
    She won three Emmys for the Waltons.
    She suffered a stroke (1977) but returned to the Waltons a year later with the effects of her stroke written into the show.

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