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.

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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.

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