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R.I.P. Ronnie Claire Edwards of 'The Waltons'

The actress died Tuesday at the age of 83.

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Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known as Corabeth Walton on The Waltons, died Tuesday at the age of 83. 

Born in 1933 in Oklahoma City, Edwards began acting professionally in the 1960s. It wasn't until the 1970s when she began to make guest appearances on television. 

In 1975, Edwards got her big break by joining the cast of The Waltons during the show's third season. The series was already a hit, ranking as the eighth most-watched show in the country in the Nielsen ratings. Edwards' character, the shy yet eccentric cousin of John Walton, eventually became a fan favorite, appearing in over 100 episodes.

After the show wrapped in 1981, Edwards continued to appear on television, starring in a couple short-lived sitcoms like Boone and Sara. The actress also made guest appearances on more popular programs like Murder, She Wrote, Designing Women and Dynasty.

In 2000, Edwards became an author by releasing her memoir, The Knife Thrower's Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target,highlighting the larger-than-life stories from her youth

The news of Edwards' death was confirmed by her Facebook page, which said she died peacefully in her sleep. Her passing comes almost three months after the death of The Waltons' creator, Earl Hamner, Jr

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