The cast of the Waltons recently celebrated their 40th anniversary of the hit series that ran for a decade, making Michael the quintessential TV Mom, as Olivia Walton, beating Shirley Partridge by 6 years, Carol Brady by 4 years and even Caroline Ingles by 1 year. Audiences could and still can relate to families living in the depression era. Though times were tough, much like today, Love and Sharing are abundant in this family. As a result of the show, which she had been told wouldnt survive its first season, Michael Learned has gone on to become a four-time Emmy award-winning actress (three for "The Waltons" and one for "Nurse").  She has received a People's Choice Award and has been a three-time Golden Globe nominee. On stage, she starred in "Steel Magnolias" at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, in the national tour of "On Golden Pond" and in Lewis Black's "One Slight Hitch." Other theatre credits include "Elizabeth the Queen" at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Edward Albee's "All Over" at the Gramercy and McCarter Theatres. She starred in the West Coast premieres of "Woman in Mind" and "Hapgood," both for the American Conservatory Theatre Co, for whom she was the leading lady for three years. Her Broadway appearances include Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" and Wendy Wasserstein's "The Sisters Rosenweig" and recently completed a Broadway production of "The Out Going Tide." Michael recently completed production of "The Outgoing Tide" in New York and a tour with "Driving Miss Dazy. A detailed bio is available below.

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