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. 

“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 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

 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" 

 Then later on...
she met 
the King of Rock n' Roll!

Donna played opposite
  Elvis Presley in the movie,
"Frankie and Johnny"


Despite their
 onscreen romance,
Elvis and Donna
 were just good friends
 off the set. 
They remained close 
until Elvis' death
 in 1977.

  Some Elly May



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

Elly May Paper Doll


...Was not
 without some controversy...

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.

Thoughts from

 an avid doll collector...

Gee, I wonder where
I was hiding out
when all this hoopla 
over Mattell's Elly May Doll
 was going on?

I can see this
 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!" 
It never hurts to ask!


 In The Kitchen With Donna....

Down South Home Cookin'
With Sides

“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

 In 2012,
 Donna published the cookbook,
"Southern Favorites With A Taste Of Hollywood"
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.

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.


Lyrics By
C. Austin Miles

"In The Garden"
Elvis Presley

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