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Jeb Rosebrook, Screenwriter on the Steve McQueen Rodeo Classic 'Junior Bonner,' Dies at 83

Jeb Rosebrook, who wrote the screenplay for the Steve McQueen-Sam Peckinpah rodeo classic Junior Bonner, died Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona, his family announced. He was 83.

Rosebrook also worked with his mentor, The Waltons creator Earl Hamner Jr., on four episodes on the iconic CBS series, including the two-hour 1974 installment "The Conflict," and was a co-writer on the 1979 Disney sci-fi adventure The Black Hole.

He received an Emmy nomination for his work on 1975's I Will Fight No More Forever, a re-enactment of the story of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians that starred Ned ...
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The Waltons: Ronnie Claire Edwards Dies at 83; Goodnight Corabeth Walton Godsey

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Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known for playing Corabeth Walton Godsey, Ike Godsey's (Joe Conley) wife on The Waltons TV series and sequel movies on CBS, has died at the age of 83. The Texas resident's death was announced in a pair of posts on her Facebook page, on June 14, 2016. Edwards' longtime co-star, Conley, passed away on July 7, 2013. The two are pictured above, attending The Waltons TV show's 40th Anniversary Reunion at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, in Los Angeles, CA on September 29, 2012.

Edwards' other TV series work includes the short-lived Boone TV series (1984-85 NBC), also from Waltons creator Earl Hamner, Jr. who died in March of this year. She was next in the cast of the Sara TV series (1985), starring Geena Davis in the title role, which was cancelled after 13 episodes.
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Ronnie Claire Edwards, ‘The Waltons’ Actress, Dies at 83

Ronnie Claire Edwards, ‘The Waltons’ Actress, Dies at 83
Ronnie Claire Edwards, the actress who played Corabeth Walton Godsey on “The Waltons,” died Tuesday. She was 83. Edwards died peacefully in her sleep, according to a post on her Facebook page. She lived in Dallas, Texas, and was originally from Oklahoma City. “Our beautiful and extraordinary friend has peacefully made her final curtain call. Thank you all for your wonderful caring and support,” the message read. Also Read: Earl Hamner, Creator of 'The Waltons,' Dies at 92 Edwards is best known for playing Corabeth, the wife of storekeeper Ike Godsey (Joe Conley) on the drama centered around a family
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Ronnie Claire Edwards, The Waltons' Corabeth, Dead at 83

Ronnie Claire Edwards, The Waltons' Corabeth, Dead at 83
Ronnie Claire Edwards, who played The Waltons‘ Corabeth for seven seasons, has died. She was 83.

Edwards “passed peacefully in her sleep” early Wednesday, according to a post on her official Facebook page. “Our beautiful and extraordinary friend has made her final curtain call. Thank you for all your wonderful and caring support.”

Edwards portrayed Ike Godsey’s wife. She joined the show in 1975 and continued through to the series’ 1981 finale and several Waltons TV movies. Her other television gigs included Dallas, Falcon Crest, Dynasty and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Mike Gold: The Dimension of Mind

The so-called Golden Age of Television, with its two and one-half channels of network programming, produced an astonishing number of great writers, directors and talent. To name but a very, very few: Barbara Bel Geddes, Paddy Chayefsky, George Roy Hill, Ron Howard, Ernest Kinoy, Jack Lemmon, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Boris Sagal, Rod Serling, Rod Steiger, Gore Vidal, Joanne Woodward… my fingers won’t hold out long enough to type even a “best-of” list.

You’ll never guess which of the above pioneers is my favorite.

When Scottish engineer John Logie Baird first demonstrated television in January 1926 (six years before Philo Farnsworth demonstrated the first electronic television), Rod Serling was just a few days over one year old. Baby boomers think we grew up with television; Mr. Serling actually has that honor. And he did a lot more with the medium than we would.

His worldview was clearly
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Earl Hamner Jr obituary

Creator of the Us television show The Waltons, which was based on his childhood in Depression-era Virginia

Earl Hamner Jr, who has died aged 92, created The Waltons, the hugely popular television series that ran for nine seasons from 1972. Set in Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains during the Depression, and based on Hamner’s own childhood, The Waltons struck a sentimental chord with American audiences after the turbulent 1960s and was also a success with TV viewers worldwide. This nostalgia was emphasised by Hamner’s voice, whose comfortable tones introduced each episode, making the connection to the Walton family’s oldest son, the would-be writer John-Boy.

The show indeed mirrored Hamner’s life. He was born in Schuyler, Virginia, where his father, Earl Sr, was a soapstone miner, having abandoned tobacco farming in the James river valley. His mother, Doris (nee Giannini), was descended from an Italian immigrant who planted the
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The Waltons, Falcon Crest: Creator Earl Hamner Jr. Dies at 92

[caption id="attachment_46200" align="aligncenter" width="590"] via AllAboutTheWaltons.com. From Left: Cliff (Jason), Nancy (Elizabeth), Audrey (Erin) James (Jim Bob), Doris "Mother" Hamner (Olivia), Earl Hamner Jr. (John-Boy), Marian (Mary Ellen), Paul (Ben). Missing: Bill./caption]

Goodnight, John-Boy. Earl Hamner Jr. creator of The Waltons TV series and real-life counterpart to the John-Boy Walton (Richard Thomas) character has died at the age of 92. Premiering September 14, 1972, the series ran nine seasons before being cancelled by CBS. The TV series finale episode, "The Revel" aired June 1, 1991. It was followed up by several Waltons TV movies.

