How many celebrities did Judy Norton meet while working on “The Waltons”?
Being a famous celebrity has its perks including working on one of the most iconic production studios in Hollywood. During her time with the show, Norton spent most of her days at Warner Brothers Studio. That’s where most of the sets for “The Waltons” were housed. But that wasn’t the only show that filmed there. There were countless popular television shows and movies filmed at the same studio. During the latest episode of her video series, “Behind-the-Scenes With Judy Norton,” Norton revealed the list of celebrities she interacted with while playing Mary Ellen on “The Waltons.”
“I absolutely adore being on studio lots,” said Norton. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work on a lot of different studio lots since I was a child. Just the magic and history, I just feel it everywhere when I’m on the lot. And Warner Brothers has quite a history.”
Norton added that the studio was both a home and a workplace for her.
“It was my home for ten years really between nine years of the series and the initial reunion movies,” said Norton. “You know, it was my playground as well as my place of work. And what’s better than working somewhere that is also a joy?”
Who Did Judy Norton Meet At Warner Brothers Studio While Acting On ‘The Waltons’?
This is the part of the video where everything gets really interesting. Norton begins listing all the productions that occurred on the same studio lot as “The Waltons.” First, she revealed that the sound stage for “Bonanza” was right next door to “The Waltons” set. The same sound stage was used for the 1976 movie “A Star is Born” with Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Streisand. Norton said that she saw Streisand on set one day but admits that she was too “tongue-tied” to talk with her.
Norton also shared that the costumer who worked on “The Waltons” also worked on the 1976 film, “All The President’s Men.” The movie filmed its interior scenes at Warner Brothers Studio. So, Norton visited her costumer friend on the set of the movie and actually saw Robert Redford talking over a scene with the director.
We are loving all these crossovers! Another great moment that Norton shared included the cast of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Norton said that the show shared a backlot with “The Waltons.”
“The Dukes of Hazzard‘ was quite frequently filming on the backlot and their car The General Lee would be running around. And for fun, sometimes they would drive through the front yard of the Waltons,” said Norton with a laugh.
Elton John Gave The Entire Cast Tickets To His Show
Norton also shared that there were several celebrities who made special trips to Warner Brothers Studio just to visit the cast of “The Waltons.” One of those celebrities included music icon Elton John.
“During his Yellow Brick Road tour. He was in town and wanted to come by and meet the cast. And he came into our schoolroom trailer and stayed in there for probably twenty minutes talking with us,” said Norton. “He gave us all tickets to go see his concert…That’s a memory I will never forget.”