Donna Douglas, The Beverly Hillbillies' Elly May Clampett, Dead at 81

Donna Douglas Dead

Donna Douglas, best known for playing Elly May Clampett in the classic sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, died on New Year’s Day at the age of  81.

Douglas passed away in her Louisiana home, surrounded by friends and family, her granddaughter tells TMZ.

In addition to her turn as the Hillbillies‘ resident tomboy, Douglas’ extensive television resumé includes roles in McMillan & WifeTwilight Zone and Mister Ed.

She also opposite Elvis Presley in the movie Frankie and Johnny.

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8 Comments
  1. Kay says:

    As a kid Ellie Mae was the most real character on the show. Even though I was jealous of her, I thought she was the right fit in Frankie and Johnny.

  2. Andy J says:

    So sad to see Donna Douglas go. Elly May was my favorite character on “The Beverly Hillbillies” and truth be tole it’s hard to believe she was 81. She will always be Elly May. At least we still have Max Baer with us.

  3. Lange says:

    Missing a verb in the last sentence. RIP Ms Douglas.

  4. :'( i watched reruns all the time as a kid, sad

  5. dee123 says:

    So will Donna Douglas get twenty million posts like Edward Herrmann did?

  6. I remember her visiting our drama class in my high school days in Orange,Texas.what a blessing to have a true sweetheart to visit our school.