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

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

Donna Douglas, Elly May Clampett on ‘Beverly Hillbillies,’ Dies at 81
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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Which Elvis Presley song will the public dub the King's best?

ITV are revealing the nation's favourite Elvis Presley song. Chances are the best tracks will be sadly overlooked

When ITV announced the nation's favourite Abba songs a few years back – The Day Before You Came, Dancing Queen and, top of the pile, the Bergman-like cleave of The Winner Takes It All – the general public and rock critics were as one. For a number of reasons, it seems unlikely that this will be the case when The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song is announced this weekend.

This is partly down to the sometimes peculiar choices of songs for singles throughout the King's career, the seven-inch single being the format which – in the pre-Beatles world – was the main way that pop was absorbed. Don't Be Cruel was cast adrift on the b-side of Hound Dog, Leiber and Stoller's luscious Loving You lost on the flip of child-friendly Teddy Bear, while the likes of Suspicion,
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M*A*S*H Star Morgan Dead At 96

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M*A*S*H Star Morgan Dead At 96
Character actor Harry Morgan has passed away at the age of 96.

Morgan died of pneumonia at his home in Brentwood, California on Wednesday.

He is best known for portraying fatherly Colonel Potter on the long-running hit American TV series M*A*S*H, a role which earned him an Emmy Award in 1980.

The actor was born in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan and he went on to study pre-law at the University of Chicago in Illinois before taking up a two-year stint on Broadway in the original production of Golden Boy.

Morgan later starred opposite Elvis Presley in Frankie and Johnny, veteran John Wayne in The Shootist, actor James Garner in Support Your Local Gun Fighter, and even Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd in Dragnet.

He also appeared in the TV shows December Bride and Dragnet and made a number of guest appearances in TV hit like 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Gunsmoke, The Love Boat and The Partridge Family.

He last appeared in a comedy short titled Crosswalk in 1999.

Harry Morgan: 1915-2011

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Harry Morgan: 1915-2011
Harry Morgan, the actor best known for his role as the well-respected, sometimes irascible Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the long-running series "M*A*S*H", died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.

He was born Harry Bratsberg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, to Henry and Anna Bratsberg, where his father worked for war hero and car designer Eddie Rickenbacker. The family soon moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where Harry, hoping to be a lawyer, became heavily involved debate and speech classes; his junior year in high school he won a debate championship at the University of Michigan. He attended the University of Chicago for a few years, before leaving school and finding employment with an office equipment maker who eventually sent him to Washington D.C. It was during his time in Washington D.C. that Harry got his start on the stage, joining the Civic Theater in Ben Hecht’s "Front Page". Eventually, he moved on to a Mt. Kisco summer stock theater company, where he met and acted regularly with actress Frances Farmer. Ms. Farmer had quite an impact of his life; she promoted his career by involving him to acting classes with Elia Kazan, and also introduced him to her University of Washington classmate Eileen Detchon. He married Detchon in 1940 and they would have four children, sons Christopher, Charles, Paul and Daniel. Harry's stage career continued to grow, as he joined New York's Group Theater, whose members included Kazan, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. When Hollywood agent Charlie Feldman saw him perform on Broadway, he signed the young actor and had him quickly under studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox, where he changed his name to Henry Morgan.

Harry and Eileen made the move to Hollywood in the early 1942 and his first billed appearance (as Henry Morgan) came that year in To the Shores of Tripoli. To avoid confusion with a popular comedian of the time, another name change soon followed, and he became Harry Morgan. Morgan’s film career prospered, and in the next 5 decades he appeared in many now-legendary dramatic films, including The Ox-Bow Incident, All My Sons, Madame Bovary, High Noon, The Glenn Miller Story, Inherit the Wind, Cimarron, How the West Was Won, Frankie and Johnny, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shootist.

While building this impressive film resume, Morgan was simultaneously working regularly in radio and television, with brief roles in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Cavalcade of America" and "The Twentieth Century Fox Hour" before landing the role of comedic neighbor Pete Porter in "December Bride", which eventually lead to the spin-off series "Pete and Gladys". In 1963, his TV career took a turn toward more serious projects, as part of the ensemble in "The Richard Boone Show" and an iconic role as Officer Bill Gannon in 1967’s "Dragnet". The series, and his performance in it, was not only a precursor to modern police and detective series, but would also inform the 1987 film Dragnet, a comedic reimagination of the show starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks; Morgan appeared in this film as Captain Bill Gannon.

