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DONNA DOUGLAS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Donna Douglas was born on September 26th, 1933 in Pride, Louisiana with the birth name Dorothy Smith, born to Emmett Ratcliff Smith Sr. and Elma Robinson.  After graduating from St. Gerard High School, she was married briefly to Roland Bourgeois from 1949 through 1954 and had one son before her marriage came to an end. 

Douglas then began entering a number of beauty contests and won the title of Miss Baton Rouge and in 1957, Miss New Orleans.  She then decided to take her son and relocate to New York and hopes of pursuing a career in entertainment.
 
She began with finding work as a model and appearing in a number of television commercials.  Then she began adding small film roles to her resume such as, "Career" (1959) starring Anthony Franciosa, Dean Martin, Carolyn Jones, Robert Middleton, Joan Blackman, Frank McHugh and Shirley MacLaine, "Li'l Abner" (1959) with Howard St. John, Julie Newmar, Stella Stevens, Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye, Valerie Harper, Jerry Lewis, Beth Howland, Billie Hayes and Robert Strauss, "Lover Come Back" (1961) starring with Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack Kruschen, Jack Albertson, Joe Flynn, Jack Oakie, Howard St. John, John Litel and Ann B. Davis and "Frankie and Johnny" (1966) starring alongside Elvis Presley, Anthony Eisley, Sue Ane Langdon, Robert Strauss, Nancy Kovack, Joyce Jameson and Harry Morgan.   

In addition to film she was also appearing on such television series as, "Route 66", "77 Sunset Strip", "The Detectives", "Tightrope", "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" and "Twilight Zone".   

Her most well known role was portraying Elly May Clampett on the television series, "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-1971), a role for which she portrayed for a total of nine seasons along with Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Nancy Kulp, Raymond Bailey and Max Baer Jr. and in 1981 she returned for a made-for-TV reunion movie called "The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies".   

She made numerous TV appearances in the late 1950's and early 1960's, including, "Checkmate", "Hennesey", "U.S. Marshal" aka "Sheriff of Cochise", "Mister Ed", "Whirlybirds", "The Jack Benny Program", "Lock Up", "Love, American Style", "Dr. Kildare", "Surfside 6" and "Adam-12".

Her second husband was Robert M. Leeds, the director of, "The Beverly Hillbillies", whom she married in 1971 however again this marriage was short lived and came to an end in 1980.

Along with her career as an actress, Donna Douglas also had a decent career as a gospel singer and has released several albums.  She also had a brief career in Beverly Hills, California working  as a successful real estate agent.  In addition, Douglas has written and published a children's book title, "Donna's Critter & Kids: Children's Stories with a Bible Touch" and in 2011 released her second book, "Miss Donna's Mulberry Acres Farm".  She now resides back in her home state of Louisiana.  


Filmography

2008         Chronicles of Life Starfish 
1989         The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! 
1981         The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies
1978-1979     Project U.F.O.
1974         McMillan & Wife
1973         Adam-12 
1970-1973     Love, American Style 
1972         Rod Serling's Night Gallery 
1962-1971     The Beverly Hillbillies 
1966         Frankie and Johnny
1964         The Defenders 
1962         Sam Benedict 
1960-1962     Twilight Zone 
1961-1962     Mister Ed
1962         The Jack Benny Program 
1961         Lover Come Back
1961         Dr. Kildare
1961         Pete and Gladys 
1961         Surfside 6 
1961         Cain's Hundred
1960-1961     The Aquanauts
1961         Hennesey
1961         77 Sunset Strip 
1961         Checkmate 
1961         Michael Shayne 
1961         Thriller 
1960         Route 66
1960         The Detectives
1960         Lock Up
1960         Bells Are Ringing
1960         Whirlybirds 
1959-1960     The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 
1959         Bachelor Father 
1959         Li'l Abner
1959         U.S. Marshal aka Sheriff of Cochise
1959         Career
1959         Tightrope  





Matinee Classics - The Beverly Hillbillies starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Raymond Bailey, Nancy Kulp, and Max Baer Jr.


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