Without a doubt, “The Waltons” is one of the most memorable television shows in a generation. And Kami Cotler, who played Elizabeth Walton starting at the age of 16, was one of the show’s brightest stars.
Cotler recently gave an interview to VisonTV.Ca about her favorite memories from the show. She listed a lot of great times, but said choosing her favorite memory was “impossible.”
“Superlatives are impossible,” Cotler told the entertainment news website. There are many favorite moments and memories. Any time we had a special event or special effect on the show. Falling off a bridge, swimming with beavers, listening to Will Geer tell stories, using Warner Brothers’ back lot as my own personal playground…many things.”
Kami Cotler on “The Waltons”
Kami Cotler first appeared on “The Waltons” when she was six years old. Cotler said it was a “very positive” experience being around so many other child actors at such a young age.
“The adult actors and production staff established a friendly and professional working environment,” Cotler said. “Being one of many child actors ensured there was always someone to hang out with. I think I was lucky to be the baby, so there were many people to look out for me.”
Cotler appeared on the show between 1972 and 1981, according to her IMDB page. She later appeared in “The Waltons” television movies such as A Wedding on Walton’s Mountain, A Day for Thanks on Walton’s Mountain, and Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane.
“The Waltons” still has a loyal fan base today even though the show went off air in the 1980s. Cotler credits the show’s success to its portrayal of real-life experiences.
“I think the show presented things that were universal to the human experience – family, struggle, love of nature,” she said. “I think the real relationships and caring that we experienced making the show shone through to the audience and made it a more authentic experience.”
Life After “The Waltons”
Kami Cotler left the entertainment industry altogether following her stint on “The Waltons”. Instead, she chose to focus on education for herself and others. Currently, Cotler is the Acting Principal at ECMS-Gardena and the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Environmental Charter Schools in California.
But, even though Cotler left the industry, she still holds fond memories of her time on “The Waltons.” She said that one of the biggest life lessons she learned while on the show is “appreciating difference.”
“If I hadn’t been on the show, I would have been raised in a middle class Los Angeles suburb and rarely interact with anyone different than myself,” Cotler told VisionTV.ca. “Because of actors and crew I met on the show, my world was vastly expanded. Meeting fans also enabled me to interact with a wide range of folks. It helped me understand how we can be different, and still be good people.”