Ellen Corby

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Ellen Hansen Corby (June 3, 1911 — April 14, 1999) was an American actress. Her most famous role was Grandma Esther Walton in the television drama The Waltons. She played that role from 1972 to 1980. She received three Emmy Awards for it.

Corby was born in Racine, Wisconsin. She grew up in Philadelphia. She suffered a stroke in November 1976. She died 23 years after the stroke in Los Angeles, California.

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