Donna Douglas, who played hillbilly bombshell Elly May Clampett on the baby-boomer-beloved s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies , has died. She was Douglas' death leaves only one member of the show's original cast still alive: Max Baer Jr. He is
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Donna Douglas - Wikipedia
She had an acting career in television and motion pictures that was highlighted by her role as 'Elly May Clampett' in the popular s CBS television situation comedy series "The Beverly Hillbillies". Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York City, New York to pursue a career in acting and started out as a model for toothpaste advertisements. These and other television appearances led New York photographers and newspaper reporters to award her the "Miss By-line" crown, which she wore on CBS's "The Ed Sullivan Show" which led to her being cast in the movie drama "Career" , which was followed by a bit part in the musical comedy "Li'l Abner" and a role in the romantic comedy, "Lover Come Back" In the late s and early s, she made numerous television appearances including a memorable episode of "The Twilight Zone", entitled "The Eye of the Beholder". Other credits include "Checkmate", "U. In , she made her only starring motion picture appearance, cast as Frankie in "Frankie and Johnny", opposite Elvis Presley.
Donna Douglas, actress - obituary
Following her acting career, Douglas became a real estate agent, gospel singer , inspirational speaker, and author of books for children and adults. Douglas attended St. Gerard Catholic High School ,  where she played softball and basketball  and was a member of the school's first graduating class.
Donna Douglas, the actress, who has died aged 82, was best known for playing Elly May Clampett, the buxom backwoods tomboy in spray-on jeans, in the s American sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Yet she never minded being typecast, partly because her own life had been very similar to that of her television character. She was born Doris Smith on September 26 at East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where her family had lived for more than three generations.