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DiedApril 14, 1999, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseFrancis Corby
FactIn March of 2000, she was left out of the yearly "In Memoriam" segment of the The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000). Ellen, who was once nominated for an Oscar for her Supporting Role in I Remember Mama (1948), had really only played small bit parts in motion pictures for twenty years, before she became majorly noticed on television's The Waltons (1971). The Academy chose instead to memorialize another small bit part actor in films, Henry Jones.

Ellen Corby was born on June 3, 1911 in Racine, Wisconsin. Her parents were French-Canadian immigrants. She had four brothers and sisters. Corby attended high school in Racine and then went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After college, she worked as a secretary for a while before getting her big break in Hollywood.

Corby’s first film role was in the 1941 movie “The Grapes of Wrath.” She went on to appear in a number of other films, including “The Uninvited” (1944), “The Miracle Worker” (1962), and “The Waltons” (1972-1981). She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Waltons.”

Corby was married to actor Francis Compton from 1934 until his death in 1962. The couple had two daughters. Corby died on April 14, 1999 at the age of 87.

General Info

Full NameEllen Corby
DiedApril 14, 1999, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Screenwriter


SpouseFrancis Corby


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performanc...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Single Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Comedy Or Drama Series
MoviesVertigo, Sabrina, Shane, I Remember Mama, Caged, All Mine to Give, Pocketful of Miracles, On Moonlight Bay, Little Women, The Mating Season, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, The Legend of Lylah Clare, The Night of the Grizzly, Twilight on the Trail, Napoleon and Samantha, Angels in the Outfield, Suppo...
TV ShowsThe Waltons, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Mr. Terrific, Trackdown

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1Her mother died on September 9, 1963, at the age of 76. The loss of Ellen's mother left an emptiness that could never be filled. "A great deal of me disappeared with her. She was a large part of my life-much more than my husband ever was".
2"I can't go anywhere without meeting someone I worked with. When the children on 'The Waltons' heard that I worked with Laurel and Hardy, I was in".


1Corby was quoted as saying that her first acting job was in "Twisted Rails" according to the April 1985 issue of "Films in Review.".
2Played Edgar Bergen's wife twice - once as Aunt Trina in "I Remember Mama", and once as Grandma Walton in "The Homecoming".
3Ellen Corby was an enthusiastic practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, and was trained by its founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in 1969, as a TM teacher.
4Replaced Jessica Tandy as Aunt Trina in I Remember Mama (1948) after Tandy dropped out of the project in order to pursue A Woman's Vengeance (1948).
5In March of 2000, she was left out of the yearly "In Memoriam" segment of the The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000). Ellen, who was once nominated for an Oscar for her Supporting Role in I Remember Mama (1948), had really only played small bit parts in motion pictures for twenty years, before she became majorly noticed on television's The Waltons (1971). The Academy chose instead to memorialize another small bit part actor in films, Henry Jones.
6Returned for The Waltons (1971)' last show of the 1977-1978 season.
7Suffered a serious stroke in 1976.
8She spent 11 years as an unpaid script assistant at Poverty Row Pictures before becoming an actress(Her mother prepared all the lunches for staff).




