Donna Douglas was an American actress and singer best known for her role as Elly May Clampett on the popular television sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," which aired from 1962 to 1971. Born on September 26, 1932, in Louisiana, Douglas began her career as a model and beauty pageant contestant before moving into acting.
In addition to her role on "The Beverly Hillbillies," Douglas appeared in several other television shows and films, including "The Twilight Zone," "Route 66," and "Frankie and Johnny," in which she starred opposite Elvis Presley. She also released several gospel albums and wrote a children's book called "Donna's Critters & Kids: Children's Stories with a Bible Touch."
After her acting career, Douglas became a born-again Christian and spent much of her time devoted to religious causes. She also started a ministry called "Donna's Dream House" that provided housing for terminally ill children and their families.
Donna Douglas passed away on January 1, 2015, at the age of 82. Despite her many accomplishments, she will always be remembered as the lovable Elly May Clampett, who captured the hearts of viewers with her down-home charm and love for her family.