Donna Douglas, known for her portrayal of Elly May Clampett on the classic TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, died on Thursday, Jan. 1. She was 81-years-old.
The former 'Miss New Orleans' passed away surrounded by friends and family at her Louisiana home, her granddaughter confirmed to 'TMZ.'
Though she is most recognized for her nine-season role on the 1960s hit, 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Donna also starred on several other popular shows including 'Mister Ed,' 'The Twilight Zone,' 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' 'Adam 12,' and 'Route 66.'
Donna in March 2004. (Photo Credit: Getty)
During the 1966 summer hiatus of 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' the actress made her only starring motion picture appearance alongside Elvis Presley in the film 'Frankie and Johnny.'
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Unlike other stars who become typecast in Hollywood for portraying a specific character, Donna never shied away from her role as Elly May Clampett on 'Hillbillies.'
From left to right: Max Baer Jr. (Jethro Bodine), Irene Ryan (Daisy "Granny" Moses), Donna Douglas (Elly May Clampett) and Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett) on 'The Beverly Hillbillies' in October 1963. (Photo Credit: Getty)
"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," she told 'Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict' in 2003 of the role that made her famous.
Donna was married two times; first to Roland John Bourgeois, Jr. — with whom she had her only child, a son named Danny — from 1949 - 1954 and then to 'The Beverly Hillbillies' director Robert M. Leeds from 1971 - 1980.
'TMZ' first reported this news.
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