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Donna Douglas in June 2007.
Donna Douglas in June 2007.

Donna Douglas (born September 26, 1931) is a Louisiana-born American actress. She is best-known for her role as Elly May Clampett in the long-running TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, which made her one of the most popular television stars of the 1960s. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... “TV” redirects here. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ...

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Early life and career

Born Dorothy Smith in Baywood, Louisiana, Douglas grew up in Louisiana on her grandparents' farm, loving "critters" and nature, climbing trees, swinging on vines and playing football and softball. Baywood is a town located in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Farm (disambiguation). ... “Natural” redirects here. ... Tree climbing consists of ascending and moving around in the canopy of trees. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Soft ball is also a sugar stage Softball is a team sport, in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ...


She was a cheerleader in high school and after high school, had a son, divorced, and won some beauty contests, all within the span of a few years. She was awarded the titles "Miss Baton Rouge" and, in 1957, "Miss New Orleans".[1] Youth Cheerleaders during a football halftime show. ... Mrs. ... Nickname: Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Location of Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Coordinates: , Country United States State Louisiana Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Founded 1699 Incorporated 16 January 1817 Government  - Mayor Melvin Kip Holden (D) Area  - City  79. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... NOLA redirects here. ...


She went to New York to pursue a career in entertainment and started out as a model for toothpaste ads and posed naked for various men's magazines. She was featured as the "Letters Girl" on The Perry Como Show in 1957, and as the "Billboard Girl" on The Steve Allen Show in 1959. These and other TV appearances led New York photographers and newspaper reporters to award her the "Miss By-line" crown, which she wore on The Ed Sullivan Show. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The performing arts are those forms of art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artists own body, face and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some... Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... Perry Como (born Pierino Ronald Como, May 18, 1912 - May 12, 2001) was an United States crooner during the last half of the 20th century. ... The year 1957 in television involved some significant events. ... Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian and writer instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ... See also: 1958 in television, other events of 1959, 1960 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1959-60 American network television schedule. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ...


Her breakthrough into films

Producer Hal 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. A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Hal B. Wallis (September 14, 1898 – October 5, 1986) was an American motion picture producer. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Career is a 1959 film drama about an actor (Tony Franciosa) bent on breaking into the big time at any cost. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... Anthony Franciosa, born Anthony George Papaleo, Jr. ... Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian American singer, film actor, and comedian. ... Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Lil Abner was a comic strip in United States newspapers, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the town of Dogpatch. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... For other uses, see Secretary (disambiguation). ... Lover Come Back is a 1961 romantic comedy released by Universal Pictures. ... See also: 1960 in film 1961 1962 in film 1960s in film years in film film Events Last Year at Marienbad (Lannée dernière à Marienbad) released Top grossing films North America The Guns of Navarone Exodus The Parent Trap The Absent-Minded Professor The Alamo Swiss Family Robinson... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924)[1] is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ...


The move to television

Douglas made numerous TV appearances, which included a famous episode of The Twilight Zone titled The Eye of the Beholder (1960), considered by some to be the most notable episode of that legendary program. She also appeared on such TV programs as Ozzie and Harriet, Bachelor Father, and Thriller. The Twilight Zone title. ... The Eye of the Beholder (originally titled The Private World Of Darkness) is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. ... See also: 1959 in television, other events of 1960, 1961 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1960-61 American network television schedule. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... The Nelson family The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was an American radio and television series. ... Sitcom starred John Forsythe and debuted in the Fall of 1957 on CBS. The setup of the show was a wealthy attorney and bachelor named Bentley Gregg is living in Beverly Hills and must assume the responsibility of raising his niece, Kelly, whose parents died in an auto accident. ... Thriller was, along with The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, one of the great anthology television series of the 1960s, running from 1960-1962 on NBC-TV. The show featured host Boris Karloff introducing an entertaining mix of macabre horror tales and suspense thrillers. ...


Marriages

Donna Douglas was married twice:

  • Roland Bourgeois (married 19?? - divorced 1954; 1 son)
  • Robert M. Leeds, a director (married late 1970s - divorced)

Stardom on “The Beverly Hillbillies”

The turning point in Douglas’ career came when she was chosen over 500 other actresses to play the role of Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. She starred on the program for all nine seasons, along with Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Nancy Kulp, Raymond Bailey, and Max Baer Jr. The Beverly Hillbillies became one of the longest-running series in television history and was the number one show in America its first two years. The term role in the performing arts is usually taken to mean an actors interpretation of a fictional character written in a script that culminates in a unique performance of that character. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ... Buddy Ebsen (April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003) was an American actor and dancer, who is best-remembered for his role as Jed Clampett in the popular television series The Beverly Hillbillies. ... Irene Ryan (born Irene Noblette) was one of the few entertainers who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television, and Broadway. ... Nancy Kulp (center) in The Beverly Hillbillies, along with costars Max Baer, Jr. ... Raymond Bailey (May 6, 1904 – April 15, 1980) was an American actor. ... Max Baer Jr. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ...


During the 1966 summer hiatus for the show, she made her only starring motion picture, cast as Frankie in Frederick de Cordova's musical comedy Frankie and Johnny (1966) opposite Elvis Presley. The film was popular and is among Presley's most broadcast films on television but curiously did little to open the door for a film career for Douglas. Frederick Fred Timmins de Cordova (October 27, 1910 - September 15, 2001) was a motion picture and television director and producer. ... Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 musical starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat gambler. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor... “Elvis” redirects here. ...


