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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

Monday
September 22
6:00pm
Jed Gets the Misery
To humor Granny, Jed fakes illness so that she can resume the doctoring practice that brought her fame in the hills.
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6:30pm
Hair Raising Holiday
Granny defies medical opposition to her own brand of mountain medicine as she reveals an astonishing ability to grow hair.
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7:00pm
Granny's Garden
The neighbors are aghast when Granny decides to start a vegetable garden on the grounds of the Clampett mansion.
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7:30pm
Elly Starts School
Elly May sparks a new trend in understated fashion when she enrolls at a finishing school for pampered rich girls.
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8:00pm
The Clampett Look
Dressed as hillbillies, Cynthia Fenwick and her mother call on the Clampetts, thinking they are the new avant-garde social leaders.
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Tuesday
September 23
5:44pm
The Clampett Look
Dressed as hillbillies, Cynthia Fenwick and her mother call on the Clampetts, thinking they are the new avant-garde social leaders.
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6:00pm
The Clampett Look
Dressed as hillbillies, Cynthia Fenwick and her mother call on the Clampetts, thinking they are the new avant-garde social leaders.
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6:22pm
Jethro's First Love
Jethro, after a man-to-man talk with Jed, wastes no time in finding a girlfriend -- a brassy burlesque dancer.
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6:30pm
Jethro's First Love
Jethro, after a man-to-man talk with Jed, wastes no time in finding a girlfriend -- a brassy burlesque dancer.
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7:00pm
Chickadee Returns
Love-struck Jethro decides he wants to "marry up" with Chickadee Laverne, a brassy burlesque dancer he has brought home.
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7:30pm
The Clampetts Are Overdrawn
Jed Clampett receives the startling news that his multi-million dollar account is overdrawn in the amount of $34.70.
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Wednesday
September 24
5:44pm
Chickadee Returns
Love-struck Jethro decides he wants to "marry up" with Chickadee Laverne, a brassy burlesque dancer he has brought home.
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6:22pm
The Clampetts Are Overdrawn
Jed Clampett receives the startling news that his multi-million dollar account is overdrawn in the amount of $34.70.
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7:00pm
The Clampetts Go Hollywood
Following the advice of J.D. Clampett, an imposter and unemployed actor, the Clampetts decide to go Hollywood in a big way.
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7:30pm
The Garden Party
Mrs. Drysdale, giving a lavish garden party, finds to her horror that she is losing her guests to the lively Clampetts next door.
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8:00pm
Elly Needs Maw
Jed decides that his tomboy daughter Elly, who has taken up motorcycle riding as a hobby, needs a mother to make her a lady.
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