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RIP Elly May: Donna Douglas dead at 81.

The Beverly Hillbillies' Baby Jane is no longer with us:

PRIDE, LA (WAFB) - Family members say 81-year-old Donna Douglas passed away this morning at the age of 81. Douglas was an actress, best known for her role as Elly May Clampett, the only daughter of Jed Clampett, in the CBS television series The Beverly Hillbillies. She was born in 1933, in Pride, LA and lived in Zachary, LA.
Douglas attended St. Gerard High School, a Roman Catholic school, where she played softball and basketball. She was a member of the school's first graduating class. She was a "Miss Baton Rouge" and was named "Miss New Orleans" in 1957.
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replies 167Jan 2, 2015 8:22 AM +00:00

She's gone to that great Cee-ment Pond in the Sky.

RIP Elly May

replies 1Jan 2, 2015 8:29 AM +00:00

Ah dang!

Just Jethro left

replies 2Jan 2, 2015 8:32 AM +00:00

I'm surprised she was that old...,she was 29 or 30 when "The Beverly Hillbillies" started!

replies 3Jan 2, 2015 8:33 AM +00:00

So, so young.

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--Olivia de Havilland
replies 4Jan 2, 2015 8:34 AM +00:00

I care more about Donna Douglas than Cuomo.

Donna made me laugh. Cuomo was some ole Yankee governor.

replies 5Jan 2, 2015 8:35 AM +00:00

Donna was rescumlican.

replies 6Jan 2, 2015 8:39 AM +00:00

I loved Elly May. I knew she was waving at me at the end of The Beverly Hillbillies.

replies 7Jan 2, 2015 8:40 AM +00:00

She had a hot ass but couldn't live forever.

--Nancy Kulp
replies 8Jan 2, 2015 8:41 AM +00:00

She didn't pass away.

She is DEAD.


No, she DIED!


--She's fine, she sends her love.
replies 9Jan 2, 2015 8:43 AM +00:00

People who get all torn up about the term "passed away" crack me up.

--get over it
replies 10Jan 2, 2015 8:46 AM +00:00
Family members say 81-year-old Donna Douglas passed away this morning at age 81.

Who writes these things? Jethro?

--How old was she?
replies 11Jan 2, 2015 8:49 AM +00:00

Gone to that big cement pond in the sky.

replies 12Jan 2, 2015 8:50 AM +00:00

R12, see R1.

replies 13Jan 2, 2015 8:52 AM +00:00

Ellie May is one of my favorite TV characters.

And Donna Douglas rode her out to the very end!


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--Homo Hillbilly
replies 14Jan 2, 2015 8:56 AM +00:00

It's always sad when I hear that one of the young and vibrant ones has expired.

--Franco Zeffirelli
replies 15Jan 2, 2015 8:58 AM +00:00

Didn't she make some anti-gay statements some years ago?

replies 16Jan 2, 2015 8:59 AM +00:00

She always seems very likeable, although as an actress, she clearly had no range beyond Elly May. Fellow cast members said she basically was naive country girl Elly. Apparently she dated Elvis briefly and he broke her heart, because she naively thought they'd fallen in love.

replies 17Jan 2, 2015 9:00 AM +00:00

I'd never heard that, r16. She seemed more Dolly Parton than Sarah Palin.

replies 18Jan 2, 2015 9:02 AM +00:00

Who's going to take care of all her critters??

--Cousin Bessie
replies 19Jan 2, 2015 9:05 AM +00:00

From a thread about celebrity encounters:

Once sat next to Donna Douglas on a flight from L.A. to Atlanta. This was in the mid 80's and she would have been in her mid 50's. It was like she had just stepped off the set of Beverly Hillbillies. Blond peroxided hair in pigtails, dressed in a red checkered pantsuit that looked like she'd had it made from a picnic tablecloth. The only luggage she brought on board was her makeup case which she stored under the seat in front of her. As soon as we were in flight she leaned over and asked if I had the time. I told her what time it was and said "you're Donna Douglas aren't you?". She was tickled pink someone knew who she was. We talked and talked and I had so many questions I wanted to ask that I knew better than to ask, such as "was the breakup with Elvis as bad as I heard". She was on her way to Atlanta to sing at some religious meeting. You could tell there was something seriously off about her, mentally.
The strangest thing about her was that she already had a ton of makeup slathered on her face but she took her makeup case out at least every 30 minutes and did a full touch up. By the time we landed she had to have a quarter inch of pancake on that face. But she was a sweetheart, even if she was obviously batshit crazy.
replies 20Jan 2, 2015 9:06 AM +00:00

Max Baer (is he gay?) may be the last to go, but Bea Benadaret was the first. (Incidentally, she was trying for the part of Granny, but was eventually cast as Cousin Pearl because her tits were too big.)

Benaderet was diagnosed with cancer in 1967, which led to her departure from Petticoat Junction in what was hoped would be a temporary absence. On October 13, 1968, Benaderet died in Los Angeles, California, aged 62 at the Good Samaritan Hospital from lung cancer and pneumonia. She was survived by her second husband, and her two children. She was entombed in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Her second husband Eugene Twombly died of a heart attack on the day of her funeral (four days after her death), and was interred beside her. Twombly had been a sound-effects artist for a number of radio and television shows.
replies 21Jan 2, 2015 9:08 AM +00:00

Luise Rainer, Edward Herrman and now Donna Douglas makes three.

I laugh every time I hear someone say famous people always die in threes. Famous people die every day, it's all just a matter of degree of celebrity.

replies 22Jan 2, 2015 9:09 AM +00:00

R22, and by 3 you mean 4, right?

--Mario Cuomo
replies 23Jan 2, 2015 9:12 AM +00:00

It was a silly show, but it still can make me laugh when I come upon it.

