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 


Jed Clampett's beautiful daughter....



The backwoods bombshell 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" successfully ran
for nine seasons on CBS. 
(1962-1971) 


“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 
(1928-2013) 


played 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 beau of Elly
was her next door neighbor 
Sonny Drysdale,
(Louis Nye) 
the insufferable stepson of banker 
Milton Drysdale.
(Raymond Bailey) 

Elly eventually grew tired of
this overgrown spoiled brat
and dumped him!

We have to wonder if Elly followed 
her Granny's advice for spoonin'
and dabbed a little
vanilla extract behind her ears! 



Granny's Saturday Night Scrubdown


However...
before she played sweet Elly, 
Donna faced the grim reality
of her plastic surgeon's
failed attempt 
to make her
appearance "more normal" 


in the nightmarish, "Eye Of The Beholder"
an episode of the classic anthology series,
"The Twilight Zone" 
(1960)


Later on, Donna played the love interest of the King..
of Rock 'n' Roll, that it!


Despite their onscreen romance,
off the set, Elvis and Donna 
maintained a platonic relationship.
Elvis had great regard for his
Christian lady friend and the two 
remained close until his untimely
death in 1977.



Some Elly May Memorabilia...



The "Calico Lassie Elly May Clampett Doll"
was a premium offered by the show's weekly sponsor,
Kellogg's Corn Flakes in 1964





Elly May Clampett Paper Doll





Mattell's Classic TV Collection
"Elly May Clampett" Doll




In 2011, Donna sued Mattell
for "engaging in the unauthorized use
of (her) name, likeness, image and attributes" 
as Elly May. 

Donna claims she never gave Mattell,
nor CBS Consumer Products,
her permission or endorsement
of the doll.

The defendants countered
that they did not need her
consent or approval. 
Details of the settlement
of the case were confidential.

Gee, I wonder where I was hiding out
when all this hoopla over Mattell's
Elly May Doll was going on?
Anyway, I think I can see this situation
from Donna's point of view.
Despite her iconic image as sweet-as-apple pie

American television character,
Elly May Clampett, Donna was a real person
with a right to her privacy. I believe the outcome 
of the situation might have been entirely different had
Mattell and CBS Consumer Products 
approached Donna first, and asked for
her approval of the doll.
She might have still said "No!"
but, she might have said "Yes!" 
Anyway, it never hurts to ask!


“Homemade dishes are almost unheard of today.
They’re all premade 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
(2012)


In her down home cookbook, Donna
featuring recipes from friends, like
Buddy Ebsen's "Chiffon Eggs" 
Phyllis Diller's "Tomato Ding Ding";
Loretta Lynn's "Country Fried Cabbage",
Pat Boone's "Blonde Brownies",
contributions from Max Baer Jr., 
and much more!


"Life 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.

Refrain

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
1912

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