Donna Douglas, who is best known for playing Ellie May Clampett on the hit 1960s TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, passed away yesterday at the age of 81. The actress passed at her Louisiana home on Thursday, with friends and family members at her side, which was confirmed by her granddaughter to TMZ. The actress appeared in all nine seasons of The Beverly Hillbillies, including a 1981 reunion TV movie.
The actress was born on September 26, 1933 in Pride, Louisiana, growing up in the Baton Rogue area. She got married and had a son shortly after high school, while also winning local beauty pageants before divorcing her husband just a few years later. She moved to New York and appeared in a number of guest starring spots in TV shows such as The Twilight Zone, where she appeared in one of the show's most memorable episodes, Season 2's "The Eye of the Beholder". A few years after that episode aired, she won the role of Ellie May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran for nine seasons between 1962 and 1971.
After her run on The Beverly Hillbillies, Donna Douglas appeared in episodes of Love, American Style, Adam-12 and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where she reprised her role as Ellie May. Her last acting credit was in the 2013 feature Chronicles of Life Trials. She is survived by her son, Danny P. Bourgeois.