I remember a few episodes where Elly May's jeans-and-rope-belt look was mistaken for the latest high fashion by the snobbiest girl in Beverly Hills. Donna was one-note, but it was a very funny note.

replies 24Jan 2, 2015 9:14 AM +00:00

Donna Brainless was heavily involved with Rat Robertson & his 700 Club for decades.She would be seen answering the phones & probably turned over to the fundies every red cent the dummies in our community ever gave her.Despite all the mean/crazy/kooky crap they would portray about various minorities she never distanced herself from anything they did or said(back in the 80's televangelists said that AIDS activists would infect water supplies to get back at heteros & get more "infected supporters" for their cause).The way some of you are boo-hooing about her,maybe you should make a direct deposit to some religious hate machine before nightfall in memory of her.I say burn in hell bigoted bitch!!!

replies 25Jan 2, 2015 9:15 AM +00:00

Late in life
replies 26Jan 2, 2015 9:16 AM +00:00

The Beverly Hillbillies was a fabulously funny show with a great cast.They sure don't make 'em like they used to!

replies 27Jan 2, 2015 9:17 AM +00:00

R25, time for your meds and back into your clock.

replies 28Jan 2, 2015 9:19 AM +00:00

She fucked Elvis while making "Frankie and Johnny".

replies 29Jan 2, 2015 9:20 AM +00:00

Fuck off, R25. Aren't you late for your meeting with Al Sharpton?

replies 30Jan 2, 2015 9:21 AM +00:00

Television chews up actors and spits them out. Network TV didn't pay good money to newcomers in the 1960s. Even after starring in 274 episodes on one of the highest-rated shows in history, Donna Douglas had to go to work selling real estate shortly after the show was canceled.

Everyone on that show except Buddy Ebsen made more money doing personal appearances than they made as salaried actors.

replies 31Jan 2, 2015 9:24 AM +00:00

Was Nancy Kulp the first bulldyke on tv?

replies 32Jan 2, 2015 9:25 AM +00:00

Could this lead to a comeback for Erika Eleniak?

replies 33Jan 2, 2015 9:25 AM +00:00

I worked in a hospital in Orlando, mid-90's. A patient was dying and wanted to meet her so a nurse tracked her down (I think she was in real estate in CA and made a mint!) and DD flee to FL at her own expense to visit him. I found out she regularly did this and always paid her own way. She was dressed like Elly Mae and was so sweet. Yes, she was very religious and yes she was a conservative. So what? She had a good heart. RIP Elly. Go find Dash Riprock . He was hot!

replies 34Jan 2, 2015 9:26 AM +00:00

Didn't Donna admit to trading sex with males studio executives for the part on Beverly Hillbillies?

Or was that some other sitcom starlet of the 1960's?

replies 35Jan 2, 2015 9:28 AM +00:00

Ebsen was evil, he was behind how low-paid his costars were. He thought he was the big star and they didn't deserve more than a pittance. He also went out of his way to bash Nancy Kulp when she ran for political office. Total douchebag.

replies 36Jan 2, 2015 9:28 AM +00:00


replies 37Jan 2, 2015 9:30 AM +00:00

81? I'm surprised.

replies 38Jan 2, 2015 9:31 AM +00:00
Was Nancy Kulp the first bulldyke on tv?

Gee, I dunno. Princess Summerfall Winterspring never shaved her legs.

--Howdy Doody
replies 39Jan 2, 2015 9:31 AM +00:00
Was Nancy Kulp the first bulldyke on tv?


--Ann B. Davis as Schultzy
replies 40Jan 2, 2015 9:33 AM +00:00

Ann B Davis is straight.

Surprised by Nancy Kulp. She was very feminine on the Hillbillies. Wasn't she linked with Paul Newman at one point?

replies 41Jan 2, 2015 9:34 AM +00:00

Jethro aged in an... interesting way, also.
replies 42Jan 2, 2015 9:36 AM +00:00

Wellllll, doggies!

--The ghost of Buddy Epson
replies 43Jan 2, 2015 9:37 AM +00:00

newspaper article

Actress Donna Douglas, best known for portraying Elly May Clampett, on the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies", has died, according to
The Clarion Ledger
replies 44Jan 2, 2015 9:40 AM +00:00

Jethro turned into a stone cold pimp.

replies 45Jan 2, 2015 9:41 AM +00:00

Can't wait for Max Baer's statement.

replies 46Jan 2, 2015 9:41 AM +00:00

I thought Donna was a closeted lesbian.

replies 47Jan 2, 2015 9:46 AM +00:00

Poor Max Baer, one of the worst cases of typecasting ever. Everyone thought he was Jethro the country bumpkin moron, when actually the guy is quite intelligent. He had to be to survive at all in the business after the Hillbillies.

replies 48Jan 2, 2015 9:47 AM +00:00

Wrong Donna.

--Ms. Mills
replies 49Jan 2, 2015 9:47 AM +00:00

R41 = nuts

--Dead lesbian Ann B. Davis
replies 50Jan 2, 2015 9:48 AM +00:00

Who cares if Max Baer was intelligent? He's a lousy actor and as slimy as Bob Guccione.
replies 51Jan 2, 2015 9:56 AM +00:00

(36) I agree with everything you said. I also don't believe she had anything nice to say about Nancy Kulp when Ebsen did attack ads on her. (28) What did I say that was cuckoo? Everything in my post is absolutely true. She backed several fundie groups that told parents it was okay to put their BGLT kids out on the street to keep other children in the home safe from them(because BGLT's can't reproduce we have to "recruit").Do you know how many people have been affected by her actions? Do you even care? Do you think that when she was working the 700 Club phones,she was telling parents to accept their kid & giving them PFLAG's number? I'm guessing you are either a rightie,a religious nut or a starstruck fool in regards to Donna Brainless. For the record, I'm an independent agnostic American who doesn't give anyone who supports our enemies a free pass on anything. I think anyone in our community who supports our enemies in any shape or form is cuckoo. (30)Sounds like you hate Al Sharpton as much as I do. The anti-gay bigotry he put on display on Morton Downey's show definitely did him in for me. The clip might still be on the internet somewhere. (34)Rat Robertson has also done some nice things for heteros over the years. Will you be posting all of his good deeds when he croaks? What nice things did you post for Jesse Helms & Jerry Falwell? Just curious.

