Beverly Hillbillies Elly May AKA Donna Douglas Dies

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 at 10:43 am
True Beverly Hillbillies Elly May dies Donna Douglas, the actress who will be forever remembered as the lovable Elly May Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies, died Thursday, RumorFix has confirmed with her co-star Max Baer. "She had pancreatic cancer for the last four months," Max tells RumorFix exclusively. "She told friends, 'Tell Maxie I thought I was going to get better.'" She was 81. The actress, who gained fame in the '60s playing the sexy yet naive daughter of Jed Clampett, spent her later years dedicated to working with charities and Christian groups. In fact, it was Shelly Brown from the gospel group The Browns who first reported the sad news: "We lost a dear family friend today...The world knew her as Ellie Mae Clampet... A Beverly Hillbilly...But we knew her as our precious Donna who never met a stranger, had style and grace, had a kind heart, always wore pretty pink, and loved people! I'm thankful for the time we got to spend with her and all the wisdom and lessons that the kids learned from her! I will forever hear her whistle and "y'all come back now, hear"!!! See you on the other side, my friend!!!" After the Beverly Hillbillies ended, Donna remained close with her TV father Buddy Ebsen. In 1981, she Ebsen and Max Baer, who played Jethro, reunited for a TV movie Return of the Beverly Hillbillies. Twelve years later, all three of them starred in a CBS TV special, The Legend of The Beverly Hillbillies. Unlike some actors. Donna Douglas always embraced her iconic character telling the Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict website,  "Elly May was like a slice out of my life. She is a wonderful little door opener for me because people love her, and they love the Hillbillies. Even to this day it's shown every day somewhere. But, as with any abilities, she may open a door for you, but you have to have substance or integrity to advance you through that door." She added, “The two things I am most asked is if I still love critters and can I still whistle like Elly May. The answer is yes to both.”