llen Hansen Corby (June 3, 1911 – April 14, 1999) was an American actress. She is most widely remembered for the role of Grandma Esther Walton on the CBS television series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards.
Ellen Corby began a career of playing small and supporting roles in the 40s -- from film noir in '45 to 'It's a Wonderful Life' in '46. In 1948 Corby was Oscar-nominated for her supporting role as Aunt Trina in "I Remember Mama." But her career didn't take off after this recognition as many others' had. In the late 50s and 60's she found work in television including a "criminal" part on The Andy Griffith Show. At age 60, Corby found security when she was cast as Grandma Esther Walton.