Playing a voluptuous bumpkin in the CBS hit TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, which first aired on September 26, 1962 and ran for nine seasons, Donna Douglas has died of pancreatic cancer near her hometown of Zachary, LA.
In a sad irony, Douglas, who starred alongside Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie “Frankie and Johnny” may have attended the anniversary of the iconic singer’s birthday on January 8th had she lived long enough.
Douglas was a very private person according to her co-star Max Baer. He learned of her passing from a friend who gave him a message from her: “Tell Maxie I thought I was going to get better.”
Baer told Rumor Fix in an exclusive interview, “She was ‘Elly May’ until the day she died. When I saw her for autograph signings or other gatherings she always dressed the same with pink or blue and, of course, those signature pigtails.”
Still embracing the character of “Jethro Bodine”, Baer noted with a sad tone in his voice, “I’m the last man standing. All the actors, producers—everybody on the show is gone.”
The New York Times has an in-depth obit on the actress.
When Miss Douglas gave her autograph, she included the Bible verse Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”