Ellen Corby from The Waltons wrote a book about a traveling pebble

It was inspired by her own trips around the world.

Image: AP / Vantage Press

Ellen Corby will forever be remembered as Grandma Esther on The Waltons. She appeared on the show through most of its run, even persevering after suffering a severe stroke in 1976. She was also in the TV movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which aired first and was then developed into the show. No other adult actors crossed over from the original movie to the series.

While she was certainly a talented actress, winning three Emmys for her role on The Waltons, acting wasn’t her only passion. She also enjoyed writing and telling stories. She worked on movie scripts in the 1930s and ‘40s and received story credit on two Waltons episodes, The Separation and The Search.

She also wrote an “autobiography” about a traveling pebble called The Pebble of Gibraltar. Except it’s not her autobiography, it’s “as told to Ellen Corby” by the pebble – according to the book’s cover.

In reality, it’s a fun, educational novel about a little rock that travels around southern Europe, visiting Spain, France and Italy. The inside cover proclaims “a uniquely imaginative allegory with many perceptive, humorous, and historical treasures among its pages.”

Though she started writing it in the early 1970s, it wasn’t officially published until 1988. The book was inspired by her love of travel. She enjoyed visiting Morocco, India and many other places around the world. Who knew homebody Grandma Walton was played by such an avid wanderer!

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Lillyrose 6 days ago
Ellen Corby was also Miss Hannah on the episode of "I Love Lucy" called "Lucy Meets Orson Welles." Hilarious!
Debby 11 days ago
I loved The Waltons. One of my all-time favorite TV shows. I used to watch it with my grandfather each week. He would tell me about his younger years, and I was fascinated. Ellen Corby reminded me of my own grandmother who passed away suddenly in 1974.
Angela 11 days ago
I really liked salty Grandma Walton, but after her stroke when the only words she could say were, "Oh, my", it was painful to watch the show.😕
harlow1313 12 days ago
"Hubcaps" Lesh, how I loath thee,
BelleFleur 13 days ago
Never cared for the Waltons, so Ellen Corby will always be known to me as "Mrs. Lesch", the shyster who sold Barney Fife his first car, a major lemon.
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