The People's Choice1956-1958TV SeriesFlora Jordan / Miss J. Hopkins / Lola
Studio 571957TV Series
Rockabilly Baby1957Mrs. Wellington
The Adventures of Jim Bowie1957TV SeriesAdorine
Climax!1957TV SeriesMamie Steel
Night Passage1957Mrs. Feeney
God Is My Partner1957Mrs. Dalton
The Seventh Sin1957Sister Saint Joseph
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1957TV SeriesMinerva Comstock
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1957TV SeriesMartha
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin1957TV SeriesSally Benton
All Mine to Give1957Mrs. Raiden
The O. Henry Playhouse1957TV Series
Mr. Adams and Eve1957TV SeriesFan
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1957TV SeriesMrs. Jane McGill
The Go-Getter1956The Maid
Stagecoach to Fury1956Sarah Farrell
Lux Video Theatre1954-1956TV SeriesHarriet / Norah / Nurse / ...
Ethel Barrymore Theater1956TV Series
The Roy Rogers Show1956TV SeriesAmity Bailey
Cavalcade of America1956TV Series
I Love Lucy1956TV SeriesMiss Hanna
Telephone Time1956TV Series
Alias Mike Hercules1956TV SeriesBirdie Hackett
General Electric Summer Originals1956TV SeriesBirdie Hackett
Sneak Preview1956TV Series
Matinee Theatre1956TV SeriesLouise / Cissie
The Millionaire1955-1956TV SeriesBedelia Buckley / Nancy Marlborough
Slightly Scarlet1956Martha - June Lyons' Maid (uncredited)
Front Row Center1956TV Series
Illegal1955Miss Hinkel
Star Stage1955TV Series
Luke and the Tenderfoot1955TV Series
The Man Behind the Badge1955TV SeriesKatherine
Your Play Time1955TV Series
Stage 71955TV SeriesOld Lady
The Stu Erwin Show1955TV SeriesMartha
So This Is Hollywood1955TV SeriesMother Dodd
The Star and the Story1955TV Series
The Whistler1955TV SeriesMary Ellen Fenway
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1954TV Series
Big Town1953-1954TV Series
Sabrina1954Miss McCardle
The Mickey Rooney Show1954TV SeriesMartha
Susan Slept Here1954Coffee Shop Waitress (uncredited)
About Mrs. Leslie1954Mrs. Croffman
The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters1954Amelia Gravesend
The Ford Television Theatre1954TV SeriesMabel
Untamed Heiress1954Mrs. Flanny
Four Star Playhouse1953-1954TV SeriesMartha - Maid / Elsie
Dragnet1953-1954TV SeriesThelma Keene / Margaret Beckar
The Hank McCune Show1953TV Series
The Revlon Mirror Theater1953TV SeriesClara / Mrs. Logan
A Lion Is in the Streets1953Singing Woman
The Loretta Young Show1953TV SeriesJennie
You Are There1953TV SeriesMrs. Mary Surratt
The Vanquished1953Mrs. Barbour
Shane1953Mrs. Liz Torrey
Woman They Almost Lynched1953First Townswoman
Your Favorite Story1953TV Series
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet1952-1953TV SeriesAunt Ellen
My Hero1953TV SeriesHenrietta Sullivan
Your Jeweler's Showcase1952TV Series
Fearless Fagan1952Mrs. Ardley
Chevron Theatre1952TV Series
The Big Trees1952Sister Blackburn
The Sea Hornet1951Mrs. Drinkwater
The Barefoot Mailman1951Miss Della (uncredited)
Here Comes the Groom1951Mrs. McGonigle
Angels in the Outfield1951Sister Veronica
On Moonlight Bay1951Miss Mary Stevens
Goodbye, My Fancy1951Miss Birdshaw
Stars Over Hollywood1950-1951TV SeriesRosa Peterson
The Mating Season1951Annie
Harriet Craig1950Lottie
Edge of Doom1950Mrs. Jeanette Moore
Peggy1950Mrs. Privet, the Librarian
The Gunfighter1950Mrs. Devlin
Caged1950Emma Barber
Captain China1950Miss Endicott
Madame Bovary1949Félicité
Mighty Joe Young1949Nurse at Orphanage (uncredited)
Little Women1949Sophie
Rusty Saves a Life1949Miss Simmons (uncredited)
A Woman's Secret1949Nurse
The Dark Past1948Agnes
Strike It Rich1948Mrs. Annie Harkins
Fighting Father Dunne1948Colpeck's Secretary (uncredited)
The Noose Hangs High1948Hilda, the Maid (uncredited)
I Remember Mama1948Aunt Trina
The Judge Steps Out1947Mother at Party (uncredited)
Forever Amber1947Marge (uncredited)
Railroaded!1947Mrs. Wills (uncredited)
Driftwood1947Excitable Woman (uncredited)
The Fabulous Joe1947Cathy, the Maid (uncredited)
The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival1947Cathy, the Maid, in 'Fabulous Joe'
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer1947Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Cry Wolf1947Wedding Caterer (uncredited)
They Won't Believe Me1947Screaming Woman (uncredited)
Living in a Big Way1947Broken Arms' Sailors Wife (uncredited)
The Unfaithful1947Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
The Long Night1947Lady in Crowd (uncredited)
Born to Kill19472nd Maid (uncredited)
Beat the Band1947Gertrude's Mother (uncredited)
It's a Wonderful Life1946Ms. Davis (uncredited)
The Locket1946Ginny, Kitchen Maid (uncredited)
