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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

Thursday
December 25
10:00am
Home For Christmas
The Clampetts take their first airplane ride, returning to their mountain cabin for a surprise Christmas visit with Cousin Pearl.
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10:30am
No Place Like Home
The Clampetts, home for Christmas, help Cousin Pearl woo Mr. Brewster, the big oil company executive.
TV-G
11:00am
Christmas at the Clampetts
Christmas Day finds the Clampetts somewhat befuddled by their expensive gifts, all from banker Milburn Drysdale.
TV-G
11:30am
The Christmas Present
The Clampetts broaden their Beverly Hills experience by working as temporary Christmas help in a department store.
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12:00pm
Christmas in Hooterville
The hillbillies spend the Christmas holiday in Hooterville, where Eb courts Elly May and Granny pursues Sam Drucker.
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