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‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: Donna Douglas Reflected On How Fans Respond To Seeing Her in Public

The classic TV sitcom, “The Beverly Hillbillies” aired for nine successful seasons between 1962 and 1971, despite the harsh commentary of industry critics. At the center of “The Beverly Hillbillies” family was Donna Douglas’s character, Elly May Clampett. Douglas had a successful run on the CBS series and afterward found herself in real estate, before seeing success as a singer, speaker, and author. Before her death in 2015, Donna Douglas revealed some of the realities of her role as well as her life outside of “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
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‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: Before Elly May, Donna Douglas Joined the Nelsons on ‘Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet’

While “The Beverly Hillbillies” made Donna Douglas a star, she also appeared on other shows like “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”. It’s probably hard to believe, Outsiders, that the actress so connected with playing animal-loving Elly May could be acting in any other show. But Douglas had to prove her worth as an actress before “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
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‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: Why Donna Douglas Sued ‘Barbie’ Maker Mattel

Actress Donna Douglas loved playing Elly May on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Toymaker Mattel learns, though, not to toy with Douglas. Let’s set the scene. Mattel, best known for making “Barbie” dolls, had received the rights under a licensing deal with CBS Corp. to produce an Elly May doll. This is according to a 2011 article from The Hollywood Reporter. This did not go over well with Douglas. She sued both companies over “engaging in the unauthorized use” of her name and likeness.
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‘Beverly Hillbillies’: Donna Douglas Explained How She Was ‘Getting Ready for Jethro’ Far Before Show Began

One Beverly Hillbillies star explained how she was prepared for her role as Elly May Clampett long before she actually got the part. Donna Douglas is an author, a singer, and an actress. But she is without a doubt best remembered for her role as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. Douglas starred as the character in all 274 episodes while the show aired from 1962 until 1971.
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‘Beverly Hillbillies’: Why Elly May Actor Donna Douglas Turned Down Many Roles After Show Ended

Donna Douglas of “The Beverly Hillbillies” could have had her pick of roles to play once the TV show ended, but she turned a lot down. Why?. “I’ve got no regrets about anything I turned down,” Douglas said in a 2013 interview with Senior Voice Alaska. “I sold real estate for a while, made a couple of record albums, and speak at churches, ladies groups, and schools around the country. My days are full and I’m very happy.”
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‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: Donna Douglas Revealed the Time Someone Called Her Real-Life Dad ‘Jed Clampett’

Donna Douglas could not be missed for her tom-boy character Elly May on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Even her dad got some notice, too. Well, let’s just say Douglas’ real father, Emmitt Smith Sr., was sometimes even called “Jed Clampett” by possibly overzealous fans. To be clear, Buddy Ebsen, who played Jed Clampett on the CBS comedy, was not Douglas’ father.
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Is this Donna Douglas in The Beverly Hillbillies or something else?

Classic TV star Donna Douglas rose to fame as Elly May Clampett, but the animal-loving hillbilly was far from her only role. She was in a movie with Elvis and starred in one of the most iconic episodes of The Twilight Zone. How well do you know Donna Douglas? Try...
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