Despite decades spent working in film and TV, it would be his work in the TV series "M*A*S*H" that made him instantly recognizable around the world. After a memorable, Emmy-nominated guest turn as loony Major General Steele at the beginning of the third season in 1974, Morgan was invited back to join the cast a year later as Colonel Sherman T. Potter, the late-career Army man sent to run the eccentric medical unit after the loss of their previous commanding officer. Morgan's nuanced performance as dedicated leader and surgeon with an unwavering sense of right and wrong combined with a father-like protectiveness of his staff, allowed Potter to grow organically through the long run of the series. The small touches he brought to the role – Potter's paintings were done by Morgan himself, and the picture of Mildred Potter on Potter’s desk was actually Morgan's wife Eileen – only added to the authentic humanity of his portrayal, and in 1980 Morgan won an Emmy for his performance. After the series came to an end in 1983, Morgan continued the role in the short-lived spin-off "AfterMASH".

After the death of his wife Eileen in 1985, he kept himself busy making guest appearances in series such as "The Love Boat" and took a regular role in the single season run of "Blacke's Magic". In December of 1986, he married Barbara Bushman, the granddaughter of silent film star Francis X. Bushman. His work as a TV guest star continued through the late 1990s in "The Simpsons," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Grace Under Fire", and his final movie work included Family Plan and the short film Crosswalk.

He is survived by Barbara, his sons Christopher, Charles and Paul, and grandchildren Spencer, Rosemary and Jeremy.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Eileen in 1985 and his son Daniel in 1989.

Elvis 75th Birthday Collection DVD Review

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This year on January 8, Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday. The occasion was commemorated with a huge party in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie went before a throng of fans during record-breaking cold weather to cut a lovely cake baked especially for the King. Vans traveled furiously up and down Elvis Presley Boulevard delivering hundreds of fervent Elvis followers to their Mecca: Graceland. There were cameras and news crews, along with minor celebrities attending the event that had known or even worked with Elvis himself. The whole occasion was a rather big deal for Elvis fans. One would think that with all of this hullabaloo going down, 20th Century Fox and MGM would have acquired some footage of the birthday scene for their recent DVD release: Elvis – The 75th Birthday Collection 7 DVD set.

The DVD could include some commentaries by the many Elvis
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DVD Review: ‘Elvis 75th Birthday Collection’ Seven-Movie Set

Chicago – Attention Elvis Presley fans. Coming out a few months after what would have been his actual birthday on January 8th is the “Elvis 75th Birthday Collection” from 20th Century Fox, which includes seven of the King’s films in one set. With a few hits and a few more unheralded gems, the “75th Birthday Collection” has a very low price point (under $6 a movie) that might make it the perfect Father’s Day gift choice for the patriarch in your family.

DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0

With no special features and standard video/audio quality, the only notable thing about the “75th Birthday Collection” is the chance to have seven films from Presley’s career in one affordable set. With only the films that Elvis made under the MGM banner available, instantly recognizable hits like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and “Girl Happy” are not included (but will be in a massive,
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First Details! Jason and the Argonauts Hitting Blu-ray

Rejoice! Looking to wash away the taste of the Clash of the Titans remake! We are, too. Hopefully the latest news from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will get you as giddy as it has us!

From the Press Release

Embark on an adventure with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment when the epic odyssey Jason and the Argonauts is released on Blu-ray Disc on July 6, 2010 for the Slp of $24.95. Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), who turns 90 this year, solidified his mark as a stop-motion master when this movie hit theaters in 1963. Harryhausen’s use of the medium exhilarated audiences as they followed Jason on his journey, encountering behemoth bronze statues, multi-headed serpents and the iconic animated armed skeletons. Through these effects, Harryhausen gave this mythical tale new legs and a provided an enduring spectacle for audiences. Viewers can now take this journey in
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Trinity Of Terrors Guest Spotlight: The Baddies of 1972's The Last House On The Left!

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With the recent remake of the 1972 shocker The Last House On The Left now available on DVD, new audiences have been seeking out Wes Craven's original film. At the inaugural Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors (to be held October 30 through November 1 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas), Fangoria welcomes the "baddies" of the original film, with David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, and Marc Sheffler all set to appear!

Tickets for our massive Halloween Weekend are now available online through http://www.trinityofterrors.com and through Vegas.com. You may also order tickets from Vegas.com by phone - 1-888-las-vegas (527-8342) 24 hours a day.

David Hess:

David began his professional career as a songwriter for Shalimar Music in 1957, under the pseudonym of David Hill. David's first recording was a quick hit, which was later performed and credited to Elvis Presley. The song: "All Shook Up.
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