Ellen Corby Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Husband

Ellen Corby Net Worth

Ellen Corby had an estimated net worth of $2 million at death. Ellen Hansen Corby was an American actress best known for playing Esther “Grandma” Walton in the CBS television series “The Waltons,” for which she won three Emmy Awards. Corby, a Wisconsin native, became interested in amateur theatre while in high school and began her career as a chorus girl. She earned the majority of her income from movies and TV shows.

She later relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked as a script girl for RKO Studios and Hal Roach Studios. While she appeared in several films during the 1930s and 1940s, her first role was as Cathy, the maid, in the 1947 featurette comedy film ‘The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival.’

She had her breakthrough role in ‘I Remember Mama’ a year later. She had over 260 film and television credits over the course of her 66-year career. Corby was not mentioned during the yearly ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the 72nd Academy Awards after her death in 1999, owing to her preference for small roles in films (2000).

To calculate Ellen Corby’s net worth, add up all of her assets and subtract her debts, also known as liabilities.

Ellen Corby’s assets include everything she owns, such as the amount of money in her checking or savings account, real estate equity, savings and investment plans, and items with a clear market value (car, jewelry, clothes, art, etc.).

All outstanding debts, including the remaining balance on her home, car, business or personal loan, credit card debt, back taxes, and anything else she still owes, are included in her liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Ellen Corby
Net Worth: $2 Million
Salary Per Episode $40 Thousand
Annual Income: $500 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Actress and Screenwriter

Early Life

Ellen Corby was born on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin, the daughter of Danish immigrants. She grew up in Philadelphia and became interested in amateur theater when she was in high school.

In 1932, she relocated to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and worked briefly as a chorus girl.

She moved to Hollywood sometime in the mid-1930s and worked as a script girl at RKO Studios and Hal Roach Studios for the next 11 years. She took acting classes when she wasn’t working.


Ellen Corby made her film debut in the 1933 war drama ‘Storm at Daybreak.’ She only had uncredited roles throughout the 1930s and most of the 1940s.

Corby landed the role of Aunt Trina in George Stevens’ 1948 drama ‘I Remember Mama’ after appearing as Cathy, the maid, in ‘The Fabulous Joe’ streamliner of ‘Hal Roach’s Comedy Carnival’ in 1947.

She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1949 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in ‘I Remember Mama.’

Corby made her television debut in 1950, as recurring character Rosa Peterson in ‘Stars over Hollywood.’ While she had played a variety of characters on film, it was on television that she truly thrived. She appeared in several episodes of ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ between 1955 and 1960.

She also played the recurring role of Henrietta Porter in 24 episodes of CBS’ western drama ‘Trackdown.’ She appeared as a variety of characters on CBS’ legendary family adventure show ‘Lassie’ between 1961 and 1968. Between 1966 and 1970, she also played a variety of characters on ‘The F.B.I.’

She appeared in the horror thriller ‘Macabre’ in 1958. In the black-and-white science fiction film ‘Visit to a Small Planet,’ she played Mrs. Mabel Mayberry.

She co-starred in the Technicolor film ‘Pocketful of Miracles’ with Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, and Hope Lange in 1961. Her final film appearance was in ‘Napoleon and Samantha,’ a 1972 adventure drama.

Toward the end of her career, she was primarily seen in the television series ‘The Waltons.’ Her final appearance on screen was in the 1997 telefilm ‘A Walton Easter.’ Corby received the Golden Boot Award in 1989.

Major Works

Ellen Corby played Esther Walton in both the 1971 telefilm pilot ‘The Homecoming: A Christmas Story’ and the subsequent family drama television series ‘The Waltons.’ She was the only adult actor to have received such an honor.

Her real-life stroke in 1976 was incorporated into the story, and her character was shown recovering from it. She was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance and won three of them (1973, 1975, and 1976). She was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and won one (1974).

Personal Life & Husband

Ellen met Francis Corby, a filmmaker and cinematographer, while working as a script girl at RKO and Hal Roach Studios. They tied the knot in 1934 and divorced in 1944. Corby never married again, and the couple had no children.

Corby had a stroke in November 1976, but recovered and went on to appear in a number of projects after that.

On April 14, 1999, she died at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. At the time, she was 87 years old. Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, is where she is remembered.

Corby received training to become a transcendental meditation teacher in 1969.

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