Mary Elizabeth McDonough

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Mary Elizabeth McDonough
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McDonough at The Waltons 40th Anniversary in September 2012
Born (1961-05-04) May 4, 1961 (age 57)
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Rob Wickstorm (1988–1996) Don (2011–present)
Children1 (daughter with Wickstorm)

Mary Elizabeth McDonough (born May 4, 1961) is an American actress, best known for her role as Erin Walton on The Waltons from 1972 to 1981. In 1988, she married Rob Wickstrom, with whom she has a daughter, Sydnee. The couple divorced in 1996. She has lupus erythematosus, claimed to be from leaking silicone breast implants.[1] In the 2000s, she returned to television acting, guest-starring on Boston Legal and The New Adventures of Old Christine. McDonough is a radio guest and has been on international and syndicated shows such as Get Focused Radio with Kate Hennessy. She can be seen on the internet on the show McDougall M.D. as part of the broadcasts on the TBN network.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Lovely But Deadly Denise
1983 Mortuary Christie Parson
1984 Snowballing Karen Reed
1985 Impure Thoughts Sister Juliet
1985 Waiting to Act Linda
1987 Funland Kristin Cumming
1989 The Making of Me Wife / Mother of newborn Short film
1991 Mom Alice
1994 Heaven Sent Kathy Chandler
1997 One of Those Nights Andrea Harris
2014 The Costume Shop Jessica's Mom
2014 Monster Hunters USA And Day Care Center Mom Daily Short film
2018 Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane Caroline Reynolds Hallmark film


Year Title Role Notes
1981 General Hospital Heidi Hopkins TV series
1971 The Homecoming: A Christmas Story Erin Walton TV pilot for The Waltons
1972–1981 The Waltons Erin Walton Main role (213 episodes)
1979 Beat The Clock Herself (contestant) Game show (5 episodes)
1980 The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons Erin Walton TV film
1981 Midnight Offerings Robin Prentiss Television film
1982 A Wedding on Walton's Mountain Erin Walton TV film
1982 Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain Erin Walton TV film
1982 A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain Erin Walton Northridge TV film
1982 The Love Boat Laura Barber 1 episode
1983 The Love Boat Abby Foster Episode: "Abby's Maiden Voyage"
1989 Hunter Vera Donovan Episode: "A Girl Named Hunter"
1993 Bodies of Evidence Sarah Gentry Episode: "The Formula"
1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Erin Walton Northridge TV film
1995 A Walton Wedding Erin Walton Northridge TV film
1995 The Secret World of Alex Mack Betsy Phillips Episode: "Suspect"
1996 Promised Land Claire's Mother Episode: "Christmas"
1997 A Walton Easter Erin Walton Northridge TV film
1997 ER Jean Twomey Episode: "Random Acts"
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Colleen Akins Episode: "Baby Boom"
1998 The Pretender Mrs. Falk Episode: "Crash"
1999 Ally McBeal Attorney Gloria Stepp Episode: "Only the Lonely"
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Jill Allen Episode: "Safe House"
2001 The Division Mrs. Berwin Episode: "Secrets and Lies"
2002 The West Wing Beth Episode: "Game On"
2002 Will & Grace Mom Episodes: "Humongous Growth", "All About Christmas Eve"
2006 Boston Legal Janice Warner Episode: "Smile"
2006 Where There's a Will Dr. Burton TV film
2006–2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Mrs. Wilhoite Recurring role (8 episodes)
2007 Christmas at Cadillac Jack's Madge TV film
2012 Lake Effects Elizabeth TV film

Other work[edit]

Year Title Notes
1998 Creampuff Associate producer
2000 For the Love of May Director & writer


  • Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton, Kensington, March 2011 (with Beverly Nault) ISBN 978-0-7582-6366-7


  1. ^ McDonough, Mary (5 September 2003). "Our Stories - Mary McDonough". Archived from the original on 6 August 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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