--Rat Robertson Hater
replies 52Jan 2, 2015 9:59 AM +00:00

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for being on one of the funniest and most iconic TV shows. RIP.

--Bronze Age Gay
replies 53Jan 2, 2015 10:00 AM +00:00

Ann B. Davis costarred on "Love That Bob." Nancy Kulp was also a regular member of the cast portraying pith-helmeted neighborhood bird-watcher Pamela Livingstone, though I don't know if she was in every episode. Thus they came to public attention on TV on the same series at the same time.

replies 54Jan 2, 2015 10:47 AM +00:00


This is actually sad.

replies 55Jan 2, 2015 10:50 AM +00:00

Has Max Baer, Jr. (Jethro Bodine) weighed in yet?

replies 56Jan 2, 2015 10:53 AM +00:00

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The Clarion Ledger
replies 57Jan 2, 2015 10:53 AM +00:00

r56 --

Max Baer Jr., who co-starred with Donna Douglas on The Beverly Hillbillies, tells RumorFix, “I loved her.” Coming from the 77-year-old, that means a lot, because he says, “I’m such a bastard that if you’re a dick when your living — you’re a dead dick.” But he says that wasn’t the case with the 81-year-old actress, who died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at her home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“She was Elly May until the day she died,” he tells us exclusively. “When I saw her for autograph signings or other gatherings, she always dressed the same with pink or blue” and of course those signature pigtails. Max, who was the youngest star on the show, says, “I spoke to her on a semi-regular basis. We weren’t the kind of people who would text, but we would call each other when there was something to share.”
The Beverly Hillbillies star says the last time he saw the blonde beauty was in January 2013 for an autograph signing in Los Angeles. And, he didn’t know she was sick until she passed away.
Max says Donna had pancreatic cancer for the past four months, “but she was a very private person — nothing like me.” A friend told him Donna had a message for him: “Tell Maxie I thought I was going to get better.” The actor, who still embraces Jethro, has fond memories of Donna and the show that made him famous: “Some of those shows — if you didn’t laugh, you had to be a pretty strange person. They were as much slapstick as Chaplin.”
With a sad tone in his voice, Max says, “I’m the last man standing. All the actors, producers — everybody on the show is gone.”
Max Baer Jr. On Donna Douglas -- "She was Elly May until the day she died," he tells RumorFix in an exclusive interview about the Beverly Hillbillies icon.
RumorFix - The Anti Tabloid
replies 58Jan 2, 2015 10:59 AM +00:00

Has Jethrene Bodine issued a statement yet? What about Sonny Drysdale? Elverna Bradshaw?

replies 59Jan 2, 2015 11:48 AM +00:00

She was a very pretty woman.

I don't know why, but I thought she'd never married.

RIP, Donna.

replies 60Jan 2, 2015 12:10 PM +00:00

She liked the ladies.

replies 61Jan 2, 2015 12:24 PM +00:00

Donna Douglas, who died Thursday, found lasting fame in her role as Elly May Clampett on the CBS sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies." But it was a small role she had two years before that has arguably had a more lasting impact. It was her first, but not her only, trip to "The Twilight Zone."

Donna Douglas , who died Thursday , found lasting fame in her role as Elly May Clampett on the CBS sitcom " The Beverly Hillbillies ." But it was a small role she had two years before that has arguably had a more lasting impact. It was her first, but not her only, trip to "The Twilight Zone."
replies 62Jan 2, 2015 12:26 PM +00:00

(60)Pretty on outside. Ugly on inside.

--Kim Fung Toi (subbing for Rat Robertson Hater)
replies 63Jan 2, 2015 12:38 PM +00:00

I grew up watching sweet Elly May Clampett. The show was hilarious. My childhood is officially over.

replies 64Jan 2, 2015 12:43 PM +00:00

The wife of Paul Henning said she was incredibly naïve. Elvis romanced (read: had sex with her) as he did all his co-stars, and Mrs. Henning had to console her and tell her about "Hollywood" romances. She actually thought Elvis was gonna marry her.

replies 65Jan 2, 2015 12:53 PM +00:00

Elvis fucked all his female co-stars with the exception of Mary Tyler Moore.

replies 66Jan 2, 2015 1:08 PM +00:00

I doubt he fucked Lizabeth Scott. And don't you dare mention Angela Lansbury.

replies 67Jan 2, 2015 1:16 PM +00:00
Princess Summerfall Winterspring never shaved her legs.

Sounds like a good candidate for a volunteer at the Womb Purging Hut.

--Nan Michiganwomyn
replies 68Jan 2, 2015 3:18 PM +00:00

Max Baer went to Santa Clara University, where Jerry Brown and Shemar Moore also went.

replies 69Jan 2, 2015 3:37 PM +00:00
Family members say 81-year-old Donna Douglas passed away this morning at age 81.

NPR reports say she was 82.

replies 70Jan 2, 2015 4:08 PM +00:00

Well the family said 81 TWICE so they win.

--Oh Dear
replies 71Jan 2, 2015 4:10 PM +00:00

R52, paragraphs PLEASE.

replies 72Jan 2, 2015 4:10 PM +00:00
Was Nancy Kulp the first bulldyke on tv?


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--Sheila Kuehl
replies 73Jan 2, 2015 4:10 PM +00:00

R34 proves that sometimes we should turn a blind eye to a nice person's bad religion and conservatism. Sometimes.

