• Judy Norton Taylor is an American actress, theatre director, singer and model.
• She is best known for her role as Mary Ellen Walton in the television series “The Waltons”.
• Judy is a minister of the church of Scientology, and an active ambassador.
• She has a net worth estimated at over $4 million.
• Judy is actively involved in sports such as tennis, horse riding, skiing and skydiving; and is a philanthropist.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1958
SpouseRandy Apostle, Robert Graves, Randy Apostle
FactPosed nude in the August 1985 issue of Playboy Magazine, in the hopes of shaking her image from the years spent on The Waltons (1971).

At the age of 62, Judy Norton Taylor has made many transitions in her life and career. She began as an actress, most recognized for her role as Mary Ellen Walton in the television series “The Waltons”, then moved on to becoming a theatre director, and even found some success as a singer, all proving that she is a talented American starlet. She has even been a  controversial model, appearing as the centrefold in a Playboy shoot posing naked, so losing her reputation as the innocent child actress that people once knew.

Here follows everything you could possibly want to know about Judy.

Early life and family

Judy was born on 29 January 1958, in Santa Monica, California USA, to parents Harry and Constance Norton. Judy has never spoken much about her upbringing or her early life; it’s not known if she has any siblings, so how many children her parents had.

The only thing noteworthy is that at a very young age, Judy became involved with the church of Scientology. She is a minister of the church, and an active ambassador who appears on fliers and other publications of the church.

She began her career as an actress at the age of nine, when she appeared in the film “Hotel”.

She married young, although by then she was a recognised actress with a bright future.

Educational background

No records have been disclosed by herself or any other sources about her educational background. It is not known where she went to school, or if she had finished and completed a college course of any kind. Judy has remained conservative about her past and doesn’t speak publicly about her education.

Judy Norton Taylor


She is best known for being the oldest Walton daughter and sibling Mary Ellen in the television series that aired from 1967 to 1981. Besides this role, Judy has also starred in several other productions, including films and television programs.

Among the most noteworthy are the television series “The Love Boat” in 1982 and “Stargate-SG1” in 1998. Her film credits include “Hotel” in 1967, “A Twist of Faith” in 1999, and among her most recent roles, she starred in “Hansel and Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft” in 2013.

In 2017 she appeared in the film “Finding Harmony”, and in 2018 featured in the film ‘Inclusion Criteria’.

Apart from her on-screen acting career, Judy has also had a successful venture into theatre, but was mostly involved behind the scenes.

With her husband at the time Randy Apostle, she owned and operated theatres in Canadian cities, including Edmonton and Calgary, dinner theatres called ‘Celebrations and Jubilations’. Among some of the theatre productions that Judy is accredited with included her 2006 play in which she both acted and directed, “Galveston Island”, a musical series.

Today she mostly stars in stage plays and musicals, bringing both her acting and singing to the stage.

In August of 2016, Judy released her debut album “Reflections”.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Not much is known about her personal preferences, except that Judy is a very active person, who is still keen on sports. She is a capable tennis player, and also participates in horse riding, skiing and skydiving. She even participated in two world record skydiving events.

She is also a philanthropist, who often sings at fundraisers.


Judy has been married four times, first at the age of 18 to Douglas Taylor on 3 April 1976, but ending in divorce only two years later in 1978. She then became involved with the former football player Lynn Hughes and they married in 1980, but this marriage also ended in divorce.

Her third marriage was to Randy Apostle, with whom she had managed her chain of dinner theatres in Canada. The two were married for ten years from 8 April 1991 to 2001 and had a son, Devin, together, before the union ended in divorce.

As of 11 August 2002 until the present, she’s been married to Robert Graves. However, her personal life has remained a closely kept secret, and nothing can be found on the nature of their continued relationship. It is on record that Judy has had one more child whose identity is not disclosed anywhere.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 29 January 1958
  • Hair colour: Light Brown
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Height:  5 ft 5ins (1.65m)
  • Weight: 145lbs (65kgs)
  • Vital Statistics: Unknown
  • Shoe Size: Unknown
  • Bra Size: Unknown
  • Star Sign: Aquarius
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Net worth

With a long-running career as an actress, theatre director and most recently a singer, Judy has accumulated a net worth estimated at over $4 million.

General Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 29, 1958
Height1.65 m, 1.65 m
ProfessionActor, Theatre Director
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseRandy Apostle, Robert Graves, Randy Apostle
ParentsHarry Norton, Constance norton, Constance norton, Harry Norton


MoviesFinding Harmony, Hansel and Gretel, The Inspectors, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, Hansel and Gretel, A Walton Easter, A Walton Wedding, A Wedding on Walton's Mountain, The Inspectors, The Sparrows: Nesting, Finding Harmony, Off Season, The Homecoming: A Christmas Stor...
TV ShowsThe Waltons

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1Has one son, Devin.
2Directing her play and acting in the 2006 Galveston Island Musical series. [August 2006]
3In 1986 Judy participated in two world-records in skydiving.
4Posed nude in the August 1985 issue of Playboy Magazine, in the hopes of shaking her image from the years spent on The Waltons (1971).
5Judy and her ex-husband, Randy Apostle, ran a chain of dinner theatres called "Celebrations and Jubilations" in such Canadian cities as Edmonton, Alberta and Calgary, Alberta.




XYZ Project2017filmingTara Malone
Another Day in Paradise2016post-productionLiz
Pretend Love2016announcedJoan Kelly
Mangled Angelspre-productionFBI Agent Andrea Walker
Broken: A Musical2015/IKaren David
The Sparrows: Nesting2015Susan
Finding Harmony2014Kat Stratton
Bluff2013-2014TV SeriesSophia Wyndom
Disorganized Zone2014TV SeriesThe Organizer
Destroy the Alpha Gammas2013TV SeriesMrs. Andrews
Blood Is Thicker2013Doris Aster
Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft2013Allyson
Poker Girls2011TV SeriesSophia
Off Season2001TV MovieMrs. Murchison
Beggars and Choosers1999-2000TV SeriesGloria / Sandra's Lawyer
Christy: The Movie2000TV MovieRebecca Holt
Ed2000TV SeriesJudge
Hollywood Off-Ramp2000TV Series
Higher Ground2000TV SeriesDr. Gray
Cold Squad1999TV SeriesJoey's Mother / Mrs. Harris - Joey's Mother
A Twist of Faith1999Doctor Rachmaran
You, Me and the Kids1999TV Series
The Inspectors1998TV MovieJane Carrigan (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Stargate SG-11998TV SeriesTalia
Millennium1997TV SeriesCoroner / Carol Scammel
A Walton Easter1997TV MovieMary Ellen Walton
The Lost Daughter1997TV MovieAnne-Marie McCracken (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
A Walton Wedding1995TV MovieMary Ellen Walton
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion1993TV MovieMary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain1982TV MovieMary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton Taylor)
Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain1982TV MovieMary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
A Wedding on Walton's Mountain1982TV MovieMary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
The Love Boat1982TV SeriesLydia Foster
The Waltons1971-1981TV SeriesMary Ellen Walton
The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons1980TV MovieMary Ellen Walton / Herself (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Valentine1979TV MovieElizabeth (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story1971TV MovieMary Ellen
The Felony Squad1968TV SeriesKaren Collins
Hotel1967Daughter (uncredited)


XYZ Project2017written by filming
Another Day in Paradise2016post-production
Pretend Love2016screenplay announced
Leaving Destinyannounced
Finding Harmony2014writer
Disorganized ZoneTV Series 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Bluff2013TV Series 3 episodes


Pretend Love2016attached announced
Of a Certain AgeShort filming
Rumple's Storyannounced
Disorganized Zone2014TV Series 4 episodes
Bluff2013TV Series 3 episodes


XYZ Project2017producer filming
Disorganized Zone2010TV Series co-producer


The Waltons1973TV Series performer - 1 episode


Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
Earl Hamner Storyteller2015DocumentaryHerself
The Red Booth2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2011TV SeriesHerself
A Walton's Family Reunion2010TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress
The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
TV total2004TV SeriesHerself
After They Were Famous2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Walton Legacy1997TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress
Circus of the Stars #91984TV Special documentaryHerself (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Super Password1984TV SeriesHerself
Circus of the Stars #81983TV Special documentaryHerself (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Password Plus1979-1982TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars X1981TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Chain Reaction1980TV SeriesHerself
The $10,000 Pyramid1978-1980TV SeriesHerself
Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary1980TV SpecialHerself (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Battle of the Network Stars VII1979TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1976TV SeriesHerself - Captain
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

1 Comment

  1. The photo you have of the lovely woman in the green dress is Mary McDonough, who played her sister Erin on the Waltons, and not Judy Norton,

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