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'Beverly Hillbillies' Star Donna Douglas Dies at 82

(SNN) – Donna Douglas, the actress that became the heart throb for every teenage boy in the 1960's, has died at he age of 82. A Hollywood actress and comedienne, she was best known for her role as Elly May Clampett in “The Beverly Hillbillies”, which aired on television between 1962–1971. The show entered syndication, and has never left the airways.

Douglas drew a loyal fan-base all her life, and she was always generous with her time with fans.

Beverly Hillbillies Season 1 Episode 11 - Elly Races Jethrine

Douglas' death leaves only one member of the show's original cast still alive; her onscreen cousin Jethro Bodine, who was played by Max Baer Jr.. Baer is currently 77 years old.

According to Baer, Douglas was Elly May until the day she died, alway wearing the same pink or blue tops that were a signature for the TV show. She was always seen wearing her trademark pig-tails for autograph signings.

Known to be a devoted Christian, Douglas frequently performed as a gospel singer and spoke at churches across America. In 1982, she released her first of several gospel albums, and wrote a children's book titled "Donna's Critters & Kids: Children's Stories with a Bible Touch".

Although during her latter years she served as a Christian, nobody can forget her role as Elly May, the sexy but innocent tomboy blond bombshell who never seemed to be aware of her effect on men.

Donna Douglas fought pancreatic cancer for the last months of her life.

Image: cropped: “Donna Douglas” Some Rights Reserved Christopher Hollis for Wdwic Pictures - Own work for Wdwic Pictures. CC BY-SA 3.0. The original image can be found here.

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