Donna Douglas, who played hillbilly bombshell Elly May Clampett on the beloved 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, has died. She was 81.
Her death leaves only one member of the show’s original cast still alive: Max Baer Jr., who played Elly May’s cousin, Jethro, is 77.
Douglas, a former Miss Baton Rouge and Miss New Orleans, was born in 1933, in Pride, La., and lived in Zachary, La..
She attended a local Catholic high school, where she played softball and basketball, and was a member of the school’s first graduating class.
But she’ll always be known as Elly May — the tomboy-but-sweetly sexy blond Clampett daughter who never seemed to be aware of her effect on men, and who referred to their Beverly Hills mansion swimming pool as the “SEE-ment pond.”
Douglas also will be remembered as co-starring opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny.
The Beverly Hillbillies was a classic fish-out-of water comedy about a poor backwoods family transplanted to California after striking oil (“black gold” as the banjo-inflected theme song went) on their land.
Starring Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett (he died in 2003), the show ran for nine years on CBS, from 1962 to 1971. It consistently ranked in the top most-watched programs on TV during its run.
Source: USA Today