Ronnie Claire Edwards, 'The Waltons' actress, dies at 83

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Ronnie Claire Edwards, the actress who played Corabeth Walton Godsey on "The Waltons," died Tuesday. She was 83.

Originally from Oklahoma City but living in Dallas, Texas, Edwards died peacefully in her sleep, according to a post on her Facebook page.

"Our beautiful and extraordinary friend has peacefully made her final curtain call. Thank you all for your wonderful caring and support," the message read.

Edwards is best known for playing Corabeth, the wife of storekeeper Ike Godsey (Joe Conley) on the cult drama centered around a family in a rural Virginia community during the Great Depression and World War II.

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Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards, 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Fannie Flagg and Ronnie Claire Edwards in 'Patio/Porch' on Broadway in 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Fannie Flagg and Ronnie Claire Edwards in 'Patio/Porch' on Broadway in 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Fannie Flagg and Ronnie Claire Edwards in 'Patio/Porch' on Broadway in 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Fannie Flagg and Ronnie Claire Edwards in 'Patio/Porch' on Broadway in 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Fannie Flagg and Ronnie Claire Edwards in 'Patio/Porch' on Broadway in 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Fannie Flagg and Ronnie Claire Edwards in 'Patio/Porch' on Broadway in 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 4: Ronnie Claire Edwards as Corabeth Godsey on THE WALTONS. Image dated August 4, 1978. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards, 1978. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MARCH 23: Actress Mary Beth McDonough and actress Ronnie Claire Edwards attends 'The Waltons' Season Eight Wrap-Up Party on March 23, 1980 at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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"The Waltons" aired for nine seasons (1972-1981) on CBS. A further six TV movies aired in the 1980s and 1990s on NBC and CBS. Series creator Earl Hamner died last March at age 92.

The actress appeared in a number of films including films "Nobody's Fool" (1986), with Roseanna Arquette, and "The Dead Pool" (1988) featuring Clint Eastwood. She was also in several TV movies such as "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1989), Guess Who's Coming for Christmas" (1990), "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Dallas" and "Falcon Crest," also creed by Hamner.

In addition to her acting work, Edwards was the author of the memoirs "The Knife Thrower's Assistant" and "Mr. Godsey Asked Me to Marry Him and I Said: "Yes!": (Exit Sobbing)," which had a foreword written by Hamner.

Edwards left no immediate survivors.

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