--Your dotty Aunt Gladys.
replies 74Jan 2, 2015 4:16 PM +00:00

Wow, I had crushes on both Nancy kelp and Sheila Kuehl.

I am SUCH a lesbian.

replies 75Jan 2, 2015 4:17 PM +00:00

Elly May is dead! I always liked her. So sad.

--Dash Rip Rock
replies 76Jan 2, 2015 4:19 PM +00:00

Elvis never fucked Barbara Stanwyck.

replies 77Jan 2, 2015 4:25 PM +00:00

R74, umm, NO.

Sad to hear she was a crazy fundie. May she burn in hell.

replies 78Jan 2, 2015 4:30 PM +00:00

R78 - charter member of Gay Mossad

replies 79Jan 2, 2015 4:33 PM +00:00

The funniest moment on that show was when Granny thought a kangaroo was a giant jack rabbit. No one believed her when she said she saw it and they thought she had been hitting the moonshine.

At one point Granny boxes/fights with the 'roo. I swear I could not stop laughing. Truly silly, fun slapstick.

I always thought that DD had made a killing in real estate. Not sure now if that was true.

replies 80Jan 2, 2015 4:43 PM +00:00

R10. So smug. So condescending. So deserving of a terminal pass.
replies 81Jan 2, 2015 5:02 PM +00:00

Ann B. Davis and Nancy Kulp on Love That Bob pre-dated Sheila (Keuhl) James on Dobie Gillis.

--Connie Ford
replies 82Jan 2, 2015 5:19 PM +00:00

Donna may never have found another acting job after Beverly Hillbillies but did she ever try and change her image? Did she ever appear in public without her signature pigtails?

She seemed to relish being typed as Elly May.

replies 83Jan 2, 2015 5:21 PM +00:00

I was madly in love with Max Baer Jr. when I was a gay child. I had fantasies of tying him down to a table on his back with his rope belt.

I watched and waited each week for him to appear shirtless or in a bathing suit in the cement pond. But that rarely ever happened.

replies 84Jan 2, 2015 5:23 PM +00:00

"Ebsen was evil, he was behind how low-paid his costars were. He thought he was the big star and they didn't deserve more than a pittance. He also went out of his way to bash Nancy Kulp when she ran for political office. Total douchebag."

Yeah, Buddy Ebsen had control of the salaries of the other actors on that show! What horseshit. As for that flap about Nancy Kulp...well, it's been blown totally out of proportion. Supposedly during her political campaign Nancy Kulp claimed to have the support of all her co-stars on TBH. She didn't. Buddy Ebsen didn't support her; I don't think Max Baer did, either. Anyway, it pissed off Buddy Ebsen to the point where he endorsed the other candidate running against her. He may have just not liked her politics, which was certainly his right. Anyway, his supporting another political candidate doesn't constitute being a "douchebag", you twit.

replies 85Jan 2, 2015 5:31 PM +00:00

R16 and R25 you could not be more wrong.

Donna appeared on Tammy Faye's and Jim Baker's show at one time. The subject of homosexuality came up. Both Tammy and Donna were very emphatically pro-gay, Donna saying how many gay people she knew from television work and how wonderful they are, and Tammy echoing that, adding there were many gays working at PTL club.

Many celebrities are not what you would think and are definitely not their characters. I used to live in Los Angeles and frequentyly was in New York, and I have met hundreds of celebrities. Some are very nice, and some are not, just like everyone else.

replies 86Jan 2, 2015 5:39 PM +00:00

The obsessive touching-up Douglas did on the plane reminds me of when I first moved to NYC in the 1980's. At some point I was watching the movie "Arthur" being filmed outside St. Bart's on Park Avenue. No Dudley Moore, just Liza Minnelli. They were shooting and reshooting some bit of Liza's, not very long. She was obsessively backcombing and fluffing her hair. Whatever happened in a take, who cares (whatever it was didn't seem complicated and only involved her). But lord, the hair. I didn't know that much about celebrities at the time, but her focus on her hair struck me as ocd. Her assistant had the rhythm down. Fuck the take. As soon as cut would be called, the assistant would whip out the mirror and Liza would commence sort of manically fluffing her hair. Even I got bored, and she was one of the first big celebs (to me) I saw in NYC. The hair was obviously all she cared about.

replies 87Jan 2, 2015 5:58 PM +00:00
The hair was obviously all she cared about.

Sometimes glamour is all a woman has.

replies 88Jan 2, 2015 6:03 PM +00:00

I loved the line Granny told Jed when she talked to him about how imperative it was to get a husband for Elly Mae: "I can't keep telling people she's thirteen forever!"

replies 89Jan 2, 2015 6:44 PM +00:00

It's sort of a pity that Donna never acted when TBH ended. Tina Louise and Barbara Eden and Barbara Feldon did those movies of the week when their shows ended.

I remember there was an Elly Mae thread here several years ago that linked to a bunch of photos, from a movie magazine (or more than one perhaps) circa 1964 with her young son dressed in chic two piece suits looking gorgeous.

Here's a good clip from Frankie and Johnny

Artist: Elvis Presley Song: Frankie and Johnny
replies 90Jan 2, 2015 6:47 PM +00:00

R85, you're all wet. Culp never claimed any of that shit, she only pointed out that Ebsen went out of his way to let the right wing use him against her.

--I was there
replies 91Jan 2, 2015 6:50 PM +00:00

With these other ingenues dropping like flies, my silver screen debut is right around the corner. I can just feel it!

replies 92Jan 2, 2015 7:03 PM +00:00

(86)Oh Please! Look up "Pat Robertson controversies" on Wikipedia. Donna Douglas never condemned nor distanced herself from any of the racist,anti-gay,anti-AIDS,anti - -science bullcrap that the 700 Club crowd has found itself in over the years. I was going to mention some of the stuff but there is just too much to list & people like you don't know what you are talking about. David Duke is socially radioactive & honorable politicians/celebs have to distance themselves from him or suffer some type of backlash. The same measure should be held to socially radioactive Pat Robertson & his kindred spirits. Donna Douglas hid behind her t.v. persona from over half a century ago & didn't have to answer(be held accountable) for any of the bigoted wrecking ball jerks she hooked her wagon up to. Christian fundies are currently trying to make African BGLT's lives as difficult as possible & Donna Douglas has lent her name/image to the cause. I can't believe we even have to debate something like this in the gay community of all places! Get Real!!!

