Kami Cotler

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Kami Cotler
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Cotler at The Waltons 40th Anniversary in 2012
Born (1965-06-17) June 17, 1965 (age 53)
OccupationActress, educator
Years active1971–2011

Kami Cotler (born June 17, 1965) is an American actress and educator. She is best known for her role as young Elizabeth Walton, which she played in the series The Waltons, and the television film The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971) which inspired it, as well as a number of later Waltons reunion productions.


Cotler significantly reduced her acting roles for many years while she attended University of California, Berkeley, earning a degree in Social Sciences.[1] Her first teaching job, coincidentally, took her to a small rural Virginia school in the Blue Ridge Mountains, much like the fictional one she attended on The Waltons. Cotler returned to California in 2001 and took a position teaching 9th grade at Environmental Charter High School. In 2004, Cotler accepted the job as co-director of the Ocean Charter School, a position held until 2007 when she started her own educational consulting business. She served as the founding Principal of Environmental Charter Middle School, an education facility in southern Los Angeles County, California.[2] Cotler is a past board member of the American Montessori Society.

In addition to working as an educator, Cotler ran her own boutique travel company and managed a San Francisco cafe. She has reprised her role as the youngest Walton child in each of the Waltons' reunion movies and she occasionally makes speeches and personal appearances. In 2010, Cotler was seen on a Waltons cast reunion and series retrospective that aired on cable network INSP. She is married and has two children.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Homecoming: A Christmas Story Elizabeth TV film which inspired The Waltons
1972 The Heist Wendy Craddock TV movie
1972–1981 The Waltons Elizabeth Walton TV series
1972 Me and the Chimp Kitty Reynolds 13 episodes
1979 Family Feud Herself Episode: "Dukes of Hazzard vs. The Waltons "
1980 The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons Elizabeth Walton / Herself TV movie
1982 A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain Elizabeth Walton TV movie
1982 Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain Elizabeth Walton TV movie
1982 A Wedding on Walton's Mountain Elizabeth Walton TV movie
1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Elizabeth Walton TV movie
1995 A Walton Wedding Elizabeth Walton TV movie
1997 A Walton Easter Elizabeth Walton TV movie
2004 A Walton's Family Reunion Herself Documentary special


  1. ^ "Board and Administration bios". Environmental Charter Schools. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  2. ^ "Kami Cotler bio". Cherryblossom Festival Committee website. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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