Donna Douglas

Born Sep 26, 1933

Donna Douglas is an American actress best known for her role as Elly May Clampett, in the long-running television series The Beverly Hillbillies.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Donna Douglas.


1932 Birth Douglas was born Doris Ione Smith in the community of Pride, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, on September 26, 1932. … Read More


1949 16 Years Old Douglas married her first husband, Roland Bourgeois, Jr., in 1949, with whom she had her only child, Danny Bourgeois, in 1954. … Read More


1957 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Douglas attended St. Gerard Catholic High School, where she played softball and basketball and was a member of the school's first graduating class. Douglas was named "Miss Baton Rouge" and "Miss New Orleans" in 1957.
1961 28 Years Old She played Barbara Simmons in four 1961 episodes of the CBS detective series Checkmate. … Read More


1966 33 Years Old During the 1966 summer hiatus of The Beverly Hillbillies, Douglas made her only starring feature film appearance, cast as Frankie in Fred de Cordova's Frankie and Johnny (1966) alongside Elvis Presley. … Read More
1971 38 Years Old She married Robert Leeds, director of The Beverly Hillbillies, in 1971; they divorced in 1980. … Read More


1973 40 Years Old With the 1973 death of Hillbillies co-star Irene Ryan, and Max Baer Jr.'s refusal to participate, Douglas joined Nancy Kulp and Buddy Ebsen in 1981 as the only original cast members to appear in the reunion movie, The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies. … Read More


1992 59 Years Old In 1992, Douglas and Baer attended Buddy Ebsen's 84th birthday celebration in Beverly Hills, California.


1993 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Douglas, Ebsen, and Baer reunited on The Jerry Springer Show, and for a final time in a CBS-TV television special, The Legend of The Beverly Hillbillies. … Read More
1994 61 Years Old In 1994, Douglas and Wilson declined a $1 million offer to settle the case. … Read More
2003 70 Years Old In 2003, Douglas' mother, Elma Smith, and Buddy Ebsen died. … Read More
2005 72 Years Old Charlene Smith, Douglas' niece by marriage, said that Douglas returned to live in East Baton Rouge Parish in about 2005: "She was always happy, always beautiful. … Read More
2011 78 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 4, 2011, Douglas filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Mattel and CBS Consumer Products used her name and likeness for a Barbie doll in the Classic TV Collection without her authorization. … Read More
2014 81 Years Old Smith said that on Christmas 2014 Douglas gave her a Bible that she had signed. … Read More
2015 82 Years Old Douglas died at Baton Rouge General Hospital, aged 82, on January 1, 2015, from pancreatic cancer. … Read More
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