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Hello fans,

To me one of the funniest TV shows of all time was 'The
Beverly Hillbillies'... I think Granny and Jethro were two
of the funniest characters ever.

Today we're catching up with Donna Douglas who played Elly
May Clampett.

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                      DONNA DOUGLAS

BIRTH DATE: September 26, 1933, Pride, Louisiana

BIRTH NAME: Dorothy Smith 

CLAIM TO FAME: If you're like me, you only know Donna for 
one role... that of Elly May Clampett from 'The Beverly 

FAMILY LIFE: Roland Bourgeois (1949 - 1954) (divorced) 1 child 
Robert M. Leeds (married late 1970s - divorced) 

INFO: She made her film debut in a serious drama, 'Career', 
with Tony Franciosa and Shirley MacLaine in 1959. Two years 
later, she played Tony Randall's secretary in 'Lover Come 

Then she took up Elly May's pigtails for The Beverly 
Hillbillies, playing Buddy Ebsen's tomboy daughter. 

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TRIVIA: Was a self-described "Tomboy" as a girl, and like 
her character "Elly May," she has a large love of animals.

Spent hours autographing photos and personally responding 
to fan mail - even though she received far more than anyone 
else in the cast of "The Beverly Hillbillies".

Critics hated 'The Beverly Hillbillies', but Americans loved 
it. It ran nine seasons, and it was cancelled not for sinking 
ratings, but because CBS feared that the network was gaining 
a reputation as a home for hicks and hayseeds. In one press 
release, CBS cancelled all their rural comedies, The Beverly 
Hillbillies, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and Hee Haw. 
All four were still in the Top 20 when they were axed.

During the series' run, Douglas also made her last film, 
co-starring with Elvis Presley in Frankie and Johnny. 

She was a cheerleader in high school.

Was Miss New Orleans, 1957.

She was featured as the "Letters Girl" on The Perry 
Como Show.

Is proud of her role as "Elly May" in "The Beverly Hill-
billies" and sometimes even makes public appearances 
dressed up as Elly May.

She recorded a gospel album in 1982 and later a country 
and gospel album two-record set in 1989. 

Appeared as a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, 
North Carolina in 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005.

In 1993, Douglas sued the Disney studio, Whoopi Goldberg, 
and others over 'Sister Act', alleging that the hit film 
was a rip-off of the comic novel 'A Nun in the Closet', 
for which Douglas owned the film rights. Disney's well-
paid lawyers won in court, and won again on appeal.

WHERE IS SHE NOW: After The Beverly Hillbillies, Donna 
was relegated to rare guest bits on 'Adam 12' and 'The 
Nanny'. She says she was offered another series in the 
1970s, but thought the program's risque concept would 
damage her wholesome image. In the 1980s, she was one 
of the first celebrities to find limited success in 
Branson, Missouri, where she sang gospel music billed 
as Elly May, and delivered between-songs banter as her 
Hillbillies character.

She received her real estate license in order to have 
something to fall back on. She did not work in that 
field long, however, as she remained in show business 
and found other projects.

She has also written a children's book titled Donna's 
Critters & Kids: Children's Stories with a Bible Touch, 
which has Bible stories featuring animals and is combined 
with a coloring book for ages two to seven.

She has remained busy making appearances, speaking for 
church groups, youth groups, schools and colleges. One 
key focus of her charitable work has been to appear and 
speak in support of various Christian children's homes, 
mostly in her native south. She has also appeared at 
conventions and trade shows. 

In 2005 she filmed two pilot episodes for a children's 
program titled 'Mirror, Mirror'.

Donna Douglas currently lives in the Baton Rouge Metro-
politan Area in Louisiana.

Donna Douglas 
c/o Staff Member
The Bazel Group Inc
4636 Lebanon Pike #308
Hermitage, TN 37076 

