Friday, January 2, 2015

Goodbye Elly May

“Elly was a slice out of my life. And of course,
The Beverly Hillbillies was a story about the American Dream.
No matter who tried to slicker us or take advantage of us,
we always came out on top."
-Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas

 She was Jed Clampett's beautiful daughter....the backwoods
 bombshell from Bug Tussle... who moved to Beverly...Hills, that is...

Donna with co-stars Irene Ryan (Granny)
Buddy Ebsen (Jed) Max Baer Jr. (Jethro)
and of course, faithful Clampett canine, Duke.
"The Beverly Hillbillies" kept audiences laughing
with their folksy humor for nine seasons on CBS.

“Elly may not have kissed many fellows during the show’s run,
but she sure did kiss a heap of animals." 
-Donna Douglas

The Original Animal Whisperer
Elly May and her adorable critters!

"Swimmin' pools...Movie Stars....

Hollywood Heartthrob Meets The
Damsel From Dixie

 Actor Larry Pennell played  handsome movie star Dash Riprock,
who regularly came a'courtin  the comely country gal.
Elly and Dash were often found lounging around the
Clampett's "cement pond".

Another one of Elly Mae's "suitors" was her snobbish
 next-door neighbor Sonny Drysdale (played by Louis Nye)
 the insufferable stepson of banker Milton Drysdale (Raymond Bailey).
Elly soon grew tired of this overgrown spoiled brat and dumped him!

However... a few years before she played nature-loving tomboy
Elly, Donna was a young woman facing the terrible reality
of her plastic surgeon's failed attempt to make her appearance
"more normal" in the nightmarish story, "Eye of the Beholder"
an episode of the classic anthology series,
"The Twilight Zone"

In 1966, Donna teamed up with the King of Rock and Roll
Elvis Presley in the movie, "Frankie and Johnny" 
Despite their onscreen romance, off the set, Elvis
and Donna were just friends.  Elvis had high regard
for Donna's strong Christian faith and the two remained
close friends until his untimely death in 1977.

Donna and Elvis

Doll Collector's Corner

The "Calico Lassie Elly May Clampett Doll"
was a premium offered by the Beverly Hillbillies
weekly sponsor, Kellogg's Corn Flakes.

"Calico Lassie Elly May Clampett"

Ellie May Paper Doll Set

Elly May Doll Controversy...

Mattell's Classic TV Collection
Elly May Clampett Doll

In 2011, Donna Douglas sued toy company Mattell for

"engaging in the unauthorized use of her name, likeness,
image, and attributes as Elly May."

Donna claims that she never gave the company, nor

CBS Consumer Products her permission or endorsement of the doll.
Meanwhile, the defendants contended that they did not need her
consent nor approval in creating the doll.  Details of the
court settlement are not available.

Anyway, I think I can see this thorny situation from
Donna's point of view.  Despite her iconic image as
the sweet-as-apple pie character Elly May Clampett,
Donna was a real person with a right to her privacy.
Perhaps the outcome of this situation would have been
 entirely different had Mattell and CBS Consumer Products
approached Donna first and sought her approval for the doll.
She still might have refused their offer, but, then again,
she might have given her consent.
After all,  it never hurts to ask!

"Homemade dishes are almost unheard of today.

They're all pre-made in a box or from a drive-thru.
That's today's way.  But there was something about 
the way your mom made dishes with a special touch-
with a bit of this and a pinch of that."
-Donna Douglas 

"Southern Favorites With A Taste Of Hollywood"
By Donna Douglas

In her home style cookbook, Donna features contributions

from other celebrities and entertainers, recipes like
Buddy Ebsen's "Chiffon Eggs"; Phyllis Diller's "Tomato Ding Ding"
Loretta Lynn's "Country Fried Cabbage", Pat Boone's "Blonde Brownies,
plus recipes from her onscreen hillybilly cousin Jethro Bodine 
(Max Baer) and much more!

"Life's has been very good to me, and full of blessings

for a little backwoods girl from Louisiana who
never had any thoughts of a career in showbiz."
-Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas
Born Doris Smith
September 26, 1933 – January 1, 2015
Rejoicing At Home With The Lord

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.


He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

"In The Garden"

Lyrics By

C. Austin Miles

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