Donna Douglas, who playe Elly May on The Beverly Hillbilles, has passed away. Douglas was 81. Douglas also appeared in an Elvis movie Frankie and Johnny” and had a starring role in The Twilight Zone episode “Eye Of The Beholder.”
In case you forgot the words to The Beverly Hillbillies “theme song,” here goes:
Come and listen to my story
‘Bout a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer,
Barely kept his family fed.
And then one day
He was shootin’ at some food,
And up through the ground came a-bubblin’ crude.
Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.
Well the first thing you know
Ol’ Jed’s a millionaire,
Kinfolk said “Jed move away from there”.
Said “California’s the place you outta be”.
So they loaded up the truck
And they moved to Beverly.
Hills that is, Swimming pools, movie stars.
Well now it’s time to say
Goodby to Jed and all his kin,
They would like to thank
You folks for kindly droppin’ in.
You’re all invited back again to this locality
To have a heapin’ helpin’ of their hospitality.
Hillbilly that is, sit a spell, take your shoes off.
Y’all come back now, y’hear?
The Beverly Hillbillies was number one in the ratings for it’s first two years and also starred Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan and Max Baer Jr.
Douglas also performed as a gospel singer and wrote a book, Miss Donna’s Mulberry Acres Farm, which was published in 2011. In the same year, Douglas sued Mattel, claiming that the toy manufacturer used her name and likeness for a Barbie doll without her approval. The suit reportedly was settled.