Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas

  • Highest Rated: 90% Lover Come Back (1961)
  • Lowest Rated: 90% Lover Come Back (1961)
  • Birthday: Sep 26, 1933
  • Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, USA
  • Though she appeared in feature films before and after the much-loved '60s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, American actress Donna Douglas will always be remembered as the buxom, blue-eyed tomboy Elly May Clampett. She was born Doris Smith in Pride, LA, and grew up to be very much like Elly May in that she always had a special affinity for animals and nature. As a teen, Douglas was a cheerleader and won some beauty contests, notably the title of Miss New Orleans 1957. From there Douglas appeared as the Letters Girl on The Perry Como Show and later appeared on The Steve Allen Show as a Billboard Girl. She made her feature-film debut in Career Girl (1959) and followed it up with a co-starring role in the Rock Hudson/Doris Day screwball comedy Lover Come Back (1960). She was cast as Elly May in 1962 and remained with the series through its demise in 1971. Later, she returned for a Beverly Hillbillies made-for-TV reunion movie in 1981. In 1965, Douglas starred opposite Elvis Presley in Fred de Cordova's Frankie and Johnnie. It would be her last film that had nothing to do with Hillbillies. Whereas some actors deeply resent being so closely associated with a single role, Donna Douglas embraced Elly Mae and continued to make public appearances in costume. A devout Christian, Douglas was also a noted gospel singer. Douglas died in 2015, at age 81.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies Actor 1981
No Score Yet Frankie and Johnny Frankie 1965
90% Lover Come Back Deborah 1961
No Score Yet Career Marjorie Burke 1959

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Nanny
1993-1999
Herself
  • 1999
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Mildred
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Elly May Clampett
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Debutante Janet Tyler (revealed)
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1952-1966
Donna
  • 1960

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