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Donna Douglas Dies at 81: Watch The Beverly Hillbillies' Elly May Reflect on Her ''Unbelievable'' Life in Flashback Videos

2 January 2015 5:46 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

For Donna Douglas, it sounds as though art really did reflect life in a way. The actress died Thursday at the age of 81 at her home in Louisiana and, while she was easily most famous for playing Elly May Clampett, the beautiful fish-out-of-water niece of an accidental oilman on The Beverly Hillbillies, Douglas enjoyed a fruitful career and in later years reflected on having had the type of life that she never would have dared to dream of having.  Still vivacious and famously platinum-blond, Douglas sat down with E! News back in 2000 and talked about her own small-town roots, none of which made her think she'd one day be a Hollywood star. "I've had unbelievable things happen in my »

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Donna Douglas, Elly May Of "The Beverly Hillbillies", Dead At 82

2 January 2015 4:03 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Donna Douglas, the former beauty queen who became an icon of 1960s TV, has passed away at age 82. Douglas started as a model in the 1950s and landed small roles in feature films before being cast as Elly May Clampett, the sexy but naive daughter of backwoods millionaire Jed Clampett on the smash hit TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies". The show was met with open disdain by CBS brass, who felt it was beneath the dignity of the network. However, viewers warmed to the Clampett clan immediately and the show became a smash hit that ran for nine seasons. It was still near the top of the ratings when it was canceled in a purge by network executives of its rural-themed hit shows in the early 1970s. Douglas' character was always relentlessly jovial and upbeat on the show and Elly May's penchant for bringing exotic animals onto the Clampett estate generated many laughs. »

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Donna Douglas, of Beverly Hillbillies fame, dies at age 82

2 January 2015 1:47 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actress who played Elly May Clampett in 1960s sitcom about Tennessee family moving to California dies of cancer in Louisiana

Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, has died. She was 82.

Douglas died on Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she lived, said her niece, Charlene Smith. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, Smith said.

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Rip Donna Douglas: Check Out Elly May's Greatest Hits

2 January 2015 12:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Donna Douglas, the actress most known for playing the giddy, goofy Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died at age 81 according to several reports. It cannot be overstated what a phenomenon "The Beverly Hillbillies" was. Not only was the comedy the #1 series in America for its first two seasons, but the episode "The Giant Jackrabbit" remains one of the single most watched half-hours in sitcom history. Douglas was essential to the show's rollicking mix, and she remained friends with "Hillbillies" star Buddy Ebsen until his death. Let's take a look back at some of Douglas' finer contributions to popular culture. First of all: Let us enjoy Elly May's bathing suit issues. They are comical and cute. In this veeeery short clip, you get Elly May's full awesomeness in just a single quip. Never forget that Douglas released a couple of singles during her heyday. Here's the tuneful, catchy "He's So Near. »

- Louis Virtel

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Donna Douglas, Beverly Hillbillies Star, Dies at 81

2 January 2015 12:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Donna Douglas, the actress who played tomboyish Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, died Thursday in her native Louisiana, according to reports. She was 81. Family members confirmed the death to Wfab-9, telling the news station she died at her home in Zachary, Louisiana, with family members by her side. Douglas earned nationwide fame as Elly May, and told the Associated Press in 2009 that she beat out 500 other actresses for the role in part because the character's story mirrored her humble beginnings as a poor farm girl with Southern roots. Her audition included her expertly milking a goat, per request. »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Donna Douglas, Beverly Hillbillies Star, Dies at 81

2 January 2015 12:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Donna Douglas, the actress who played tomboyish Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, died Thursday in her native Louisiana, according to reports. She was 81. Family members confirmed the death to Wfab-9, telling the news station she died at her home in Zachary, Louisiana, with family members by her side. Douglas earned nationwide fame as Elly May, and told the Associated Press in 2009 that she beat out 500 other actresses for the role in part because the character's story mirrored her humble beginnings as a poor farm girl with Southern roots. Her audition included her expertly milking a goat, per request. »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Donna Douglas, The Beverly Hillbillies' Elly May Clampett, Dead at 81

2 January 2015 12:12 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Donna Douglas, best known for playing Elly May Clampett in the classic sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, died on New Year’s Day at the age of  81.

Douglas passed away in her Louisiana home, surrounded by friends and family, her granddaughter tells TMZ.

In addition to her turn as the Hillbillies‘ resident tomboy, Douglas’ extensive television resumé includes roles in McMillan & Wife, Twilight Zone and Mister Ed.

She also opposite Elvis Presley in the movie Frankie and Johnny.

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Donna Douglas, Elly May Clampett on ‘Beverly Hillbillies,’ Dies at 81

2 January 2015 11:28 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Donna Douglas, who played the ditsy Elly May Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” died Friday at her home in Zachary, La., according to a report by CBS affiliate Wafb-tv in Baton Rouge, La. She was 81.

Douglas starred as the naive only daughter of the oil-rich Clampett clan in the CBS sitcom that ran from 1962 to 1971. Buddy Ebsen played patriarch Jed Clampett, who moves his family from the Ozarks to Beverly Hills after stumbling into oil riches.

Douglas’ Elly May was known for her love of all kinds of “critters,” as well as for her shapely figure, form-fitting jeans and cascade of blond curls. The actress was a series regular throughout the run of the top-rated show, which was the first in a triptych of corny countrified sitcoms from creator Paul Henning that included “Petticoat Junction” and “Green Acres.”

Elly May’s love of “critters” was inspired by Douglas’ real-life affection for animals, »

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

2 January 2015 11:03 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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Donna Douglas Dead -- Elly May Clampett From 'Beverly Hillbillies' Dies at 81

2 January 2015 10:36 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Donna Douglas -- who famously portrayed Elly May Clampett on the legendary 60s TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- passed away Thursday at her home in Louisiana with friends and family by her side. Douglas' granddaughter confirmed the death to TMZ. Donna starred on "The Beverly Hillbillies" for all nine seasons and even returned for the 1981 reunion TV movie. Douglas also appeared in several other iconic TV series, including "Mister Ed," "The Twilight Zone," "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, »

- TMZ Staff

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Donna Douglas Dead: Beverly Hillbillies Star Dies at 81, Reports Say

2 January 2015 7:43 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Donna Douglas, best known for her role as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, has died, TMZ and other outlets reported on Friday, Jan. 2. She was 81 years old. Family members reportedly confirmed her death to both TMZ and local news station Wafb in Louisiana, where Douglas lived and died. Born in Pride, La., in 1933, Douglas made her first appearances on screen in the late 1950s. Throughout her career, she had parts on the TV series Mister Ed and Twilight Zone, as well as in [...] »

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