--Rat Robertson Hater
replies 93Jan 2, 2015 8:04 PM +00:00

I liked her, so sad to hear about this.

RIP Elly May.

replies 94Jan 2, 2015 8:15 PM +00:00

There was an old movie mag article that compared Donna to Connie Stevens with Connie coming out as a desperate p.r. whore while Donna was praised for being herself. Connie was on Hawaiian Eye at the time. The colunist alluded to Donna having a young son that was being rasied by her parents away from Hollywood.

replies 95Jan 2, 2015 8:22 PM +00:00

I'm glad you're being a thorn in everyone's side r93. Fuck the fundie apologists--in a bad way. Ding Dong the Bitch is dead. And she's C-list bitch. Not even worth spitting on her grave. I'll save that for Casket-Dance Regan and "Bar" Bush. And all the other Bush league shits.

replies 96Jan 2, 2015 8:26 PM +00:00

She seemed like a simple woman who liked to please her fans. Although I value intelligence, I like that she did that and didn't take her fans for granted.

replies 97Jan 2, 2015 8:31 PM +00:00

R77 You're right: Stanwyck fucked Elvis (and who can blame her?!) NOBODY could resist that "hillbilly dick," I guess.
replies 98Jan 2, 2015 8:31 PM +00:00

I think she had to have some mental illness. I saw her on some talk show in the 90s with other former TV stars. She was all done up in the Elly May hair and makeup and a gingham dress. And she still spoke in that breathy, cornpone Elly May manner. It came off sad and a bit creepy.

replies 99Jan 2, 2015 8:34 PM +00:00

R96. How is R93 being a thorn in anyone's side? I think he/she is a total nut bag full of displaced hatred, obvious anger management issues, and no social skills, but that's OK. Everyone has a right to express their opinion. Freedom of speech is great and shouldn't bother those who dont share the same views.

And, does anyone actually think the dead are aware that someone hates them? I think its a lot of hot air and energy wasted on a non-entity but that's just my opinion.

Y'all have a good night.

replies 100Jan 2, 2015 8:37 PM +00:00
She was all done up in the Elly May hair and makeup and a gingham dress. And she still spoke in that breathy, cornpone Elly May manner. It came off sad and a bit creepy.


--Joey Luft
replies 101Jan 2, 2015 8:39 PM +00:00

God Almighty. Must we make fun of everyone who dies? Must we?

replies 102Jan 2, 2015 8:39 PM +00:00

Posted in the Twilight Zone Marathon thread about Donna Douglas:

Director Douglas Heyes cast two actresses in the lead. The first was Maxine Stuart as the "woman under wraps." Heyes cast her "because of her voice, because her voice did nor suggest a beautiful girl, it suggested a strong, harsh, realistic woman, and therefore the unveiling would be a surprise."

The other actress cast in the lead "the beauty," was Donna Douglas. Although not well known at the time, she soon would be, as Elly May in The Beverley Hillbillies. "She was not yet known to anybody, but she was absolutely beautiful" said Heyes. So I said "You'll have a few lines, but later Maxine Stuart will dub them in her voice."

It turned out that Donna Douglas was a very good actress, and she hung around during the entire performance, the playing of scenes under bandages, and when it came to the time that she was unveiled and she had these words to say, she did them so accurately in the same voice that we didn't redub her.

From The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree


replies 103Jan 2, 2015 8:41 PM +00:00

I think she was lucky in the same way Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper on Gilligan's Island, was about embracing the role that typecast her. Douglas and Hale were always happy to be recognized and willing to greet people from all walks of life. I think they each took it as a grateful duty to not disappoint fans who saw them as old friends.

Douglas was breathtakingly beautiful when the show debuted. But by the end they were encasing her in frilly dresses and bigger wigs to camouflage her advancing age. She was nearly forty when the series ended.

replies 104Jan 2, 2015 8:43 PM +00:00

To he who feels that DD was a right wing fundie actively campaigning to make the lives on young LGBT kids hell: the woman had a sweet nature but she was borderline slow. Do you think she continued to live that character until her death because she had a lot on the ball? No. She was always so delighted to be included in any format which would welcome her. If Pat Robertson or The Bakers asked her to be on their show, I seriously doubt that she was cosigning the politics of the Hate Right. Did she believe in Jesus Christ? Yes. As I said, she was very slow. Save your hatred for those who are smart enough to fully understand what they are saying and doing.

replies 105Jan 2, 2015 8:50 PM +00:00

She is one of the few celebrities whom I felt genuinely sad when I heard she died. RIP Elly.

By the way, she had the most realistic Hillbilly accent of any of the characters.

replies 106Jan 2, 2015 8:54 PM +00:00

Elly. May has past away.

--Dumbfuck on Facebook
replies 107Jan 2, 2015 8:55 PM +00:00

Like Chris Knight on The Brady Bunch and Dawn Wells on Gilligan, Donna Douglas was the one member of her ensemble cast who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

The Beverly Hillbillies put out an album of comic songs in the mid-Sixties. Turns out Max Baer had a strong, clean singing voice. Ebsen and Ryan were old vaudevillians who knew how to sell a song. Even Raymond Bailey and Nancy Kulp recorded a funny musical duet. But apart from a few spoken lines, Donna Douglas was left strictly in the background.

replies 108Jan 2, 2015 9:08 PM +00:00

Buck would never have fucked Elvis!