Douglas remained with The Beverly Hillbillies for the entire run of the series. In 1981, she returned for a made-for-TV reunion movie. Having no resentment about being so closely identified with one character, she still makes occasional public appearances in her hillbilly costume of blue jeans with trademark rope belt and a ruffled, pink blouse. The year 1981 in television involved some significant events. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... For other meanings, see typecasting. ... Blue Jeans Jeans are trousers traditionally made from denim, but may also be made from a variety of fabrics including cotton and corduroy. ...


Donna Douglas became a major TV star thanks to the series and was one of the first blonde sex symbols (albeit an extremely wholesome one) to become a television icon, paving the way for Barbara Eden, Farrah Fawcett, Heather Locklear, and Pamela Anderson. Unusually modest for a Hollywood glamour girl, Douglas' post-Hillbillies career was rather lackluster in part because the deeply religious actress refused to act in projects she felt were sexually suggestive or of dubious morality. Among the projects she declined was a stint on the daytime soap Santa Barbara. One of the worlds most famous blondes Marilyn Monroe, who was in fact a natural brunette Blond (feminine, blonde) is a hair colour found in certain mammals characterised by low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin and higher levels of the pale pigment phæomelanin, in common with red... Poster from the movie One Million Years B.C., which made a renowned sex symbol of actress Raquel Welch. ... Barbara Eden (born August 23, 1934 in Tucson, Arizona, USA) is an American film and television actress and singer who is best known for her starring role in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. ... Farrah Fawcett (born February 2, 1947) is an American actress. ... Juliet Faulkner (born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California) is an American actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... Pamela Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967) is a Canadian/American[1] actress, sex symbol, glamour model, producer, TV personality, and author. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Santa Barbara was an American soap opera which ran on NBC for 213 episodes from July 30, 1984 to January 15, 1993. ...


Adding new careers in real estate and singing

Donna Douglas as Grand Marshal of a parade in Tennessee.
Donna Douglas as Grand Marshal of a parade in Tennessee.

She received her real estate license after The Beverly Hillbillies went off the air in order to have something to fall back on. She did not work in that field long, however, as she remained in show business and found other projects. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 504 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (908 × 1080 pixel, file size: 579 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 504 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (908 × 1080 pixel, file size: 579 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ... To licence or grant licence is to give permission. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ...


A devoted Christian, Douglas frequently performs as a gospel singer and speaks at churches across America. She recorded a gospel album in 1982 and later a country and gospel album two-record set in 1989. (A British pop singer in the 1960s also named Donna Douglas recorded a number of recordings including a U.K. hit "Message in a Bottle" and occasionally her discs are mistaken for the Hillbillies star.) She has also written a children's book titled Donna's Critters & Kids: Children's Stories with a Bible Touch, which has Bible stories featuring animals and is combined with a coloring book for ages two to seven. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A modern day speaker addressing an audience through microphones Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. ... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... “UK” redirects here. ... “Childrens books” redirects here. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... A coloring book is a type of book containing line art for a reader to add color to, with crayons, colored pencils, or similar implements. ...


She has remained busy making appearances, speaking for church groups, youth groups, schools and colleges. One key focus of her charitable work has been to appear and speak in support of various Christian children's homes, mostly in her native south. She has also appeared at conventions and trade shows. In 2005 she filmed two pilot episodes for a children's program titled Mirror, Mirror. A Youth organization is a formal organization aimed at children and adolescents for education and socialization. ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... College (Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... A charitable trust is a trust established for charitable purposes. ... Historic Southern United States. ... A fan convention, or con, is an event in which the fans of a particular TV show, comic book, or actor, or an entire style of entertainment such as science fiction or anime, gather together to meet famous personalities (and each other) face-to-face. ... A trade fair (or trade show) is an exhibition organised so that companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their new products and services. ...


Donna Douglas currently lives in Louisiana. This article is about the U.S. State. ...


Filmography

Career is a 1959 film drama about an actor (Tony Franciosa) bent on breaking into the big time at any cost. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... Lil Abner was a comic strip in United States newspapers, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the town of Dogpatch. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... Lover Come Back is a 1961 romantic comedy released by Universal Pictures. ... See also: 1960 in film 1961 1962 in film 1960s in film years in film film Events Last Year at Marienbad (Lannée dernière à Marienbad) released Top grossing films North America The Guns of Navarone Exodus The Parent Trap The Absent-Minded Professor The Alamo Swiss Family Robinson... Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 musical starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat gambler. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor...

Recordings

  • The Beverly Hillbillies (television soundtrack) (1963)
  • Donna Douglas Sings Gospel (1982)
  • Here Come the Critters (1983)
  • Donna Douglas Sings Gospel II (1986)
  • Back on the Mountain (1989)

Selected TV appearances

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References

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Donna Douglas (born September 26, 1933) is an American actress.
Douglas made numerous TV appearances, which included a famous episode of The Twilight Zone titled The Eye of the Beholder (1960), considered by some to be the most notable episode of that legendary program.
Donna Douglas became one of the most popular TV stars of the 1960's and one of the first blonde sex symbols (albeit an extremely wholesome one) to become a television icon, paving the way for Barbara Eden, Farrah Fawcett, Heather Locklear, and Pamela Anderson.
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