It is based on a family which lives in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II. The series pilot aired as a television movie entitled The Homecoming: A Christmas Story and was broadcast on December 19, 1971.
In the year 1972 the series was aired on CBS for nine seasons. The Waltons was produced by Lorimar Productions. Now the entire whole cast will get together for the show’s fortieth anniversary in Los Angeles.
Michael Learned, who starred as The Waltons matriarch Olivia, father Ralph Waite, Richard Thomas, the eldest son John-Boy, and the six other children, which ran from 1971 to 1981, will come together at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre for a discussion panel, entitled The Waltons 40th Anniversary: Celebrating Family & Education.signed up to appear at the fundraiser evening.
Learned tells TVGuide.com,
“This reunion, I think, will be the first time that every single one of us will be there… 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.”
Proceeds raised from ticket sales will benefit California’s Environmental Charter Middle School, where Kami Cotler, who played the youngest child, Elizabeth, is now principal.
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