--Beth Jarrett
replies 109Jan 2, 2015 9:23 PM +00:00

I don't hate anyone. I hate the idea that we BGLT's have to mourn & say nice things about( & gloss over)someone who never cared about us in the first place. She was no Elizabeth Taylor for the gays(far from it). So what if Donna Douglas had a nice demeanor about her in public? So did Anita Bryant. So did Stephen Collins. So did Bing Crosby. My main point is that being a nice public figure doesn't excuse any hurt you do to an individual or a community. Donna Douglas did more to hurt our community than help it by her deeds & associations. (105) People who are "slow" don't get a pass for wrongdoing in this country. The American Constitution says all citizens are created equal including Donna Douglas. I could see this big lovefest for her on the Christian fundie sites but I can't fathom for the life of me the outpouring of love for someone who could have cared less for the entire lot of us. She could have lent her name to anti-discrimination laws like Debra Messing & other celebs. She could have lent her name to AIDS charities like Judith Light & other celebs. She could have lent her name to the anti-bullying of our youth like Kathy Griffin but I can't recall a single cause she ever helped us out with. I enjoyed her famous Twilight Zone appearance & I admit to liking her role on the Beverly Hillbillies as well but in her personal life she was nothing to write home about in regards to the BGLT community. We should focus on the poor African BGLT's that will probably never have a life as good as the one Donna Douglas left this earth with. That's my main point. Peace to all & a good night to those who need it.

--Rat Robertson Hater
replies 110Jan 2, 2015 9:29 PM +00:00

R110, you are choosing to hate so hard, you are hurting yourself.

You don't have to convince us to hate Elly May Clampett. It's not worth the energy you put into it. We didn't know her enough to love or hate her for real, and her death is little more than a piece of trivia to most of us. Lighten up.

replies 111Jan 2, 2015 9:34 PM +00:00

Thank you, r110. Glad to find out the truth about her.

It is easy to forget that a celebs stage/screen persona is most certainly NOT their real-life persona. Okay, so she play a sweet hillbilly girl in some 1960s television show.

I don't know if DD supported what the fundies are doing in Africa to the gays, but I will say this: anyone, anyone, who supports what the fundies are doing to gays in Africa is pure evil, simply pure evil. No hiding behind a sweet persona allowed. No hiding behind "faith". No one should be allowed to get away with being associated with such groups. I liked DD and the character she played, too, but come on, DD!

replies 112Jan 2, 2015 10:49 PM +00:00

Lotta nutty posts in this thread. Just sayin'.

--Christen Chenowith
replies 113Jan 2, 2015 11:34 PM +00:00

R110's radical polemics are getting tiresome.

In a war you have to pick your battles, and railing against DD's perceived lack of support by Rat Roberston Hater is not one of them, I don't think.

We need to be vigilant, but not hyper vigilant.

Thanks for all you do, RRH, but hands off Donna Douglas.

replies 114Jan 3, 2015 3:03 AM +00:00

"In a war you have to pick your battles..."

And I guess we know which side you're on, Miss.

replies 115Jan 3, 2015 3:09 AM +00:00

Elvis didn't fuck Princess Summerfallwinterspring.

Judy Tyler was married shortly before doing "Jailhouse Rock." After filming her husband was driving back to New York. In Wyoming a car pulled out from a side road. Judy (age 24) and her husband were killed.

A service was held at Frank E. Campbell, where Mario Cuomo is now reposing.

replies 116Jan 3, 2015 3:33 AM +00:00

I'm getting Zoolander vibes from your last sentence, r116.

replies 117Jan 3, 2015 3:37 AM +00:00

Nancy Kulp ran in a Republican district of Pennsylvania. Buddy Ebsen called the incumbent, volunteering to do radio spots. She got 33.6% of the vote.

replies 118Jan 3, 2015 3:44 AM +00:00

Wasn't DD also in F-Troop?

replies 119Jan 3, 2015 4:37 AM +00:00

R116. That is just horrible! To die in Wyoming; just horrible!

replies 120Jan 3, 2015 4:46 AM +00:00

Her grandson might be this guy:
replies 121Jan 3, 2015 4:55 AM +00:00

When I met Donna Douglas at an autograph signing for an automobile dealership back in 1996, she was a lot of fun. She was a tiny girl. She came in wearing a frilly blouse and black slacks. For some reason her limo was late and there was a pretty big crowd already assembled to meet "Elly May."

She walked in, did her "whistle" and said, "Howdy! Let's go!"

The first man in line was an Elvis impersonator in all his glory....she was FREAKED OUT...but posed for a photo with him...although she couldn't wait to get him out of there.

She talked to everybody and signed free photos with a Bible verse. I had a photo that I had gotten from Nancy Kulp when I wrote her a fan letter. When Donna saw it, she looked at it for a long time, and finally said: "What a sweet soul."

She had been in some movies, "Li'l Abner" and "Lover Come Back" (a funny bit as Tony Randall's secretary).

She may have been a bit off the wall, but she embraced her role in life. I doubt she was Elly May 24/7 - but when she was out in public, she knew what people expected.

And as another poster upthread said, she did have the most genuine accent on the show.

replies 122Jan 3, 2015 5:12 AM +00:00

When Nancy Kulp was ill and dying, Donna went to her Palm Springs home and helped her and nursed her. This was brought up on several talk shows back in the day, like Sally Jessy's show.

Donna was not "mental" or mean. She certainly was not anti-gay. She seemed a very fragile, non limelight person who was happy to have worked on TV. I remember reading somewhere that after TBH, she didn't want to do anymore TV and went into real estate. She also went to Branson every so often to greet fans and participate in Branson's summer activities.

Elly May was a TV icon, yes, a true one, not like the instantly manufactured celebs of the last ten years or so. TBH, at least for the first four years, was a funny, sweet, harmless show with great characters, heart, and gentle satire.

