Donna Douglas
American actress
Donna Douglas
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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The Private World of Darkness: The Secret Behind 'The Twilight Zone' Episode
Huffington Post - over 2 years
SyfY aired a Twilight Zone marathon for July 4, including "The Private World of Darkness." A few years ago, readers of The Twilight Zone Magazine voted it their favorite TZ episode. Notably, a woman, enacted by actress Maxine Stuart in a tour de force Emmy-caliber performance, superbly enunciates her plight as a hideously ugly female whose face is swathed in bandages after having undergone her 11th plastic surgical procedure. The twist in the tale is unveiled when the bandages are removed, and we see a gorgeous blonde surrounded by grotesque doctors, nurses and hospital staffers. However, the actress seen is not Stuart, but rather Donna Douglas of Beverly Hillbillies fame who was considered more beautiful, and hence, more apropos for the end scene. As she races through the hospital until she encounters another "disfigured" human, she utters only a single brief line to minimize the chances that the audience would recognize a different voice. The credits at the end of the episode ...
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Rohnert Park Arrest Log: April 10-16
Rohnert Park Patch - almost 5 years
Monday, April 16 4:31 a.m. Rafael Moquete, 19, of Cotati, was arrested at 23 Arlen Dr. for obstructing justice and using a controlled substance. He was booked at Sonoma County Jail. 4:51 a.m. Daniel Avati-Lemos, 18, of Petaluma, was also arrested at 23 Arlen Dr. for using controlled substances. He was booked at Sonoma County Jail. 4:10 p.m. Kenneth Hotchkiss, 41, of Petaluma, was cited at 6340 Commerce Blvd. for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, violation of probation and jaywalking. Sunday, April 15 1:41 a.m. Jeremy Cooke, 21, of Rohnert Park, was arrested at 217 Santa Alicia Dr. for tampering with a vehicle and violation of probation. He was booked at Sonoma County Jail. 1:41 a.m. Travis Myers, 35, of Rohnert Park, was also arrested at 217 Santa Alicia Dr. for tampering with a vehicle, violation of probation and for possession of burglary tools. He was booked at Sonoma County Jail. 8:28 p.m. Omar Mendoza, 29, of Guerneville, was cited at 6298 Redw ...
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Thanks gentlemen for making a difference: DONNA DOUGLAS column
The Barie Examiner - about 5 years
When Rayner McCullough and Dr. Al Scarth were called to the Lieutenant Governor's quarters at Queen's Park, it marked a lifetime of achievement. Both were nominated for Senior Achievement Awards by the Province of Ontario in a morning ceremony last week.[...]
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Kerrie Smith's Gizmo among Critter Contest winners - Benton Evening News
Google News - over 5 years
Kerrie Smith poses with her dog, Gizmo, who was recently selected by Donna Douglas — better known as Ellie Mae Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies — as a prize winner in the Du Quoin State Fair's “critter contest.” By Bob Ellis Most people who know
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Kids have the ultimate control when they turn to rubber: DONNA DOUGLAS column - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
I feel sorry for some kids, jammed into collapsible strollers and whipped around mall stores where all they can see is other people's knees. And back-to-school time is likely the worst, after Christmas, for toddlers
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Tue. 08/23 - Death Notices - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Loving father of Donna, Douglas (Mindy) & Richard (Suzanne). Caring brother of Maureen Ayers. Predeceased by his wife Marianne, son Donald & brothers John and Michael. Mass of the Resurrection Wednesday 10 AM, OLPH Church, 535 Ashford Ave., Ardsley,
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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw get Barbie treatment - See photo - OnTheRedCarpet.com
Google News - over 5 years
Donna Douglas, the actress who played "The Beverly Hillbillies" bombshell, Elly May Clampett in the 1960s filed a lawsuit in May against Mattel over their Elly May Barbie doll. In the lawsuit, Douglas claims that Mattel is "engaging in the unauthorized
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'Elvis Presley blazed the path for everyone' - The Marshall Terrill interview - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
I saw it so much growing up as a kid that I fell in love with Donna Douglas and hardly noticed Elvis! But I must admit I haven't seen a lot of Elvis' movies. While I'm sure they are fun to watch, I've always been a heavy action and drama fan
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Mitzvah! A gift to the whole community - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
It's customary for congregations from synagogues around North America to celebrate their communities with a 'mitzvah' day, which involves the congregation going into the community to give of themselves. Am Shalom Synagogue in Barrie,
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Terry's team offers a real voice of hope - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
He loved watching TV, eating pizza, spending time with his girlfriend. He was a normal kid who just decided to prove that cancer can be beaten. When he dipped his prosthetic leg in the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland in 1980,
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Choosing laughter over the laundry: DONNA DOUGLAS - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