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"Mirror, Mirror" (2 Episodes, 2005)
The Nanny (March 31, 1999) ... Herself ... episode: California, Here We Come 
"The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" .... Ellie Mae (1 episode, 1989)
    - Mario Hillbillies (1989) TV episode .... Ellie Mae
The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies (1981) (TV) .... Elly May Clampett
"Project U.F.O." .... Mrs. Ferrell / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
    - Sighting 4026: The Atlantic Queen Incident (1979) TV episode .... Mrs. Ferrell
    - Sighting 4006: The Nevada Desert Incident (1978) TV episode .... Wendy
"McMillan & Wife" .... Rita (1 episode, 1974)
    - The Man Without a Face (1974) TV episode .... Rita
"Adam-12" .... Nina Draper (1 episode, 1973)
    - The Beast (1973) TV episode .... Nina Draper
"Love, American Style" .... / ... (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
    - Love and the Love Kit (1973) TV episode 
    - Love and Grandma/Love and the Other Guy (1970) .... Gloria Gilchrest 
"Night Gallery" .... Mildred McVane (1 episode, 1972)
    - Last Rites for a Dead Druid (1972) TV episode .... Mildred McVane
"The Beverly Hillbillies" .... Elly May Clampett (1962-1971)
Frankie and Johnny (1966) .... Frankie
"The Defenders" .... Mary Andrews (1 episode, 1964)
    - Drink Like a Lady (1964) TV episode .... Mary Andrews
"Sam Benedict" .... Francine (1 episode, 1962)
    - Hannigan (1962) TV episode .... Francine
"The Twilight Zone" .... Debutante / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
    - Cavender Is Coming (1962) TV episode .... Debutante
    - Eye of the Beholder (1960) TV episode .... Janet Tyler
"The Jack Benny Program" (1 episode, 1962)
    - Jack Takes in a Boarder (1962) TV episode 
"Mister Ed" .... Blanche Dickenson / ... (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
    - Clint Eastwood Meets Mister Ed (1962) TV episode .... Clint Eastwood's Girl
    - Ed the Jumper (1961) TV episode .... Blanche Dickenson
    - Busy Wife (1961) TV episode .... Jane Parker
Lover Come Back (1961) .... Deborah, Peter's Secretary
"Pete and Gladys" .... Blonde / ... (2 episodes, 1961)
    - Three Loves of Gladys (1961) TV episode .... Blonde
    - Mannequin Story (1961) TV episode .... Model
"Surfside 6" .... Amy / ... (2 episodes, 1961)
    - Jonathan Wembley Is Missing (1961) TV episode .... Amy
    - An Overdose of Justice (1961) TV episode .... Paula Creston
"Cain's Hundred" (1 episode, 1961)
    - Penitent (1961) TV episode 
"The Aquanauts" .... Nancy Gard (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
    - The Stakeout Adventure (1961) TV episode .... Nancy Gard
    - The Big Swim (1960) TV episode 
"Hennesey" (1 episode, 1961)
    - His Honor, Dr. Blair (1961) TV episode 
"77 Sunset Strip" .... Rhonda Sheridan (1 episode, 1961)
    - The Celluloid Cowboy (1961) TV episode .... Rhonda Sheridan
"Checkmate" .... Barbara (2 episodes, 1961)
    - Dance of Death (1961) TV episode .... Barbara
    - The Deadly Silence (1961) TV episode .... Barbara
"Michael Shayne" .... Dusa (1 episode, 1961)
    - Murder Is a Fine Art (1961) TV episode .... Dusa
"Thriller" .... Laura Bellman, the Girl in the Mirror (1 episode, 1961)
    - The Hungry Glass (1961) TV episode .... Laura Bellman, the Girl in the Mirror
"Route 66" .... Dana (1 episode, 1960)
    - Layout at Glen Canyon (1960) TV episode .... Dana
"The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor" .... Sandra (1 episode, 1960)
    - Alibis (1960) TV episode .... Sandra
"Lock Up" .... Gloria Larkey (1 episode, 1960)
    - The Case of Dan Gray (1960) TV episode .... Gloria Larkey
Bells Are Ringing (1960) (uncredited) .... Party Guest
"Whirlybirds" .... Girl (1 episode, 1960)
    - Four Little Indians (1960) TV episode .... Girl
"The Steve Allen Show" (1956) TV series .... Billboard Girl (1959-1960)
Li'l Abner (1959) (uncredited) .... Bit part
"U.S. Marshal" .... Joyce Markham (1 episode, 1959)
    - Trigger Happy (1959) TV episode .... Joyce Markham
"Bachelor Father" (1 episode, 1959)
    - Kelly's Idol (1959) TV episode 
Career (1959) .... Marjorie Burke

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Born: 02/27/1943 Died: 09/23/1998

Julia Duffy - ALIVE
Born: 06/27/1951

Tom Poston - DEAD
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