Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CTVPS salutes the one & only LUCILLE BALL

The Classic TV Preservation Society and Barnes & Noble present…
The “Lucy” Show - Thursday, November 19th – from 7 to 9 PM
A special “Throwback Thursday” night – hosted by Herbie J Pilato

With special guests:  Thomas Watson and Michael Stern

731 N. San Fernando Blvd.  Burbank, CA  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Seinfeld" writer Lawrence H. Levy - this week on "Throwback Thursdays" at the Burbank B&N

This Thursday night:  November 12th - from 7 to 9 PM:

Lawrence H. Levy is the special guest for "Throwback Thursday" at the Burbank Barnes and Noble.

Mr. Levy will discuss his vast TV writing career (including Seinfeld!), and also discuss and sign copies of his new mystery novel, Second Street Nation.

Details below!  Come join us!

Burbank Barnes & Noble (across from IKEA)
731 N. San Fernando Road
Burbank, CA
(818) 558-1383

Lawrence H. Levy is a two-time Emmy nominee and a WGA Award winner for SEINFELD.  His credits include SEINFELD, ROSEANNE, FAMILY TIES, SAVED BY THE BELL… and the list goes on.  Mr. Levy has also written for hour shows like SEVENTH HEAVEN, SAVANNAH, TRAPPER JOHN, and many more.  He has run animation shows and has sold features to Columbia and Disney. Needless to say, he has had a very eclectic career and has just started on a new chapter. His first novel, SECOND STREET STATION, was published by Random House/Broadway Books this year. It is an historical fictional mystery based on a real story about a young woman, Mary Handley. During the late 1800’s when there were no policewomen, she was asked by the Brooklyn Police Department to help sleuth a high profile murder. During her investigation, she comes upon Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, J.P. Morgan, the inventor of Coca-Cola, etc, all of whom are suspects and about whom certain interesting, little known facts are revealed. His second book in the Mary Handley series, BROOKLYN ON FIRE, will be out on January 19th

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

This week: "A Royal Night of Classic TV Writing Kings"

This Throwback Thursday:

Sam Bobrick

Ed Scharlach

Arnie Kogen

Each writer legends of classic television.

At the Burbank Barnes & Noble

731 N. San Fernando Blvd.

7 to 9 PM.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

"Throwback Thursday" Updates for the Burbank Barnes & Noble!

Thanks so much to Ron Dante and his astounding live performance of "Sugar, Sugar" last week at the Burbank Barnes & Noble!

Next week:  DAWN WELLS, "Mary Ann" from "Gilligan's Island" will sign and discuss copies of her new book, WHAT WOULD MARY ANN DO?: A GUIDE TO LIFE!

And remember to save this date:  Thursday, December 3rd for "A VERY MERRY CLASSIC TV HOLIDAY EVENT" - hosted by Herbie J Pilato and CARYN RICHMAN (star of "The New Gidget" and "The Bradys")

Friday, September 18, 2015

"Happy Days" star ANSON WILLIAMS @ Burbank Barnes & Noble, 9/24:

Iconic TV actor/director Anson Williams, best known as “Potsie” from the legendary hit, “Happy Days,” will appear at the Burbank Barnes & Noble , September 24th, to sign and discuss copies of his new book, SINGING TO A BULLDOG: FROM “HAPPY DAYS” TO HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR, AND THE UNLIKELY MENTOR WHO GOT ME THERE.
Festivities begin at 7:00 PM.
Contact:  Herbie J Pilato, Founder of the Classic TV Preservation Society, for more information.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

GLORIA LORING appears at the Burbank Barnes & Noble Media Center - September 17th

“Innovative and rewarding.”  That’s how legendary actor Peter Mark Richman describes Throwback Thursdays at the Burbank Barnes & Noble.  Ed Spielman, creator of Kung Fu, adds, “It was an honor to participate.”  Writer/producer Joel Eisenberg calls the festivities, “Historically important.”  Actress Cindy Williams heralds, “It’s a fun ride down memory lane,” while Lydia Cornell calls the unique live events “heart-warming and life-changing.”
This week’s special guest actress/singer-songwriter GLORIA LORING, the star of TV’s Days of Our Lives (among countless other shows) who will discuss and sign copies of her top-selling book, COINCIDENCE IS GOD’S WAY OF REMAINING ANONYMOUS. The Classic TV icon (who composed the themes for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life) will also perform.
Throwback Thursdays – with Herbie J Pilato…where the past and present TV, film, & publishing, and positive-thought communities mix, mingle & meet - every week from 7-9 PM @ the Burbank Barnes & Noble.