Perspective helps. Sometimes. My friend Helen is a dynamite financial services professional and resourceful business woman. She gives off an air of confident competence. Pleasant, efficient and detail-oriented, we were dealing with
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County fair returns to McHenry, new tent to promote local talent - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
“Some of the people modify just how much the tractor can pull,” said Publicity Committee Co-Chairwoman Donna Douglas. “Those in the antique tractor pull have no changes done to them whatsoever.” There will be plenty of other familiar things to do and
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Dealing with a deceased symbol on Canada Day: DONNA DOUGLAS - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
It was Canada Day. The day when we all enjoy fabulous weather. Blue skies. The heat. And if we live in the paradise called Barrie, we can swim or row or hike or bike or enjoy great fireworks. Our national symbol is the red maple leaf
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Carson Park fireworks draw thousands - Leader-Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
Donna Douglas of Eau Claire watched as the fireworks were reflected Monday night in the waters along Half Moon Lake beach in Eau Claire. Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:28 pm | Updated: 11:56 pm, Tue Jul 5, 2011. Donna Douglas of Eau Claire was among
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It's the business of body and it's making a difference - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
Asingle split-second shift and a life change. We see this on our highways, in a classroom, in a playground, or on the job site. When Matt Goreski was 25, he chose to play the final game of his Arena Football League contract,
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With Syfy Marathon Ahead, Here Are The Best 'Twilight Zone' Episodes - Starpulse.com
Google News - over 5 years
Kudos to Maxine Stuart, who delivers a virtuoso performance under the bandages, and to Donna Douglas, the Janet Tyler revealed from under the bandages, who mimics the other actress' voice to perfection. This episode has its followers, but it's also an
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A bit of time, a great attitude and many lives being changed: COMMUNITY SECRETS - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
You might see Jordan Downing offering you food samples at Costco on the weekends. You might have met him while he was working at the Y's evening day care centre. These days he's using his upper body strength to set up chairs and tables
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1937 Pro-Union Musical Pins and Needles Will Get a 2011 Update at the Foundry - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
Rather than employing professional actors, the cast of Pins and Needles will feature members of FUREE, including Shannon Barber, Stephen Barnes, Latisha Butler, Cynthia Butts, Marilyn Charles, Donna Douglas, Earlyn Ferguson, Lillian Hamilton,
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Fuelled by faith, Sally taking the leap of a lifetime: Donna Douglas - The Barrie Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
From an altitude of 12500 feet, three generations of Sally Elston's family will slip from a doorless aircraft, packs on their backs and take a leap of faith. Inspired by the journey of Derek Walton, that fearless Barrie banker whose
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donna Douglas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 81
    Douglas died at Baton Rouge General Hospital, aged 82, on January 1, 2015, from pancreatic cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Her interment was in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana's Bluff Creek Cemetery.
  • 2014
    Age 80
    Smith said that on Christmas 2014 Douglas gave her a Bible that she had signed.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas often added scriptural verses to her gifts.
  • 2011
    Age 77
    On December 27, 2011, Douglas settled her suit against CBS Consumer Products and Mattel, in which she had been seeking at least $75,000.
    More Details Hide Details In the lawsuit, Douglas claimed that CBS and Mattel needed her approval to design the doll, while CBS and Mattel maintained that they didn't need her consent or approval because the network holds exclusive rights to the character. Details of the settlement were confidential; both sides claimed to be content with the outcome. In addition to her frequent traveling for celebrity appearances and speeches, Douglas enjoyed gardening, spending time with friends and family, and answering her fan mail.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The suit alleged that packaging for the "Elly May" Barbie doll featured a photo of her portraying the character. Douglas maintained she never endorsed the doll nor gave Mattel permission to use her name to promote its sale.
  • 2005
    Age 71
    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.
    More Details Hide Details You always saw her with all her makeup on. She never looked her age."
  • 2003
    Age 69
    In 2003, Douglas' mother, Elma Smith, and Buddy Ebsen died.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas and Baer visited Ebsen in the hospital, and following his death both delivered a eulogy at his funeral. A decade later, Douglas revealed the depth of her feelings for Ebsen in an interview with "Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict": "I loved Buddy Ebsen. He reminded me so much of my own dad. Most of my scenes were with Buddy, and most of Max's with Irene. Buddy was just a wonderful man. I related to him so easily. The night before he died, Max and I went up to the hospital to see him."