You whiny political bitches always complaining because someone doesn't give you or people in other countries free handouts are tiresome and lazy.

replies 123Jan 3, 2015 6:06 AM +00:00

R120 = Matthew Shepard.

replies 124Jan 3, 2015 6:14 AM +00:00
The Beverly Hillbillies' Baby Jane

What does this mean? A reference to how she kept her hairstyle well into her later years?

replies 125Jan 3, 2015 7:47 AM +00:00

One of the cable channels had a "The Nanny" marathon overnight, and the episode I surfed by had Fran house hunting in Beverly Hills and Donna Douglas answering the door of a house Fran was looking to rent.

replies 126Jan 3, 2015 7:52 AM +00:00

R125, it is a reference to how spooky she looked in her later years by clinging to the look she had when she was young and famous. Like Baby Jane Hudson, Douglas gave onlookers the impression that she never washed her face but kept piling on more and more makeup. Add a long blonde wig and girlish clothing and the resemblance is undeniable.

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replies 127Jan 3, 2015 7:57 AM +00:00

Per r126, DD's appearance begins at 5:30

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replies 128Jan 3, 2015 8:00 AM +00:00
Wasn't DD also in F-Troop?

No, that was Melody Patterson who played Wrangler Jane.
replies 129Jan 3, 2015 8:05 AM +00:00

Fixed it for you, R128

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replies 130Jan 3, 2015 8:13 AM +00:00
Add a long blonde wig and girlish clothing and the resemblance is undeniable. [see offsite link on]

She never changed her hair and her make-up was not good (not clown like terrible but not good. However, I don't think that her wardrobe choices could really be described as "girlish". They were quite age appropriate. Pink, and perhaps very feminine or "girlie"; but not girlish.

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replies 131Jan 3, 2015 9:36 AM +00:00

Was Sonny Drysdale gay?

replies 132Jan 3, 2015 9:41 AM +00:00

Did she ever make an attempt to break away from Ellie Mae? Say, in a Very Special Ironside?

replies 133Jan 3, 2015 9:44 AM +00:00

Donna appeared in one of the most well known episodes of "The Twilight Zone", pre-TBH.

replies 134Jan 3, 2015 9:47 AM +00:00

Are you sure you're not mixing her up with Anne Francis, star of FUNNY GIRL?

replies 135Jan 3, 2015 9:51 AM +00:00

I'm very old so watched Howdy Doody religiously back then. I was even a member of The Peanut Gallery one week!

I adored Princess Summerfalllwinterspring. She was my first pretend gf. I was devastated when one week she was suddenly gone without explanation.

Thank you. Now, back to DD.

replies 136Jan 3, 2015 10:27 AM +00:00

Caught her in an old ep of McMillan and Wife- this had to be a couple years after Hillbillies. Looked the same, very small part. She did Password a few times in the early 70's.

replies 137Jan 3, 2015 11:36 AM +00:00

Was Donna Douglas her real name?

Or was the DD alliteration in imitation of Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Brigitte Bardot, Diana Dors, Corinne Calvet, Dorothy Dandridge, Lina Lamont, et. al.?

replies 138Jan 3, 2015 4:04 PM +00:00

Larry Pennell who played Dash Riprock died in 2013.

Larry Pennell, Actor: Ripcord. Larry Pennell was born on February 21, 1928 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, USA as Lawrence Kenneth Pennell. He was an actor, known for Ripcord (1961), General Hospital (1963) and Bubba Ho-Tep (2002). He died on August 28, 2013 in the USA.
replies 139Jan 3, 2015 5:04 PM +00:00

A clip.
replies 140Jan 3, 2015 5:07 PM +00:00

Yes, but now we have Finn Wittrock.

replies 141Jan 3, 2015 8:02 PM +00:00

This has been a Filmways presentation!

taken from "The Beverly Hillbillies" on TV Land
replies 142Jan 4, 2015 6:00 AM +00:00

I saw a repeat of "The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies" (which has to be the worst reunion movie ever) on cable during the 90s. I remember thinking how sad it was that they made Donna (who must have been 50 years old at the time of the movie) wear the pigtails and tight jeans and rope. I had no idea that she still dressed like that in real life!

replies 143Jan 4, 2015 9:44 AM +00:00

I agree, R143. I couldn't make it through the first hour of the BH reunion movie when it first aired. It was depressingly bad. You just felt sorry for everyone involved. They would have done better to assemble the living cast members on a dee-luxe living room set and have them reminisce over a bunch of classic clips.

replies 144Jan 4, 2015 11:05 AM +00:00
saw a repeat of "The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies" (which has to be the worst reunion movie ever)

Correct, the reason was the only reason the "hillbillies" was funny was it was a "fish out of water" sitcom.

The rural people living in the city.

The reunion movie put Jed back in the Ozarks and that made the whole thing dull. Coupled with the fact Milburn was dead by then as well as Granny, there went the two funniest characters of the lot.

replies 145Jan 4, 2015 11:07 AM +00:00


Nice try, but it just doesn't cut it.

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replies 146Jan 4, 2015 11:10 AM +00:00
Milburn was dead by then as well as Granny, there went the two funniest characters of the lot.

And the third funny character, Jethro, was played by a ringer as Max Baer was wise enough to sit out the project. Baer stated that he would not reprise Jethro because a young bumpkin is funny but a middle-aged one is pathetic.

Imogene Coca was a gefilte fish out of water playing Granny's "Maw," which was a stupid idea in the first place, as Granny was supposed to be old as the hills herself.

replies 147Jan 4, 2015 11:14 AM +00:00
Was Donna Douglas her real name?

No, it was Doris Smith

Donna Douglas was the one member of her ensemble cast who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

Continually typecast as a result of her Hillbillies role, Douglas decided to focus on her career as a gospel singer.

