Donna Douglas

At the height of her fame in the mid-1960s, actress Donna Douglas received more fan mail than any of her castmates on the hit sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS, 1962-1971), appeared on the cover of TV Guide ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1933 in Pride, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heroes of the Street 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's All-Time Favorites 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beverly Hillbillies 1962 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie and Johnnie 1966 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Marineland Carnival 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Bachelor Father 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Lover Come Back 1960 (Movie)

Deborah (Actor)

Career 1958 (Movie)

Marjorie Burke (Actor)

Biography

At the height of her fame in the mid-1960s, actress Donna Douglas received more fan mail than any of her castmates on the hit sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS, 1962-1971), appeared on the cover of TV Guide nine times, and was paired with Elvis Presley in the musical "Frankie and Johnny" (1966). Douglas' casting as a critter-loving hayseed Elly Mae Clampett, transplanted by sudden wealth with her family to the well-manicured lawns of Beverly Hills, was pure typecasting, as the former Miss New Orleans had grown up a tomboy on a sprawling farm in the back country bayou of East Baton Rouge. A discovery of producer Hal Wallis, Douglas arrived in Hollywood as a divorcée with a child to support, biographical information withheld from the public by CBS until the series had established itself as a ratings contender following its premiere in the fall of 1962. Though she enjoyed international fame during the series' nine seasons, Douglas was a victim of typecasting after the cancellation of "Hillbillies" in 1971; additionally, her devout Christian beliefs prohibited her from moving on to roles in the steadily more mature and risqué fare that Hollywood had to offer. Effectively retired by 1980, the twice-divorced Douglas returned to private life as a successful Beverly Hills real estate agent, making occasional forays to the nostalgia convention circuit to celebrate the series that made her famous. Donna Douglas died at her Louisiana home on January 1, 2015 at the age of 81.

Milestones

1981

Reprised role of Elly May Clampett in "The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies"

1978

Appeared in two episodes of "Project UFO" on NBC

1966

Starred alongside Elvis Presley in "Frankie and Johnny"

1962

Cast as Elly May Clampett in hit series "The Beverly Hillbillies"

1960

Appeared in the NBC horror series "Thriller"

1960

Made small appearance in beloved "Twilight Zone" episode "Eye of the Beholder"

1959

Offered small role in Academy Award nominated drama "Career"

1957

Began first major job as billboard girl on "The Steve Allen Show"

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