Donna Douglas Wanted To Star In ‘Something Wholesome’

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 at 2:28 pm
Exclusive donna-douglas-hallmark Donna Douglas' longtime agent Jackie Stander tells RumorFix exclusively, "She was Elly May -- just an older version and as sweet as can be." The 81-year-old actress, who played the sexy but naive daughter of Jed Clampett on all nine seasons of The Beverly Hillbillies, died on New Year's Day. "I am deeply saddened," Jackie tells us. "Last time Donna and I spoke she was fine and just as spry and of God as she usually is." Her co-star Max Baer Jr. tells RumorFix that the Louisiana-born star got pancreatic cancer four months ago and she lost her battle on January 1, 2015.

Donna Douglas -- Hallmark Inspired Her

Both Max and Jackie say she was very much like the character she played on TV. "I always got a kick talking with her she was Elly May just an older version," Jackie says. Although she was in her 80s, Donna didn't want to slow down -- she still worked on films and TV. "I had pitched her to Hallmark --  that was something she wanted to do in the TV and film choices -- something wholesome. " After The Beverly Hillbillies. she sang gospel music and wrote a children's book, Donna's Critters & Kids: Children's Stories with a Bible Touch, which had Bible stories featuring animals. "She spent most of her time speaking to churches and other personal appearances and just spreading joy and love," Jackie says. "She was a country angel. I know she is closer to God now and at peace."