Come share the experience and be inspired!

Barnes and Noble Media Center
731 N. San Fernando Blvd.   *   Burbank, CA  91502
(818) 558-1383

The Classic TV Preservation Society:  (310) 480-0067   *   classictvps@gmaill.com 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Second Season premiere of "Throwback Thursdays" at the Burbank Barnes & Noble.

The second season premiere of "Throwback Thursdays" at the Burbank Barnes & Noble was a huge success.

Those featured guests included:

* Acclaimed author Richard A. Lertzman, who discussed his astounding books, Dr. Feelgood and The Life & Times of Mickey Rooney

*  The one and only Marvin Kaplan, popular actor and writer of the stage and screen.

*   Beloved actress Eileen Wesson

*   Hollywood luminaries Karen Sharpe Kramer and Katharine Kramer.

See photos to the right for more!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Happy Birthday to Lydia Cornell @ the Burbank Barnes & Noble, July 23, 2015

Iconic actress Lydia Cornell, star of the screen and stage, shared her humor, wit, grace and wisdom on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Burbank Barnes & Noble Media Center.

It was an evening of wonderful insight, laughter, and warm memories and thoughts.

Those attending, included actor Larry Thomas ("The Soup Nazi" from "Seinfeld"), and a countless number of Lydia's fans.

A delightful night to remember to say the least!

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Kung Fu" creator Ed Spielman was special guest for "Throwback Thursday"

It was a delightful time for all who attended the "Throwback Thursday" event at the Burbank Barnes & Noble on July 16th.

Hosted by the CTVPS' very own Herbie J Pilato, special guests included iconic actor Larry Wilcox, star of TV's "CHiPs," and writer/producer Ed Spielman, the creator of the legendary TV series, "Kung Fu."

Thank you one and all for attending!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cindy Williams and Larry Matthews appeared at the "Throwback Thursday" event at Barnes & Noble in Burbank

Cindy Williams ("Laverne & Shirley") and Larry Matthews ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") made special guest appearances at the Barnes & Noble "Throwback Thursday" event on July 9th.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Remembering Farrah

Six years ago today the lovely Farrah Fawcett died tragically at at only 62-years-of age.

Following a dynamic and early career in modeling, and TV commercials, Farrah started appearing in small guest-star roles on classic TV shows like I Dream of Jeannie and The Partridge Family.

Upon being cast alongside Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith in the hit TV series, Charlie's Angels, Farrah became a superstar sensation.

While married to Lee Majors and later Ryan O'Neal, the two true loves of her life, Farrah also appeared as a semi-regular on TV's Harry O detective series, starring David Janssen, and made several appearances on Major's Six Million Dollar Man.

Upon leaving Angels after its first season, Farrah went on to establish herself as a serious actress.  A four-time Emmy-nominee, and six-time Golden Globe nominee, she appeared in acclaimed TV-movies such as The Burning Bed, and in the Broadway and feature film adaptation of Extremities.

Bless you always, Farrah.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The "Shirley, I Jest" Cindy Williams Book Signing at Larry Edmunds Book Shop in Hollywood

On Tuesday night, June 16th, Larry Edmunds Books Shop was transformed into a classic TV theatre, as iconic actress Cindy Williams, star of her beloved sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley," made a special appearance to sign copies of her new book, SHIRLEY, I JEST: A STORIED LIFE" (Taylor Trade Pub lishing, 2015).

It was a wonderful evening of laughter, memories, superstar charisma and down-to-earth sweetness, as Ms. Williams chatted with the audience for a Q&A, following the screening of a legendary episode of "Laverne & Shirley,"

See all the great pics (to the left) for more, and see the link below for video of the entire event.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mary Tyler Moore: Three Names for Unlimitted Talent

Growing up in the 1960’ and 70’s, there were two kinds of people:  Those who loved watching Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS, 1961-1966), and those who loved watching Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS, 1970-1977, and which was officially titled just Mary Tyler Moore).