Donna Douglas Sings Gospel (1982) Here Come the Critters (1983) Donna Douglas Sings Gospel II (1986) Back on the Mountain (1989)

replies 148Jan 4, 2015 11:19 AM +00:00

She was a tool with an over inflated ego.

Look at this:

In her final years she enjoyed celebrity appearances and speeches, gardening and answering her fan mail.

How pathetic is that? Stupid old bitch waiting around for fan mail from a half century old show.

Her niece Charlene Douglas said:

She was always happy, always beautiful. You always saw her with all her makeup on.

Yeah right did she ever take it off before putting on new make up.

Smith said that on Christmas 2014 Douglas gave her a Bible that she had signed

What the fuck? Who the hell in their right mind signs a Bible? Does she think she's Jesus.

Clearly this bitch was a screwed up old Frau.

replies 149Jan 4, 2015 11:26 AM +00:00

Yeah a thousand years from now that will be in the New York Art Museum as the "Elly Mae Bible."

replies 150Jan 4, 2015 11:28 AM +00:00

All of those insipid CBS rural comedies ruled the Nielsen ratings back in the 1960's.

replies 151Jan 4, 2015 11:57 AM +00:00
How pathetic is that? Stupid old bitch waiting around for fan mail from a half century old show.

I recall a poster here who smoked a joint with Bob Denver out in the parking lot after an autograph show featuring washed-up celebs. He said that after a few hours of selling autographs, Denver departed with a fanny-pack full of twenty dollar bills. Good work if you can get it.

replies 152Jan 4, 2015 12:17 PM +00:00

I don't understand why they even did the reunion movie, since Ryan and Raymond Bailey were dead and Baer refused to reprise his role. Then, they didn't have the house or the truck...and Jed, Jethro and Elly May didn't even have a scene together until the LAST SCENE! And Imogene Coca as Granny's 110 year old mother was so miscast.

replies 153Jan 4, 2015 12:19 PM +00:00

R153, they did the movie because they were testing the waters for a return of the series. Also, Paul Henning said it sucked so bad because they taped it during a writers strike and he wasn't able to do re-writes. Which no amount of re-writes would've saved it!

replies 154Jan 4, 2015 12:29 PM +00:00

I had no idea when the series was in its first run that Milburn Drysdale was wearing a toupee.

replies 155Jan 4, 2015 12:54 PM +00:00

R155, Raymond Bailey and Irene Ryan became famous quite late in life. Basking in their unexpected success, it irked the both of them that few people ever recognized them when they went out in public. Once the makeup and wigs came off, neither of them looked much like their famous characters.

replies 156Jan 4, 2015 1:10 PM +00:00

"Are you sure you're not mixing her up with Anne Francis, star of FUNNY GIRL?"

No, Anne Francis was on another episode where she became a mannequin.

Donna was on the famous episode where everyone but her had the face of a pig, yet she was considered the abnormal looking one.

replies 157Jan 4, 2015 1:26 PM +00:00

Raymond Bailey was already a highly successful and constantly working character actor (both toupeed and not) for a couple of decades before he really hit it rich with Beverly Hillbillies.

Irene Ryan, OTOH, seemed to come out of nowhere and was a real find as Granny. She was a very smart and kind woman who put much of her fortune into scholarships for college level actors that is still being granted today.

replies 158Jan 4, 2015 1:32 PM +00:00

Irene had a minor film career prior to TBH. She co-starred in "My Dear Secretary" with Kirk Douglas, and she played Linda Darnell's maid in some swashbuckling movie, among others. She had a thriving vaudeville career with her husband Tim Ryan. It was always fun to see Irene all dolled up on "Password", showing America that she wasn't that old crone on the series.

replies 159Jan 4, 2015 1:38 PM +00:00

r159 I seem to recall she played a nurse in the "Dr. Kildare" films, starring Lew Ayres. Can't find any online info to back it up though, am I misremembering?

--Bronze Age Gay
replies 160Jan 4, 2015 1:54 PM +00:00

Donna would have been a child when those films were made.

replies 161Jan 4, 2015 2:02 PM +00:00

The film with Irene Ryan and Linda Darnell was "Blackbeard, the Pirate"(1952).

replies 162Jan 4, 2015 2:10 PM +00:00

I think R160 referring to Irene Ryan, R161.

The one laugh in the RETURN movie was when the escapees from the Old Maids Home hid out in Jed's cabin. They were all beauties of about 18, one being Heather Locklear.

replies 163Jan 4, 2015 2:35 PM +00:00

I think what was so incredible about seeing Ryan in Pippin was that though everyone in the audience was happy to see the beloved Granny live onstage they just weren't expecting to see this diminutive elderly woman so totally own it and with one song hit a home run. That's what brought the house down.

replies 164Jan 4, 2015 2:38 PM +00:00

That, and the fact there's a line about "a man who calls me 'Granny'."

replies 165Jan 4, 2015 2:42 PM +00:00

R149 a nasty old hunty who probably LOVES ABC's shitdrams like Scandal and How to get away with.

If you don't like Donna Douglas, why are you on this thread?

Go jump in your grease fires, as you so often tell others to.

replies 166Jan 4, 2015 2:44 PM +00:00

I loved Elly May on the Beverly Hillbillies. She was gorgeous, kind to animals, sweet to people, and knew how to rassle like a pro.

I kind of enjoy that Donna Douglas kept the Elly May identity right up to her death as well. Yeah, it was Baby Janey, but really, who was she hurting? Nobody.

So she was Christian and turned up on some Christian shows. I don't give a fuck. It doesn't diminish the joy she brought me watching her take a dip in the cement pond with ducks, seals, and and all her other critters.

She was one of TV's great characters on one of TV's great sitcoms.

replies 167Jan 5, 2015 6:31 AM +00:00