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Ellen Corby

Highest Rated:   100% On Moonlight Bay (1951)
Lowest Rated:   11% Four for Texas (1963)
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By the time she first appeared as Grandma Walton in 1971, American actress Ellen Corby had been playing elderly characters for nearly thirty years--and she herself was still only in her fifties. The daughter of Danish immigrants, Ellen Hansen was born in Wisconsin and raised in Philadelphia; she moved to Hollywood in 1933 after winning several amateur talent shows. Her starring career consisted of tiny parts in low-budget Poverty Row quickies; to make a living, Ellen became a script girl (the production person responsible for maintaining a film's continuity for the benefit of the film editor), working first at RKO and then at Hal Roach studios, where she met and married cameraman Francis Corby. The marriage didn't last, though Ellen retained the last name of Corby professionally. While still a script girl, Ellen began studying at the Actors Lab, then in 1944 decided to return to acting full time. She played several movie bit roles, mostly as servants, neurotics, and busybodies, before earning an Oscar nomination for the role of Trina the maid in I Remember Mama (1948). Her career fluctuated between bits and supporting parts until 1971, when she was cast as Grandma Walton in the CBS movie special The Homecoming. This one-shot evolved into the dramatic series The Waltons in 1972, with Ms. Corby continuing as Grandma. The role earned Ellen a "Best Supporting Actress" Emmy award in 1973, and she remained with the series until suffering a debilitating stroke in 1976. After a year's recuperation, Ellen returned to The Waltons, valiantly carrying on until the series' 1980 cancellation, despite the severe speech and movement restrictions imposed by her illness. Happily, Ellen Corby endured, and was back as Grandma in the Waltons reunion special of the early '90s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Day for Thanks on Waltons' Mountain
  • Grandma Walton
1982
No Score Yet The Waltons
  • Esther Walton
1973
No Score Yet Napoleon and Samantha
  • Gertrude
1972
No Score Yet The Waltons The Children's Carol
  • Director
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet The Homecoming: A Christmas Story
  • Grandma
1971
67% Support Your Local Gunfighter
  • Abigail
1971
No Score Yet A Tattered Web
  • Mrs. Simmons
1971
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket
  • Older Woman
1969
No Score Yet The Legend of Lylah Clare
  • Script Girl
1968
No Score Yet The Gnome-Mobile
  • Etta Pettibone
1967
50% The Glass Bottom Boat
  • Anna
1966
No Score Yet The Night of the Grizzly
  • Hazel Squires
1966
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
  • Miss Tremaine
1966
80% The Family Jewels
  • Plane Passenger
1965
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
  • Town Gossip
1964
No Score Yet The Strangler
  • Mrs. Kroll
1964
11% Four for Texas
  • Widow
1963
No Score Yet The Caretakers
  • Irene
1963
No Score Yet Saintly Sinners
  • Mrs. McKenzie
1962
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Soho Sal
1961
No Score Yet Macabre
  • Mrs. Kushins
1958
97% Vertigo
  • Hotel Proprietor
1958
No Score Yet Night Passage
  • Mrs. Feeney
1957
No Score Yet The Seventh Sin
  • Sister St. Joseph
1957
No Score Yet Slightly Scarlet
  • Martha
1956
No Score Yet All Mine to Give
  • Mrs. Raiden
1956
No Score Yet Illegal
  • Miss Hinkel
1955
91% Sabrina
  • Miss McCardle
1954
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie
  • Mrs. Croffman
1954
50% Susan Slept Here
  • Waitress
1954
No Score Yet The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters
  • Amelia
1954
97% Shane
  • Mrs. Torrey
1953
No Score Yet A Lion Is in the Streets
  • Singing Woman
1953
No Score Yet The Big Trees
  • Mrs. Blackburn
1952
No Score Yet Angels in the Outfield
  • Sister Veronica
1951
No Score Yet Here Comes the Groom
  • Mrs. McGonigle
1951
100% On Moonlight Bay
  • Miss Stevens
1951
No Score Yet The Mating Season
  • Annie
1951
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Fancy
  • Miss Birdeshaw
1951
No Score Yet Harriet Craig
  • Lottie
1950
No Score Yet Edge of Doom
  • Mrs. Moore
1950
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
  • Emily
1950
No Score Yet Caged
  • Emma
1950
No Score Yet Madame Bovary
  • Felicite
1949
50% The Dark Past
  • Agnes
1949
83% Little Women
  • Sophie
1949
43% A Woman's Secret
  • Nurse
1949
95% Mighty Joe Young
  • Nurse at Orphanage
1949
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne
  • Colpeck's Secretary
1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Miss Van Buren's Maid
1948
100% I Remember Mama
  • Aunt Trina
1948
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie
  • Woman
1948
14% Forever Amber
  • Marge
1947
No Score Yet They Won't Believe Me
  • Screaming Woman
1947
80% Born to Kill
  • 2nd Maid
1947
No Score Yet Driftwood
  • Actor
1947
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Miss Davis
1946
No Score Yet The Locket
  • Kitchen Girl
1946
No Score Yet Sister Kenny
  • Nurse
1946
No Score Yet Crack-Up
  • Maid
1946
No Score Yet Till the End of Time
  • Mrs. Sumpter
1946
100% The Dark Corner
  • Maid
1946
86% The Spiral Staircase
  • Neighbor
1946
No Score Yet Cornered
  • French Maid
1945
No Score Yet Twilight on the Trail
  • Screenwriter
1941

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Mrs. Green
  • 1968

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