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‘The Waltons’ Star Ronnie Claire Edwards Dies at 83

Edwards Joined the Cast of 'The Waltons' in Season Three

Ronnie Claire Edwards, who is remembered for her portrayal of Corabeth Walton Godsey on CBS family drama “The Waltons” passed away in her sleep last night. She was 83. The news broke on her Facebook page.

Born on Feb. 9, 1933 in Oklahoma City, Edwards joined the cast of “The Waltons” in the third season and remained an integral presence through the nine seasons (and six reunion movies). Following “The Waltons,” she had regularly scheduled roles in three short-lived series: NBC drama “Boone” in 1983-84, NBC sitcom “Sara” in 1985, and ABC sitcom “Just in Time” in 1988. She also guest-starred in series like “Falcon Crest,” “Crazy Like a Fox,” “Dynasty,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Designing Women.” And she appeared on the big screen in “The Dead Pool” in 1988 and “8 Seconds” in 1993.

Edwards was also the author of 2000 biography, “The Knife Thrower’s Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target.” Most recently, she was residing in a converted church in Dallas.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I had forgotten that she had guested on Designing Women. I think she played Charlene’s mother.

  2. SO very sad to learn of the passing of this enormously talented, beautiful woman. God bless, Ronnie, and say hello to Mr. Godsey (Joe Conley).

      • Me too. I have seen video interviews with her on You Tube, and she was VERY sweet, unlike her character on “The Waltons”. And, I think she was VERY beautiful. I’m just really sad, the same sadness I felt when Joe Conley (Ike Godsey) passed away. People can make fun of me all they want. I LOVED “The Waltons”, and there wasn’t one episode that didn’t bring out a few tears in me. God bless Ronnie Claire, I wish her eternal peace and love and happiness. I’ll get to meet her …..eventually.

  3. Ronnie Claire Edwards was a class act. She was a great under rated actress!

    I watched a live interview with Ms. Edwards last year and she came across as a very nice person, humble, very, very intelligent, wicked sense of humor. She was up to date with the world. Wow.

    The actors of today are talentless, classless, clueless.

    RIP “Cora Beth”. You will be missed.

    • She was a great addition on The Waltons and the main attraction by the time the series ended.