Mary McDonough is best known for her wonderful performances on the Emmy award-winning series The Waltons. On The Waltons she played the memorable middle sister, Erin. Mary has a new best-selling book out Lessons From the Mountain: What I Learned From Erin Walton” where she details what it was like for this talented young girl to be growing up in front of America. Ain’t easy, people!
In her riveting book, Mary talks about it all! Not only about her very first audition that would earn her the role of a lifetime, but battling depression, insomnia, body image issues and drug experimentation as an adolescent! She talks about rebelling against her good-girl screen image. And tragically being diagnosed with Lupus. …And a caution to the young women out there—Mary talks about becoming an expert on health issues she personally faced…after obtaining silicone implants.
Alison Arngrim from Little House on The Prairie and a recent guest on People of Distinction with Al Cole, wrote about Mary’s book, “Somewhere inside that frightened, freckle-faced little girl, who just wanted to please everyone, to just be “good enough,” is the woman who can now shout from the top of the mountain ! Gotta love it!
Mary McDonough is the recipient of the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Award for Outstanding Service, and today is healthier and happier than ever! Mary teaches acting, is a life coach, and conducts workshops and seminars with women and young girls about body image.