The Waltons was based on the Hamners' life in Schuyler, Virginia, and the main characters were inspired by the creator's family members. The cast of The Waltons includes: Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, David W. Harper, Kami Cotler, Joe
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The Waltons and Falcon Crest Creator Earl Hamner Jr. Dead at 92

The Waltons and Falcon Crest Creator Earl Hamner Jr. Dead at 92
Two-time Emmy nominee Earl Hamner Jr., best known for creating The Waltons and Falcon Crest, died Thursday at age 92, after a long battle with cancer.

His son announced the news via the producer’s Facebook page, noting his father passed while listening to one of his favorite songs, John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High.”

Hamner scored both of his Emmy nominations — one for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama Adaptation, the other for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama — for The Waltons., a Depression-era drama set in the Virginia mountains that was inspired by the producer’s own childhood and based on his novel Spencer’s Mountain.
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Earl Hamner, Creator of ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 92

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Earl Hamner, Creator of ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 92
The Waltons” and “Falcon Crest” creator Earl Hamner died Thursday. He was at 92. Hamner’s daughter confirmed the news on Facebook on that afternoon, writing: “Dad died peacefully in his sleep at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He was surrounded by family, and we were playing his favorite music, John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Collection. Dad took his last breath half way through Ricky Mountain High.” Hamner, who was best known for his work as creator, writer and narrator of the long-running CBS sitcom “The Waltons,” also created a number of other series, including “Apple’s Way,” Morningstar/Eveningstar” and “Falcon Crest,
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Earl Hamner Dies: ‘The Waltons’ & ‘Falcon Crest’ Creator Was 92

Earl Hamner, creator of the long-running CBS dramas The Waltons and Falcon Crest, died today of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 92. His daughter announced his death in a Facebook post. Hamner was best known for his work in the 1970s and ’80s as the creator of The Waltons, which ran from 1971-81 on CBS. His inspiration for the TV series came from his novel Spencer’s Mountain, based on his childhood. After The Waltons — which Hamner also…
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Top 5: Iconic TV shows of the 1970s

Legendary TV producer and writer Glen A. Larson sadly passed away recently aged 77 – Larson was most famous for creating Battlestar Galactica one of the most spectacular and ambitious television programmes ever produced in the 1970s. And with Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Original Series being released on Blu-ray for the first time last month we’re remembering some of the most iconic TV shows of the 1970s.

Happy Days

Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealised view of Us life in the 1960s and was one of the highest-rated Us TV shows in the 1970s. ‘The Fonz’: Early episodes of the Happy Days revolve around Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his friends but high school dropout and ladies man Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) proved a favourite with viewers so more story lines were written to reflect this popularity. Fun Facts! Robin Williams appeared in the
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Ralph Waite obituary

Actor best known for playing John Walton Sr in the Us television family drama The Waltons

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presbyterian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome Us television drama The Waltons (1972-81).

For nine series and more than 200 episodes from 1972 to 1981, as John Walton Sr – "Pa" – he was the quiet tower of strength bringing up a family of seven during the depression and second world war with his wife, Olivia (Michael Learned).

The barefoot Virginia hillfolk operated a sawmill on Walton's Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Their trials and tribulations, based on Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, were seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy (played by Richard Thomas for most of the run, then Robert Wightman), a
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Ralph Waite obituary

Actor best known for playing John Walton Sr in the Us television family drama The Waltons

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presbyterian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome Us television drama The Waltons (1972-81).

For nine series and more than 200 episodes from 1972 to 1981, as John Walton Sr – "Pa" – he was the quiet tower of strength bringing up a family of seven during the depression and second world war with his wife, Olivia (Michael Learned).

The barefoot Virginia hillfolk operated a sawmill on Walton's Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Their trials and tribulations, based on Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, were seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy (played by Richard Thomas for most of the run, then Robert Wightman), a
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'The Waltons' dad Ralph Waite dies at age 85

'The Waltons' dad Ralph Waite dies at age 85
Ralph Waite, who played John Walton Sr. on The Waltons for nine seasons, died Thursday at age 85. While he’s best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the patriarch on the long-running 1970s CBS drama, Waite has had recent recurring roles on NCIS, Bones, and Days of Our Lives.

EW spoke with Waite last year for our annual Reunions Issue, bringing the Walton family back together more than three decades after their show went off the air. “What has moved me the most is the mail I’m still getting,” Waite told EW at the time. “They tell me that I was their surrogate father,
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'The Waltons' Family Reunion Is A Go

'The Waltons' Family Reunion Is A Go
"The Waltons" family reunion is happening. According to TV Guide Magazine, the surviving cast of "The Waltons" will reunite on Sat. Sept. 29 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

Michael Learned, better known as Olivia Walton to viewers, told TV Guide Magazine she thinks the series was "a blessing."

