‘The Waltons’: Why Judy Norton Was Closer to Some Co-Stars

by Quentin Blount

It turns out that Judy Norton from The Waltons was closer to some of the co-stars on set than perhaps she was with others.

You probably remember Norton by the name Mary Ellen. She rose to fame during the 1970s while playing Mary Ellen Walton on The Waltons and subsequent TV movies. Beginning in 1972, the show lasted for nine seasons on CBS until it was canceled in 1981. NBC quickly picked up where they left off and aired three television film sequels in 1982. CBS also aired three of their own in the 1990s.

Widely viewed as one of the best shows of its time, Judy Norton and the rest of The Waltons cast members are still popular to this day. In fact, Judy Norton even has her own YouTube channel. It’s there where she answers questions about the show and once discussed how she and the other kids were very close.

“For us, the kids, we were very close,” Norton recalled in a past “Ask Judy” segment. “We went to lunch together every day. You know, I saw more of them during the times when we were filming, those nine months out of the year, than I did my own brother and sister or my friends. And the same thing with the rest of them.”

But their closeness and bond did not just end on set. Norton says that she and the rest of her co-stars spent time hanging out off set as well.

“We did things together off set as well,” she explained. “We did publicity events and parades together. And we sometimes just did things for fun together. So, as with real siblings, we didn’t always get along. There were times that I was mad at one or the other of them but that didn’t mean I didn’t still love them.”

You can watch the entire “Ask Judy” session down below:

‘The Waltons’ Actress Was Closer to Those Near Her Own Age

However, there was a period of time when Judy Norton was closer to some than the others. And it makes total sense why. She revealed in the “Ask Judy” segment above that she spent more time with cast members who were around her own age. And near the end of the show, she began to grow closer to some of the younger actors and actresses.

“Because of the age,” Norton said. “You know, when I was 14-15, Kami was only 7 or 8. So, I didn’t have a lot in common with her. But toward the end of the show when I was in my early 20s and she was 16-17, that’s not such a big difference. You have a lot more in the way that you can relate to each other. So, I was closer to some of the younger ones later on when we had more life experience that we could share.”

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