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The Beverly Hillbillies

Donna Douglas

Elly May Clampett

Born in Baywood, Louisiana on September 26, 1933, Donna Douglas began her life as a very Elly May-ish tomboy: Though she was a rough-and-tumble little girl, her show business career began in beauty pageants and cheerleading competitions. Douglas was named Miss New Orleans in 1957 and soon after made appearances on The Perry Como Show and The Steve Allen Show (as a Billboard Girl). In 1960, Douglas starred in Eye of the Beholder, one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone. Her physical beauty was perfect for the "failed" plastic surgery patient--though actress Maxine Stuart provided the character's voice. In addition to her career-defining role of Elly May Clampett, Donna has appeared in classics such as The Night Gallery, Love American Style and more recently Super Mario Brothers. She also starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie Frankie and Johnny, which sparked rumors of a romance between the two celebrities. These days Donna is a gospel singer who makes frequent appearances at celebrity autograph shows across the U.S. In 2005 she filmed two pilot episodes for a children's program titled Mirror, Mirror. Donna Douglas currently lives in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area in Louisiana.

Character Bio

Elly May Clampett is a tough-as-nails tomboy trapped in the body of a blonde bombshell. Though her true passions are wrasslin' with Jethro and raising her critters--Elly has a zoo full of pets including cats, dogs, skunks and a chimp--Elly's outer beauty attracts several Beverly Hills beaus, including Sonny Drysdale (the layabout stepson of banker Milburn Drysdale), actor Dash Riprock, and Navy frogman Mark Templeton. Elly handles all the attention from her eager-beaver suitors just fine, but it's clear she'd prefer to spend her time with REAL animals.

The Beverly Hillbillies TV Schedule

Monday
November 3
9:00am
The Old Folks Home
Granny fears that her kin plan to send to an old folks home when they suggest she'd be happier in a country cottage.
TV-G
9:35am
Flatt and Scruggs Return
Country music stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs return for a song-filled visit to the Clampetts.
TV-G
Tuesday
November 4
9:00am
The Folk Singers
Jethro abandons his dangerous career as an "Astronaut" for the even more precarious one of the folk singer.
TV-G
9:35am
The Beautiful Maid
A glamorous Swedish actress who yearns to play a hillbilly moves in with the Clampetts to study backwoods dialect. Guest stars Julie Newmar.
TV-G
Wednesday
November 5
9:00am
The Bird Watchers
A bird-watching professor jeopardizes Elly May's romance with film star Dash Riprock.
TV-G
9:35am
Jethro Gets Engaged
Jethro is elated, sure he's going to be twice as big a movie star as Dash Riprock, when he lands a job as Dash's double.
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