Ronnie Claire Edwards
|Ronnie Claire Edwards|
Edwards at The Waltons 40th Anniversary in 2012
February 9, 1933|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 14, 2016 (aged 83)|
Ronnie Claire Edwards (February 9, 1933 – June 14, 2016) was an American actress, best known for playing Corabeth Walton Godsey on the TV series The Waltons.
Edwards was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She acted professionally from 1963 and is best known for the role of the domineering Corabeth Walton Godsey, the wife of storekeeper Ike Godsey played by Joe Conley, in the CBS television series The Waltons, created by Earl Hamner, Jr. She played Charlene's mother Ione Frazier on two episodes of CBS's Designing Women. Edwards played Aunt Dolly in Hamner's series Boone, which aired on NBC from 1983 to 1984. She co-starred in the NBC series Sara (1985) opposite Geena Davis. She briefly appeared on an episode of PBS's Antiques Roadshow (2008) from Dallas, Texas, when she brought in for appraisal a chair formerly owned by P.T. Barnum. She also appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Thine Own Self" and the remake of Inherit the Wind (1999).
Edwards was the author of several books, including memoirs published in 2012. In 2000, The Knife Thrower's Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target was published. She previously had created and performed a one-woman show under the same title, which she took to the Edinburgh Fringe in 1993. She also co-wrote a musical play Idols of the King as a tribute to Elvis Presley's career, legacy and most passionate fans.
Personal life and death
Edwards restored a 1911 Catholic church on Swiss Avenue in Dallas and made it her home after selling her mansion in Los Angeles to Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea in 2008. She died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in her sleep on June 14, 2016 at age 83. She left no immediate survivors. Her obituary in The Washington Post wrote "Survivors include a brother and sister."
|1963||All the Way Home||Sally|||
|1978||Five Days from Home||Marian Lemoore||Drama film directed by and starring George Peppard|||
|1980||Getting Wasted||Mrs. Carson||Comedy film directed and co-written by Paul Frizler|
|1985||Perfect||Melody||Romantic drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by James Bridges|||
|1986||Nobody's Fool||Bingo||Comedy film directed by Evelyn Purcell|||
|1988||The Dead Pool||Molly Fisher||Action film directed by Buddy Van Horn|||
|1994||8 Seconds||Carolyn Kyle||Biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen|||
|2000||Sordid Lives||Funeral Guest||Romantic comedy film directed and written by Del Shores|||
|2002||A Day Out with Gordy||Flo||Short film directed by Danika Kohler Doman|
|1974||The American Parade||"The 34th Star"|
|1974||Paper Moon||"Gimme That Old Time Relation"|
|1974||This Is the West That Was||TV film|
|1975–1981||The Waltons||Corabeth Walton Godsey||Recurring role|
|1976||Future Cop||Dr. Avery||"Pilot"|
|1978||When Every Day Was the Fourth of July||Mrs. Najarian||TV film|
|1982||A Wedding on Walton's Mountain||Corabeth Walton Godsey||TV film|
|1982||Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain||Corabeth Walton Godsey||TV film|
|1982||A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain||Corabeth Walton Godsey||TV film|
|1983–84||Boone||Aunt Dolly Sawyer||Main role|
|1985||Falcon Crest||Maxie McCoy||"Vicious Circle"|
|1985||Sara||Helen Newcomb||Main role|
|1985||Crazy Like a Fox||"Desert Fox"|
|1985||Dynasty||Sister Theresa||"The Gown", "The Titans"|
|1987–88||Designing Women||Ione Frazier||"Nashville Bound", "Come on and Marry Me, Bill"|
|1988||Just in Time||Carly Hightower||Main role|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Sylvia McMasters||"Snow White, Blood Red"|
|1989||Sweet Bird of Youth||Aunt Nonnie||TV film|
|1990||In the Heat of the Night||Lorraine Reeves||"Perversions of Justice"|
|1990||Guess Who's Coming for Christmas?||Martha||TV film|
|1991||The Torkelsons||Bootsie||"The Cotillion", "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss", "For Love or Money", "Men Don't Leave"|
|1993||A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion||Corabeth Walton||TV film|
|1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Talur||"Thine Own Self"|
|1994||A Walton Wedding||Corabeth Walton Godsey||TV film|
|1997||A Walton Easter||Corabeth Walton Godsey||TV film|
|1999||Inherit the Wind||Mrs. Haley||TV film|
|2003||Sweet Potato Queens||TV film|
|2007||12 Miles of Bad Road||Harlene||"Collateral Verbiage", "Moonshadow"|
- Ronnie Claire Edwards, The Knife Thrower's Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target, Hawk Publishing Group, (October 2000), ISBN 978-1-930709-16-4
- The Washington Post Staff (June 17, 2016). "Ronnie Claire Edwards, actress on 'Waltons,' dies at 83". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: WP Company and Nash Holdings. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- Korosec, Thomas (July 22, 2009). "Q&A with Ronnie Claire Edwards". D Magazine. Dallas: D Magazine Partners. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
- Wilonsky, Robert (January 25, 2010). "Swiss Ave. Church, Now Actor's Home and Artists Residence, Almost a City Landmark". Dallas Observer. Dallas: Voice Media Group. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
- The Herald Staff (August 20, 1993). "They Would Never Credit Mrs. Godsey". The Herald. Glasgow: Herald & Times Group. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- USA Today Staff (June 15, 2016). "Ronnie Claire Edwards of 'The Waltons' dies". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- Barnes, Mike (June 15, 2016). "Ronnie Claire Edwards, Actress on 'The Waltons,' Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group (Eldridge Industries). Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "All the Way Home". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- Agee, James (1957). A Death in the Family (1st ed.). New York City: McDowell, Obolensky Inc. ASIN B0006AV5JE.
- Mosel, Tad (1961). All the Way Home: A Drama in Three Acts (Acting ed.). New York City: Samuel French, Inc. ASIN B0007DKA82.
- "Five Days from Home". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "Perfect". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "Nobody's Fool". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "The Dead Pool". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "8 Seconds". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "Sordid Lives". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.