Mary Elizabeth McDonough, multi-talented in a few short words, is an American actress, director, producer, activist and author, a public speaker and workshop leader. She was born May 4, 1961, in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her role as “Erin Walton” in the world-famous and award winning television series “The Waltons” (1972-1981), created by Earl Hamner. She continued her relationship with Earl and “The Waltons”, by returning to play Erin in the Waltons specials in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
She guest starred in television series including “The Love Boat” (1983), “Hunter” (1989), “ER” (1997), “The Pretender”, “Diagnosis: Murder” ( both 1998), “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Ally McBeal” (both 1999), “The Division” (2001), “Will & Grace”, “The West Wing” (both 2002), “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006) and lots more.
The years that followed after “The Waltons”, Mary got ill with LUPUS, the result of silicone breast implants. She became a spokesperson of “The Lupus Foundation of America” and spoke about the disease on television and in interviews. She was honored by several organizations for her commitment in women’s health issues.
In her strikingly honest book “Lessons from the Mountain”, published 2011, Mary shares her life with us, from her overnight transformation from a normal kid to a Hollywood child star, to her following depression and personal insecurities, her illness and her new role as an activist for women’s body image issues.
If you want to know the whole story of her life, read her wonderful book!