Donna Douglas, ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Star, Dead at 81 (Report)

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Donna Douglas, ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Star, Dead at 81 (Report)
Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett on the CBS sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” died Friday, NBC affiliate Wafb reports. She was 81.

TMZ reports that Douglas died at her home in Louisiana, surrounded by friends and family.

Born Doris Smith in Louisiana in 1933, Douglas appeared on “The Steve Allen Show” and “The Perry Como Show” before rising to notoriety on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” the comedy about a rural family who moved to Beverly Hills after patriarch Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) struck oil.

Douglas’ agent has not yet responded to TheWrap‘s request for comment.

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DVD Review: "Return Of The Beverly Hillbillies" (1981) Starring Buddy Ebsen, Nancy Kulp, Werner Klemperer, Imogene Coca And Donna Douglas

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By Lee Pfeiffer

I have always been a great admirer of Paul Henning, the crooner-turned-tv producer/writer of some of the best-loved shows of the 1960s. It was Henning who gave a voice to rural audiences by creating such classic TV series as The Beverly Hillbilllies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. If you revisit any of them today, they remain far superior to most contemporary sitcoms. Henning not only created shows that have timeless appeal, but he also brainstormed the concept of interweaving characters and plot devices between the series- a stroke of genius that brought cross-promotion marketing to new levels. Henning also prided himself on making his country characters eccentric, but never idiotic. They were simple people living simple lives and if they seemed to exist in a time warp, they were all honest, admirable folks. It was always the sophisticated city slickers who would get their comeuppance at
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Demi Moore heads back to the big screen post-Ashton Kutcher split: All the right moves?

Demi Moore heads back to the big screen post-Ashton Kutcher split: All the right moves?
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In Hollywood, black and white unite ... for a quick fling | Melissa Thompson

The Kids Are All Right follows an unwritten rule of Us film and TV – don't depict mixed-race relationships that last

It started off so promisingly. A stellar cast; great reviews and a successful run at the summer's film festivals. What was there not to like about The Kids Are All Right?

In the film, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a couple whose teenage children decide to track down their sperm donor. Warm and often funny, it portrayed familiar mundane strains of family life in a context so rarely portrayed in mainstream cinema. And with a plot so ripe for cliches and stereotypes, it was refreshing in its avoidance of them – for the most part.

The film, so forward-thinking in one respect, fell victim to one of the biggest cliches of all. Only, it wasn't the one I expected.

Sure, some have questioned the film's sexual politics, namely that it
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