To butcher a Star Wars quote: There’s always a bigger star. So celebrities get star-struck just like the rest of us. The Waltons star Judy Norton recently confessed which stars she was most excited to meet.
And speaking of Star Wars, Harrison Ford — Han Solo — left her a blushing mess when they met.
“I remember meeting Harrison Ford and just being tongue-tied and babbling,” she said, laughing. “I either get completely tongue-tied and don’t know what to say or I babble. Neither one of which are really smooth.”
Norton also remembers going to a CBS 50th anniversary party. All of the greats from CBS’s first half-decade were there, including Lucille Ball, Alfred Hitchcock, and Lassie. The Waltons was a CBS show, so the cast also got an invite.
Norton spent most of the evening just gawking at these legends who’d dominated television, film, and saving Timmy from that well. “I was just, like, giddy, like, ‘Oh, there’s so-and-so, and there’s that person, oh, my goodness,'” she said.
But one thing that stuck out was another celebrity being unable to contain their excitement at who was there.
Cecily Tyson just made that night’s bill because of her turn in Roots. She would go on to be a huge star, but at the time she was just starting her rise to fame. Norton said she spent the night star-struck.
“And Cicely Tyson was running around getting everybody’s autograph,” Norton recalled. “And I thought, “But you’re Cicely Tyson, you want my autograph?” I was just so honored and humbled by that.”
Norton Discusses ‘The Waltons’ Universal Fame
In an earlier fan Q&A, a fan asked Norton what it was like to be part of a pop-culture phenomenon such as The Waltons.
“A number of years back, the cast was asked to do a question and answer panel at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. That was quite an honor. To see that The Waltons have become a part of pop culture,” Norton said. “And ‘Goodnight John-Boy‘ is something that people everywhere can relate to. During one of the space missions, there was a newspaper headline or something that said ‘Astronauts Say Goodnight Waltons-Style.’”
So, Judy Norton, what’s it like to be a star amongst the actual stars?
“I don’t even know how to describe it. I feel like no matter what I do with my life, having been part of this show, it’s history. I’m part of television history, that’s quite something,” said Norton. “I don’t even know how to put it into perspective but it’s quite an honor to be a part of something this enduring.”