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The Beverly Hillbillies

Irene Ryan

Daisy May 'Granny' Moses

Irene Ryan was well into her fifties when she became famous as the wiry Granny Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies even though she was only six years older than TV son. Born in El Paso, Texas on October 17, 1902, Ryan began her show business career at age 10, later touring with her husband as the Vaudeville act Tim & Irene. Ryan appeared in B-movies like Bonzo Goes To College in the 40s, and later made the move to TV in shows such as The Ray Bolger Show and Make Room For Daddy. After nearly ten years as Granny Clampett, Irene headed back to Broadway with a Tony-nominated performance in Pippin. In April, 1973, Ryan suffered a stroke and died soon after at the age of 71. Although she is gone, the Irene Ryan Trust fund lives on, donating scholarships to promising young theater arts students.

Character Bio

Granny, Jed Clampett's highly excitable mother-in-law, is the matriarch of the Clampett family. Granny can cook up the best possum stew and boiled buzzard eggs west of the Ozarks. She's also a doctor of mountain medicine, and is adept at creating potions and curing ailments. One of her most famous recipes is a cure for the common cold that works without fail: take Granny's corn squeezin's, stay in bed, drink lots of fluids, and in about a week you'll be right as rain! Granny spends much of her spare time trying to find a beau for her granddaughter Elly May, who's over 14 and thus in danger of becoming a spinster. Never quite comfortable in her Beverly Hills digs, Granny frequently threatens to return to her ramshackle cabin in Bug Tussle - which makes her a prime candidate for Mr. Drysdale's devious schemes.

The Beverly Hillbillies TV Schedule

Tuesday
September 30
10:14am
The Clampetts Go Fishing
The Clampetts embark on an unusual fishing trip - at the famed Marineland of the Pacific.
TV-G
6:00pm
A Bride for Jed
Jane Hathaway comes up with a unique idea on how to find a wife for Jed Clampett, with disastrous results.
TV-G
6:30pm
The Critter Doctor
One of Granny's pets is ill, and Elly May irks her by calling a vet. A door-to-door salesman comes peddling bug spray, and Granny mistakes him for the veterinarian. Guest star: Mark Goddard
TV-G
7:00pm
Granny vs. The Weather Bureau
Granny's old-fashioned ways of predicting the weather are pitted against the Weather Bureau's advanced technology.
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7:30pm
Another Neighbor
Several of Beverly Hills more prominent citizens are more than a little affected when they sample Granny's potent spring tonic.
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Wednesday
October 1
9:37am
Granny vs. The Weather Bureau
Granny's old-fashioned ways of predicting the weather are pitted against the Weather Bureau's advanced technology.
TV-G
10:14am
Another Neighbor
Several of Beverly Hills more prominent citizens are more than a little affected when they sample Granny's potent spring tonic.
TV-G
6:00pm
The Bank Raising
Invited to the dignified groundbreaking for a new bank, the Clampetts confuse the event with an old-fashioned "barn-raisin'."
TV-G
6:30pm
The Great Crawdad Hunt
Two Beverly Hills tycoons continue to probe the mysterious doings of that inscrutable financial wizard, J.D. Clampett.
TV-G
7:00pm
The Dress Shop
The Clampetts, on the advice of banker Drysdale, become the owners of the most exclusive dress shop in Beverly Hills. Guest star: Natalie Schafer.
TV-G
7:30pm
The House of Granny
The Clampetts new exclusive dress shop becomes The House of Granny -- complete with a cracker barrel, potbellied stove and more.
TV-G
Thursday
October 2
9:37am
The Dress Shop
The Clampetts, on the advice of banker Drysdale, become the owners of the most exclusive dress shop in Beverly Hills. Guest star: Natalie Schafer.
TV-G
10:14am
The House of Granny
The Clampetts new exclusive dress shop becomes The House of Granny -- complete with a cracker barrel, potbellied stove and more.
TV-G
6:00pm
The Continental Touch
Snooty Mrs. Drysdale mistakes Elly May for a European princess and excitedly plans a very lavish party in her honor.
TV-G
6:30pm
Jed Incorporated
Jed does business his own way when Drysdale forms Clampco, Inc. for tax purposes and makes Jed president.
TV-G
7:00pm
Granny Learns To Drive
Granny and gasoline prove a terrifying mixture when, after a taxi ride, Granny decides she must learn to drive. Guest star: Mel Blanc.
TV-G
7:30pm
Cabin In Beverly Hills
Banker Drysdale's remedy for Granny's homesickness starts the first social revolution in the history of Beverly Hills.
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