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Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known for playing the character Corabeth Godsey on The Waltons has passed away at the age of 83.
Before starring on The Waltons, Edwards had already appeared on several television shows, including Paper Moon and Future Cop. Edwards took the part of Corabeth in 1975, and remained with the show until it was canceled in 1981.
While Edwards’ character on The Waltons was portrayed as a bit of a snob, in real life Edwards was nothing of the sort. Despite her character’s sometimes sour attitude, Edwards went on to become one of the most beloved actors of her time.
After The Waltons ended, Edwards starred in three television movies based on the show in 1982 and others in 1993 and 1995. She also acted in a film with Clint Eastwood called The Dead Pool, and appeared in television movies such as Guess Who’s Coming for Christmas.
One of Edwards’ other major accomplishments was a play she co-wrote called Idols of the King, which is about the fans of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.
Edwards made sure to stay connected to her fans throughout her life, and maintained an active Facebook page, which is where the news of her death was first reported. She passed away in her sleep on Tuesday (June 14).
“Our beautiful and extraordinary friend has peacefully made her final curtain call,” read the announcement of Edwards’ death on her Facebook page.
We’re so saddened to hear about the news of Edwards’ death. She was a true talent, and she’ll be dearly missed. Our prayers go out to all of her family and friends.
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