Friday, January 2, 2015

Donna Douglas 1933-2015

Donna Douglas, best known for playing Elly May Clampett on the TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer at her home in Zachary, Louisiana.  She was born and raised in Pride, LA and was named both "Miss Baton Rouge" and "Miss New Orleans" in 1957.  She was one of over 500 actresses to audition for the role of Elly May, during which she was asked to milk a goat.  She made many other television appearances, and also recorded a gospel music album, wrote two children's books, and was briefly involved in the real estate business.  She was married twice, and had one son with her first husband.

Read more at CBS News, USA Today, Fox News, The Times-Picayune and The Hollywood Reporter.  Besides Louisiana, New York and Hollywood, Donna Douglas also spent some time in The Twilight Zone.

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