Sister Kenny1946Hospital Scrub Woman (uncredited)
Crack-Up1946Reynold's Maid (uncredited)
Till the End of Time1946Mrs. Sumpter (uncredited)
Lover Come Back1946Rita, Kay's Secretary (uncredited)
Cuban Pete1946Screaming Patient (uncredited)
In Old Sacramento1946Scrubwoman (uncredited)
The Dark Corner1946Maid (uncredited)
Bedlam1946Queen of the Artichokes (uncredited)
The Truth About Murder1946Betty - Ashton's Secretary (uncredited)
From This Day Forward1946Mother (uncredited)
The Spiral Staircase1946Neighbour (uncredited)
The Scarlet Horseman1946Mrs. Barnes (uncredited)
Cornered1945Swiss Maid (uncredited)
The Broken Coin1936Bit Part (uncredited)
Speed Limited1935Secretary (uncredited)
Babes in Toyland1934Townswoman at Tom-Tom's Trial (uncredited)
A Walton Easter1997TV MovieGrandma Walton
Twisted Rails1934Undetermined role (uncredited)
A Walton Wedding1995TV MovieGrandma Walton
Sons of the Desert1933Dress Person at Table Next to Chase's (uncredited)
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion1993TV MovieGrandma Walton
Rafter Romance1933Telemarketer (uncredited)
The Mississippi1983TV SeriesCora
A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain1982TV MovieGrandma Walton
A Wedding on Walton's Mountain1982TV MovieGrandma Walton
All the Way Home1981TV MovieGreat-Gandmaw
The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons1980TV MovieEsther Walton / Herself
The Waltons1971-1980TV SeriesEsther Walton
The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd1974TV MovieMa Floyd
Tenafly1973TV SeriesLeslie Storm
Love, American Style1971-1972TV SeriesGranny Gambler (segment "Love and Lady Luck") / The Little Old Lady (segment "Love and the Jury")
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesMiss Patience
Napoleon and Samantha1972Gertrude
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story1971TV MovieEsther Walton
The Partners1971TV SeriesMrs. Polaski
A Tattered Web1971TV MovieMrs. Simmons
The D.A.1971TV SeriesDottie Casson
Support Your Local Gunfighter1971Abigail
Cannon1971TV MovieTeacher
The Odd Couple1971TV SeriesFlorence
Adam-121969-1971TV SeriesCamille Gearhardt / Mrs. Cunningham
Dan August1971TV SeriesAgnes Oakes
The Red Skelton Hour1970TV SeriesLittle Old Lady
The F.B.I.1966-1970TV SeriesMrs. Anderson / Hannah Beecher / Aunt Florrie Buell / ...
The Bill Cosby Show1970TV SeriesMrs. Hilberman
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesMrs. Hopkins
Nanny and the Professor1970TV SeriesMrs. Kaufman
Lancer1969TV SeriesWidow Hargis
Angel in My Pocket1969Old Woman
The Outsider1969TV SeriesAunt Myrtle
Gomer Pyle: USMC1964-1969TV SeriesMother
Ironside1969TV SeriesAgnes Fairchild
Hawaii Five-O1968TV SeriesMrs. Feathertree
Lassie1961-1968TV SeriesAmy Baker / Bess Wright / Pearlie Mae Yochim / ...
The Guns of Will Sonnett1968TV SeriesMolly Cobb
The High Chaparral1968TV SeriesMrs. Dilts
A Fine Pair1968Maddy Walker
The Legend of Lylah Clare1968Script Girl
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1968TV SeriesWoman at Burton Ridge Land Office / Woman at Burton Ridge land office
Batman1968TV SeriesMrs. Green
The Felony Squad1968TV SeriesMrs. Smorg
Accidental Family1967TV Series
The Big Valley1967TV SeriesEmmie Pearson
The Gnome-Mobile1967Etta Pettibone (uncredited)
Rango1967TV Series
Please Don't Eat the Daisies1967TV SeriesMartha O'Reilly
Mr. Terrific1967TV SeriesMrs. Walters
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.1967TV SeriesMadame Bloor
The Invaders1967TV SeriesAunt Sara
Laredo1966TV SeriesMa Sweet
The Fugitive1966TV SeriesMrs. Murdock / Mrs. Barlow
The Glass Bottom Boat1966Anna Miller
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV SeriesMiss Purdy
The Night of the Grizzly1966Hazel Squires
Honey West1966TV SeriesNellie Peedy
Get Smart1966TV SeriesAgnes Davenport
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken1966Miss Neva Tremaine
Hazel1963-1965TV SeriesMinerva Anderson / Miss Minnie
Tammy1965TV SeriesFlorabelle
The Family Jewels1965Airline Passenger
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesMrs. Jacoby
The Farmer's Daughter1965TV SeriesMrs. Schuyler
The Donna Reed Show1965TV SeriesChristine Moss
The Addams Family1965TV SeriesMother Lurch
Daniel Boone1965TV SeriesHilda Brock
The Baileys of Balboa1965TV SeriesMiss Engeldorf
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesThe Chief Nurse
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte1964Town Gossip
The Virginian1964TV SeriesMrs. Clancy
The Beverly Hillbillies1964TV SeriesMrs. Emma Poke
My Living Doll1964TV SeriesElderly Lady
Destry1964TV SeriesGranny Jellico
The Strangler1964Mrs. Kroll