  • 1994
    Age 60
    In 1994, Douglas and Wilson declined a $1 million offer to settle the case.
    More Details Hide Details The judge found in favor of Walt Disney Pictures and the other defendants. Wilson stated at the time, "They would have had to copy our stuff verbatim for us to prevail."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 59
    On June 10, 1993, Douglas and her partner Curt Wilson in Associated Artists Entertainment, Inc., filed a $200 million lawsuit against Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, their production companies, and Creative Artists Agency claiming that Sister Act was plagiarized from a book, A Nun in the Closet, owned by the partners.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas and Wilson claimed that in 1985 they had developed a screenplay from the book. The lawsuit claimed that there were more than 100 similarities and plagiarisms between the movie and the book/screenplay owned by Douglas and Wilson. The lawsuit claimed that the developed screenplay had been submitted to Disney, Goldberg, and Midler three times during 1987 and 1988.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2010, Mattel released a new collection of three Barbies called the Classic TV Collection. These dolls were Samantha Stephens (from Bewitched, played by Elizabeth Montgomery), Jeannie (from I Dream of Jeannie, played by Barbara Eden) and Elly May Clampett. Douglas received her real estate license after The Beverly Hillbillies finished production. She did not work in that field long, however, as she remained in show business and found other projects. Douglas frequently performed as a gospel singer and was a speaker at church groups, youth groups, schools and colleges across the United States. One focus of her charitable work was speaking in support of various Christian children's homes, mostly in the American South. She appeared at conventions and trade fairs. She recorded several gospel albums, the first released in 1982, and recorded a few minor country music records during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • 1992
    Age 58
    In 1992, Douglas and Baer attended Buddy Ebsen's 84th birthday celebration in Beverly Hills, California.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas was a guest star on a number of other television programs and the subject of paper dolls, dolls, coloring books, and various toys during the height of the show's popularity. In a 2003 interview with "Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict", she summed up her views on the role: "Elly May was like a slice out of my life. She is a wonderful little door opener for me because people love her, and they love the Hillbillies. Even to this day it's shown every day somewhere. But, as with any abilities, she may open a door for you, but you have to have substance or integrity to advance you through that door."
  • 1971
    Age 37
    She married Robert Leeds, director of The Beverly Hillbillies, in 1971; they divorced in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas remained a close friend of Buddy Ebsen for 32 years. In a 2011 interview with The Lincoln Times-News, she described Ebsen as "a wonderful man, very much like my own father, a quiet, reserved, and caring person".
  • 1966
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film proved popular and is among Presley's most frequently televised movies, but it did little to advance Douglas' big-screen career.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 27
    She played Barbara Simmons in four 1961 episodes of the CBS detective series Checkmate.
    More Details Hide Details Her other credits included in U.S. Marshal, Tightrope, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Bachelor Father, Adam-12 and Route 66. Douglas also appeared in Thriller, season 1, episode 16, "The Hungry Glass". Although Douglas was an active actress in the 1960s, she was still relatively unknown when selected from among 500 young actresses to work alongside veteran actor and dancer Buddy Ebsen on The Beverly Hillbillies. This series ran for nine consecutive seasons, beginning in 1962 and ending in 1971. Continually typecast as a result of her Hillbillies role, Douglas decided to focus on her career as a gospel singer.
  • 1957
    Age 23
    Douglas moved to New York City to pursue a career in show business and started as an illustration model for toothpaste advertisements. She was featured as the "Letters Girl" on NBC's The Perry Como Show in 1957 and as the "Billboard Girl" on NBC's The Steve Allen Show in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details These and other television appearances led New York photographers and newspaper reporters to award her the "Miss By-line" crown, which she wore on CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show. Hal B. Wallis saw the Sullivan episode and cast her in the role of Marjorie Burke in the movie drama Career (1959), starring Anthony Franciosa, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine. This was followed by a bit part in the musical comedy Li'l Abner (1959) and the role of a secretary in the comedy/romance Lover Come Back (1961), starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day. She made numerous television appearances in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including The Twilight Zone episode "The Eye of the Beholder" (1960).
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 15
    Douglas married her first husband, Roland Bourgeois, Jr., in 1949, with whom she had her only child, Danny Bourgeois, in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details The couple divorced that same year.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Age -2
    Douglas was born Doris Ione Smith in the community of Pride, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, on September 26, 1932.
    More Details Hide Details The younger of two children, she was the only daughter of Emmett Ratcliff Smith, Sr. and his wife, Elma (née Robinson). Her birth name is listed both as Dorothy Smith and Doris Smith in various articles.
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