|Above, Donna Douglas and Elvis Presley in Frankie and Johnny (1966).|
We've lost a television icon of our youth yesterday.
According to Japan Today:
NEW YORK —Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has died.
Her niece said Douglas died Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near her hometown of Zachary. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, Charlene Smith said. Douglas was 82.
She was best known for her role in “The Beverly Hillbillies,” the CBS comedy about a backwoods Ozark family who moved to Beverly Hills after striking it rich from oil discovered on their land.
The series, which ran from 1962 to 1971, also starred the late Buddy Ebsen and Irene Ryan as well as Max Baer Jr, who turns 77 on Sunday.The passing of Donna Douglas is a reminder that we are fortunate, as fans of the Adventures of Superman, we still have Phyllis Coates, Noel Neill and Jack Larson with us.
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UPDATE: Douglas was actually 81 when she died.