Mary McDonough of Emmy award-winning “The Waltons” appears on Cole & Noble


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.

About Al Cole

Al Cole, “Mr. Romance,” has lived some life, and has paid some dues. Al, an African-American man(don’t let the blue eyes fool ya!), is the product of a very loving, very special, romantic mother and father. From the earliest age Al related to that generous, loving, romantic spirit that was nurtured in him.

Al has also seen oppression. Oppression can sometimes breed sensitivity and empathy. This aspect of living has caused Al to relate to women even more sensitively and empathetically. A sensitivity and empathy that Al calls “Romance.” Creativity rounds out the character. Al is a born and professional entertainer. Through Al’s singing and songwriting, his CBS Radio broadcasting, and through the depth of his voice, Al has learned many ways to deliver his “Romance” message—seriously, comically, sensually and spiritually. He has carried the Romantic word out to women…and to men too. And in the carrying of that message, Al has found that women and men from all backgrounds have often asked for his advice and guidance concerning their familial and romantic relationships.

Al has been particularly blessed to have women confide some of their deepest personal and relationship secrets to him. These “secrets” coupled with his own experiences and intuitions have combined in his offering both women and men some of the most powerful, enlightening, and mind-challenging guidance that they say they have ever received.

Al has been told over and over again by his fans, fans who affectionately call themselves “Al Cole-holics”, that his reflections, as well as his romantic words, could fill a book. The reflections, the romance, and the “secrets” have now been revealed in Al’s new book Romance for Women…& For All Mankind!

Al is also the Host of Al Cole: People of Distinction on WomensRadio. Al Cole: PEOPLE Of DISTINCTION is a unique show giving distinctive public figures the chance to talk not only about their great public accomplishments, but also notable aspects of themselves as individuals…what motivates them to create the things they do, their special goals and interests, their insights into life itself!