"I know that sounds corny, but I believe some things are gifts from God," she said. "I think [creator] Earl Hamner's heart permeated into the show. We all loved each other and still do. We were very lucky. I can't think of anybody who isn't grateful for being part of it. We really were a loving family and I think that came through the screen."

"The Waltons" aired from 1971-1981 on CBS and was set during the Great Depression. After the series ended, the cast reunited for several TV movies, the last one -- "A Walton Easter" -- aired in
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'The Waltons' Family Reunion Is A Go

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'The Waltons' Family Reunion Is A Go
"The Waltons" family reunion is happening. According to TV Guide Magazine, the surviving cast of "The Waltons" will reunite on Sat. Sept. 29 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

Michael Learned, better known as Olivia Walton to viewers, told TV Guide Magazine she thinks the series was "a blessing."

"I know that sounds corny, but I believe some things are gifts from God," she said. "I think [creator] Earl Hamner's heart permeated into the show. We all loved each other and still do. We were very lucky. I can't think of anybody who isn't grateful for being part of it. We really were a loving family and I think that came through the screen."

"The Waltons" aired from 1971-1981 on CBS and was set during the Great Depression. After the series ended, the cast reunited for several TV movies, the last one -- "A Walton Easter" -- aired in
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Book Review: The Devil’s Coattails Edited by Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan

The Devil’s Coattails – More Dispatches from the Dark Frontier – Edited by Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan

(JaSunni Productions)

Trade Hardcover Edition, signed by both editors! Trade Hardcover with dust jacket; cover art by Vincent Chong. Foreword by S. T. Joshi.

A unique anthology: contains original, never before published works by Ramsey Campbell, John Shirley, Jason V Brock, Marc Scott Zicree, Norman Corwin, Gary Braunbeck, Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, Earl Hamner, Jenny Brundage, Nancy Kilpatrick, Jerry E. Airth, Sunni K Brock, Richard Christian Matheson, Paul J. Salamoff, Paul G. Bens, Jr., William F. Nolan, Dan O’Bannon, Richard Selzer, James Robert Smith, and Wilum Pugmire/Maryanne K. Snyder. Opaque vellum pages, printed with 100% vegetable inks using windpower; printed and bound in the USA. Trade has a nice hardcover binding in cloth boards.

Foreword by S.T. Joshi

Introduction by Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan

The
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DVD and Blu-ray Deal: The Twilight Zone

Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray or DVD for 69% off the regular price. That makes the DVD $91.99 and the Blu-ray $152.99. Included are all five seasons (156 episodes) over 28 Discs. Extras are the Rod Serling bio-documentary, interviews with the show’s writers, the series’ unaired pilot, audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson and much more. Like all Amazon Gold Box Deals, it’s only for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 dollars you get free shipping. Hit the jump for more info. Special Features Excerpts from Rod Serlings’s Audio Lectures at Sherwood Oaks Experimental CollegeAudio Commentaries by Martin Landau, Don Rickles, Cliff Robertson, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bill Mumy, Leonard Nimoy, Mickey Rooney, Mariette Hartley and more Video Interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Jr. and more Vintage Audio Recollections with Buck Houghton,
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Interviews: It’s 1970s Again With Walton Sisters, Pamela Sue Martin

Chicago – This year marked the 40th anniversary of the premiere of “The Waltons,” one of the most beloved TV series of the 1970s. Two actresses who portrayed Mary Ellen and Erin Walton, Mary McDonough and Judy Norton, appeared at the “Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show,” along with Pamela Sue Martin of TV’s “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries’ (1977).

HollywoodChicago.com was at the event to interview all three ‘70s icons, with photographer Joe Arce producing his usual stellar portraiture.

Judy Norton, Mary Ellen Walton on “The Waltons

Judy Norton was memorable as Mary Ellen Walton, adding a little passion to the often saccharine image of the TV family. She also gained a bit of notoriety after the series ended by posing for Playboy in the mid-1980s. She is still working in the business, as an actress, singer, writer and director. She recently appeared on the “Today” show, reuniting with
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Exploring The Twilight Zone #109: Jess-Belle

With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #109): “Jess-Belle” (airdate 2/14/63) The Plot: Love is magical, even if it involves a little bestiality. The Goods: Audiences on Valentine’s Day back in 1963 must have been flipping around the channels, eager to see something romantic and sweet. Something that would remind them of their own loved ones. Something where candles were lit in anticipation. Couples flipping over to CBS got a story where a woman forces a man to love her, turns into a witch, and becomes a big cat. It’s love Rod Serling style. Jess-Belle (the legendary Anne Francis in her second Twilight Zone appearance) is pretty damned convinced that her ex-boyfriend Billy-Ben (James Best, in his third) shouldn’t be marrying his
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