Donna Douglas Dies: Elly May Clampett Actress in ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Dead at 81 (Photos)

January 2, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Donna Douglas, a longtime actress best known for her role as Elly May Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies, has died.

She was 81, according to NBC-12. Douglas passed away in her Pride, Louisiana, home.

The report said family members confirmed her death.


In 2011, Douglas sued toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., claiming the company used her name and likeness for a Barbie doll without authorization. The suit was settled.

She was born in 1933, in Pride, LA and lived in Zachary, LA.

Douglas attended St. Gerard High School, a Roman Catholic school, where she played softball and basketball. She was a member of the school’s first graduating class.

She was a “Miss Baton Rouge” and was named “Miss New Orleans” in 1957. 

Her character was the only daughter of Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Per TMZ:

Donna starred on “The Beverly Hillbillies” for all nine seasons and even returned for the 1981 reunion TV movie.

Douglas also appeared in several other iconic TV series, including “Mister Ed,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” “Adam 12,” and “Route 66.”

She also co-starred with Elvis Presley in “Frankie and Johnny.”