Ellen Corby – Audition Acetate

ELLEN CORBY - Audition - B2

I met with Aime and Stephen McCrory of Estate Sales by Connor at the former home of actress Ellen Corby. Corby is best remembered for playing the role of Grandma Esther on the 1970s Television series The Waltons, but her career began earlier in the 1930s and 40s and she was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her performance as Aunt Trina in the 1948 film I Remember Mama. While searching her house for memorabilia I was excited to find a group of acetate recordings of an acting audition Corby had made back in 1944. These one-of-a-kind records, commonly known as acetates, are actually made of lacquer formed over a metal base. Because of the scarcity of metal during World War II Ellen Corby’s acetates have glass cores, making them especially fragile. Here’s a picture of the label from one of the discs and a digital sample of one of the audition tracks.   Ellen Corby – Audition


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