Irene Dunne on The Jack Benny Show

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This is a companion piece to Babyface Bogart on The Jack Benny Show, which was presented yesterday on this blog.  The two really have no connection as far as its “Big Stars” other than Jack Benny, but I couldn’t choose between them so here they are as a twofer.

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Return to Walton’s Mountain

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R.I.P. Ralph Waite

Originally posted on cinematically insane:

the-waltons_thumb On March 30, 1978, in the final episode of the sixth season of The Waltons , Emmy-winning actress Ellen Corby returned to the role of Grandma Esther Walton after surviving a near-fatal stroke fifteen months earlier.

The 66-year-old veteran character actress was partially paralyzed and her ability to speak was severely impaired. Producer Earl Hamner Jr. (who wrote Spencer’s Mountain, the autobiographical novel upon which the series was based, and also served as narrator) could have decided to kill Grandma off, or recast the role, as he would later do with the character of John-Boy after star Richard Thomas left the series. Instead, he chose to write Corby’s illness and recovery into the storyline. It was a bold decision, and Corby’s willingness to perform on national television in a physically compromised state was enormously courageous.

grandma3I was 9-years-old when Grandma Comes Home aired and it was, by far, the most…

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