‘The Waltons’ Star Judy Norton Talks Where Photos on the Show Come From

by Anna Dunn
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The Waltons star Judy Norton recently discussed the photos used on set. The Mary Ellen Walton actress has a YouTube series where she discusses all things Waltons.

In a recent fan Q&A video, one fan asked “On the series, there are old photos displayed on the fireplace mantle, on the walls in different rooms, and displayed on the desk in the house. When the series required old photos, where do these photos come from? Are these real family photos from Earl Hammer or studio prop photos?”

“I was never sure where the photos came from. I never thought too much about it because they weren’t of us,” she admitted. “So I never really studied them particularly. They may have just been prop photos or some of them may have been from Earl’s family.”

On top of this, the person also asked if Norton was ever asked to bring in old photos of herself for a scene.

“I don’t remember there being a time on The Waltons where they needed a picture of me,” she said. But on other projects people have asked for pictures and even manipulated them to fit the characters more.

Photos used on sets like those on The Waltons are always interesting. They’re either prop images of people that slightly resemble the character or actual old images of the actor that may or may not be manipulated. Which type of photo prop you choose all depends on different artistic decisions.

As the Holidays Arrive, Norton Reflected On Filming ‘The Waltons’ During the Holidays

In the Q&A video, Norton also talked about what it was like filming around the holidays. Their holiday episodes were actually shot way earlier in the year in sometimes the hot summer months. During the Holiday season, they filmed episodes set to air in the next year.

But just because their work required frequency, that doesn’t mean they didn’t get breaks on the holidays. In fact, their schedule was pretty similar to an office job when it comes to holidays.

“At Thanksgiving, I think we typically had a four-day weekend,” Norton said “We had Thanksgiving off, Thursday, Friday, and then the weekend, we never filmed on weekends. So, much like most people and many other jobs.”

Their Christmas break wasn’t particularly long, but they still had at least a good week off to spend with family.

“At Christmas, I think sometimes we had a week […] I don’t remember if we ever had more than a week, it may have depended a bit on when Christmas was, what day of the week it was. But, we didn’t have a long Christmas break,” she said.

Then after the Holidays, it was back to their regular jammed pack schedule of one of TV’s classics. Thankfully, we now have Norton to give us new info on the hit classic.

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