4 for Texas1963Widow
Channing1963TV SeriesRuth Wilson
The Lucy Show1963TV SeriesMiss Tanner / Woman in Park
The Littlest Hobo1963TV SeriesAda
The Caretakers1963Irene
The Andy Griffith Show1963TV SeriesMyrt 'Hubcaps' Lesh
McKeever & the Colonel1963TV SeriesMrs. Blackwell
The Dick Powell Theatre1962-1963TV SeriesMrs. Butterworth
Bonanza1960-1963TV SeriesCora Milford / Lorna Doone Mayberry
Saints and Sinners1962-1963TV SeriesMrs. Healy / Mrs. Riordan
Going My Way1963TV SeriesMrs. Brophy
Fair Exchange1962TV SeriesMaude Murphy
Dr. Kildare1962TV SeriesAinsley Hallie
Cheyenne1962TV SeriesHortense Durango
87th Precinct1962TV SeriesMrs. Brodek
Saintly Sinners1962Mrs. McKenzie
Follow the Sun1961TV SeriesAnnabelle Witherspoon
Pocketful of Miracles1961Soho Sal
The Rifleman1960-1961TV SeriesMrs. Morgan / Mrs. Avery
General Electric Theater1955-1961TV SeriesGracie Jordan / Ma Jericho / Frankie, Joan's maid
Frontier Circus1961TV SeriesAbby
The Asphalt Jungle1961TV SeriesMrs. Peterson
The Tab Hunter Show1961TV Series
Laramie1960-1961TV SeriesHortense Cotter / Mrs. Clark
Hennesey1960-1961TV SeriesMrs. Hammer - Landlady
The Tall Man1961TV SeriesHannah Blossom
Surfside 61961TV SeriesAddie Horton
The Jim Backus Show1961TV Series
Lock Up1959-1960TV SeriesAmy Kraus / Mrs. Cathrey
Tales of Wells Fargo1960TV SeriesKate Wiggam
Thriller1960TV SeriesMrs. Peele
Dennis the Menace1960TV SeriesMiss Douglas
The Rebel1960TV SeriesCarrie Blyden
Wagon Train1959-1960TV SeriesAunt Em
The Chevy Mystery Show1960TV SeriesMaria
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1955-1960TV SeriesEmma / Miss Samantha / Marie McGurk / ...
Tightrope1960TV SeriesHazel Mason
The Betty Hutton Show1960TV SeriesMrs. Bleeker
Adventures in Paradise1960TV SeriesSister Julia
Visit to a Small Planet1960Mrs. Mabel Mayberry
Richard Diamond, Private Detective1958-1959TV SeriesMiss Carter / Harriet
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1959TV SeriesMrs. Walters
Man Without a Gun1959TV SeriesMa Sibley
The Restless Gun1958-1959TV SeriesRuth Purcell / Mrs. Amy Morgan / Emma Birch
The Lineup1959TV Series
Perry Mason1959TV SeriesOld Lady Card Player
Trackdown1958-1959TV SeriesHenrietta Porter
Peter Gunn1959TV SeriesIrma Goffney
Union Pacific1959TV Series
77 Sunset Strip1959TV SeriesMartha Ward
The Texan1958TV SeriesKaty Clayton
Rescue 81958TV SeriesMrs. Kimbrough
Bronco1958TV SeriesEmma Hardin
Macabre1958Miss Kushins
As Young as We Are1958Nettie McPherson
Decision1958TV SeriesGranny Dawson
Alcoa Theatre1958TV SeriesElvira Moss
Vertigo1958Manager of McKittrick Hotel
Leave It to Beaver1958TV SeriesPedestrian


The Waltons1973-1976TV Series story by - 2 episodes
Hoppy's Holiday1947story
Twilight on the Trail1941screenplay
The Broken Coin1936as Ellen Hansen


Cornered1945script supervisor - uncredited
Swiss Miss1938script supervisor - uncredited
Three Men in a Tub1938Short script clerk - uncredited


The Waltons1976TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Walton Legacy1997TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself
CBS: On the Air1978TV Mini-Series documentary
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1976TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1974TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Merv Griffin Show1974TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
The Laurel and Hardy Show1986TV SeriesDress Person (1986)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1975-1978TV SeriesEtta Pettibone / Gertrude
The Waltons1977TV SeriesEsther Walton
Luke and the Tenderfoot1965TV Movie


Won Awards

1989Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Waltons (1971)
1975Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Waltons (1971)
1974Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionThe Waltons (1971)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in DramaThe Waltons (1971)
1949Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressI Remember Mama (1948)

Nominated Awards

1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama SeriesThe Waltons (1971)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionThe Waltons (1971)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Waltons (1971)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionThe Waltons (1971)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actress in DramaThe Waltons (1971)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaThe Waltons (1971)
1949OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleI Remember Mama (1948)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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