How well do you know the career of Ellen Corby?

She was much more than Grandma Walton.

Her role as the terse but tender Grandma Walton brought her worldwide fame, but Ellen Corby had been acting for nearly four decades before she was cast on The Waltons. She was in everything from wacky sitcoms to Hitchcock thrillers.

How well do you know Ellen Corby's long Hollywood career? Take this quiz to put your knowledge to the test!

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  1. Ellen Corby is most famous for playing Grandma Walton. What is Grandma’s first name?
  2. True or false: Corby was in “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” which was developed into The Waltons.
  3. Which season did Corby make her last appearance on The Waltons?
  4. How many Waltons reunion movies was Corby in?
  5. Corby shows up in a memorable episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ playing a seemingly nice old woman who…
  6. Corby was also in one episode of ‘The Addams Family’ playing the mother of which character?
  7. Corby had a small role as a hotel manager in which Alfred Hitchcock thriller?
  8. True or false: Corby appeared in three Jack Webb police shows — the 1950s Dragnet, the 1960s Dragnet reboot, and Adam-12.
  9. Corby appeared in the movie ‘Napoleon and Samantha’ starring Michael Douglas, a very young Jodie Foster and which future Waltons costar?
  10. Corby was in the original iteration of which movie later remade in the 1990s?
  11. In a 1974 TV movie, Corby played the mother of which notorious 1930s outlaw played by Martin Sheen?
  12. Corby played Aunt Ellen in two episodes of which 1950s sitcom?
  13. Corby’s first role was a small, uncredited part in the movie ‘Storm at Daybreak’ released in what year?
  14. True or false: the TV movie ‘A Walton Easter’ was Corby’s last TV appearance.

How well do you know the career of Ellen Corby?

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Mike 3 months ago
In the pilot film of The Invaders, Ellen Corby was a sweet little old lady who befriended Roy Thinnes - and then turned out to be One Of THEM.
vinman63 19 months ago
She was in two Laurel and Hardy movies .Sons of the desert and Babes in Toy Land.
Lillyrose 24 months ago
5 out of 14. Ellen Corby was also in the 1954 movie "Sabrina," and and episode of "I Love Lucy" called "Lucy Meets Orson Welles." Hilarious episode! Ellen Corby was Miss Hanna.
L 29 months ago
She was in the 1949 version of Little Women (the maid in the house Jo go to in NY). She was in The Big Trees as one of the religious communities. She was one of the airplane passengers in The Family Jewels.

There are probably more but these are the regular movies I watch.
29 months ago
She was a ditzy inmate in "Caged" & played a ditzy spinster who finally found a fella in "I Remember Mama. "
ThomasStratford 29 months ago
Interesting that the quiz failed to mention her one nomination for an Oscar in “I Remember Mama”!
Lillyrose 29 months ago
8 out of 14. Ellen Corby was also on an episode of "I Love Lucy." The episode is "Lucy meets Orson Welles." Corby played Miss Hanna.
Evan 30 months ago
3/14. I believe she was in Shane but no question in this quiz!
rrichards64 30 months ago
She had one Sean on Its A Wonderful Life. Opposite James Stewart.
Not sure I think he kiss's Her?
Yes, she was in the scene where George Bailey kisses her across the counter of the Building and Loan, when they were trying to save it by giving small amounts of money to their customers who were afraid they would lose all their money. Uncle Billy lost the $8,000 he intended to deposit into their bank deposit account before he got it deposited. Mr. Potter found it wrapped up in a newspaper that Uncle Billy had been carrying when he got to the bank, and laid it on a table for filling out deposit forms, etc. During the panicked run on the S&L, Ellen Corby's character only asked for a very small, specific amount of money, instead of everything she had in her account, which prompted Jimmy Stewart's character, George Baily, to kiss her on the cheek.
MarkSpeck 30 months ago
6 out of 14. Way too many Waltons questions. I was hoping to see something about her roles on The Fugitive and Hawaii Five-O.
TheDavBow3 30 months ago
7/14. I guess I DON'T know the career of Ellen Corby! G'night Grandmaw!
MrsPhilHarris 30 months ago
How well do I know the career of Ellen Corby? Not very well. 6/14.
Jeanna_MD 30 months ago
You left out her really delightful Oscar nominated role in "I Remember Mama" in which she married Candace Bergen's father (to drop some more tv related trivia), famed radio star ventriloquist Edgar Bergen in a rare character actor type film role.
CarolKelley Jeanna_MD 30 months ago
I love that movie! TCM shows it every Mother's Day. If you've never seen it, watch it next Mother's Day because it's a gem.
daDoctah 30 months ago
That episode of The Andy Griffith Show she did also featured one of the eight appearances of Allan Melvin, who played a different character each time he was on the show.
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