Donna Douglas As Elly May Clampett: A Hillbilly Honey in Beverly Hills

By | August 22, 2018

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Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett. Source: IMDB;

American viewers had plenty of bombshells with comedic chops to choose from on 1960s sitcoms -- one of the national favorites was without a doubt Donna Douglas. As Elly May Clampett, a blonde country girl in the suddenly-rich family at the center of The Beverly Hillbillies, Douglas was the object of many a teenage crush -- alongside competition like Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched) and Barbara Feldon (Get Smart). There's a show business saying that comedy isn't pretty -- well, when Donna Douglas' Elly May Clampett was delivering the punchlines, it was.

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Left: Donna Douglas in an early publicity shot. Left: Genuine country girl Douglas fishing from a balcony in an undated photo. Source: eBay

The Beverly Hillbillies was a 1960s television sitcom about an, initially, economically challenged, backwoods family, turned millionaires after striking oil on their property. The irony of the story is that they didn’t know that they were economically challenged; they were happy just the way they were.