Moore’s married Mrs. Petrie and single Ms. Richards were and remain monumental and groundbreaking television characters of their respective eras.

In real life, Moore has seen her share of personal struggles.  She has battled Type 1 diabetes, admitted to excessive plastic surgery, and has married three times.  Her first husband was Richard Carlton Meeker (1955-1961), with whom she had a son named Richie, who committed suicide.  She partnered with second spouse, Grant Tinker (1962-1981), and together they incorporated MTM Enterprises, a powerhouse TV production company responsible for a slate of hits in the 70’s and 80’s (including The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, and other successes including Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant, all three spun-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show).  But after their two-time failure to resurrect the variety show format in her favor (with a CBS skit comedy show in 1978 simply titled Mary, which was revised in 1979 as The Mary Tyler Moore Hour), their marriage crumbled.

Fortunately, she’s been more happily married to her present partner, Dr. Robert Levine, since 1983.

In the fictional world, more specifically on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the multi-award-winning Moore was spouse to Van Dyke’s amiable Rob Petrie, and became one of television’s first single-minded wedded women.  She loved and respected her husband, who was a TV writer for the fictional Alan Brady Show (starring Van Dyke Show creator Carl Reiner), and she adored their TV son Richie (coincidentally named after Moore’s real life son, and played with earnest innocence by Larry Matthews).  But she was different from the traditional small-screen wife and mother of the day.  As Laura, Moore donned stylish Capri pants, and retained an independent spirit.  She and Van Dyke’s equally-impeccably-dressed Rob Petrie were the intelligent, stylish couple of the then-modern age, presented in the mold of John F. and Jackie Kennedy.

On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore performed opposite a cavalcade of charismatic stars which later starred in the aforementioned spin-off shows of their own: Valerie Harper played Richard’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern, and Cloris Leachman was Phyllis Lindstrom, Mary and Rhoda’s landlord.  At work, Richards was the associate producer at the fictional WJM-TV channel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her co-workers included writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin Macleod, later of The Love Boat), Ted Baxter (Ted Knight, future lead of Too Close for Comfort), Betty White (The Golden Girls), and Ed Asner, who played Mary’s boss, Lou Grant (another spin-off character, this time leading an historic one-hour drama series of the same name, the first of its kind to spawn from a half-hour sitcom).

On The Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore was the lead female character (the second was Rose Marie’s Sally Rogers who, along with Morey Amsterdam’s Buddy Sorrell, worked as co-writers with Rob for The Alan Brady Show).  On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore was top banana.

In either case, Moore’s pleasant, All-American sweetheart persona shined through.  Every red-blooded American straight male wanted to marry Laura Petrie and/or wanted to date Mary Richards.  Laura was the ideal wife and mother model for every female home engineer.  Mary Richards picked up where Marlo Thomas’ Ann Marie left off on That Girl (ABC, 1966-1971), when it came to being the fictional visual voice in the Women’s Liberation Movement.  Wives and moms of the 1960s aspired to be like Laura Petrie, and single women were empowered in the work force because of Mary Richards.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey has touted for years the media-based premise of The Mary Tyler Moore Show as the main inspiration for her initially pursuing journalism as a career.

For the mainstream viewer, both Laura Petrie and Mary Richards were and again - remain - appealing to the eye, heart and mind.  The Laura/Mary persona was kind as all-get-out, and witty and bright in all the right places and at all the right times, but she was never intimidating, rude or off-putting.  Both were consoling, yet daring; charismatic, yet approachable. Moore played Laura and Mary as welcoming without being a doormat.  The actress somehow single-handedly created a dual tour de force of relatively opposite yet very similar characters.

Before and after she portrayed Laura Petrie and Mary Richards, Moore delivered a delightfully versatile dance of characters, roles and parts for the big screen as well as small.  Just prior to playing Laura, Moore portrayed David Jansen’s alluring, yet facially unseen secretary with the attractive legs on Richard Diamond, Private Eye (CBS/NBC, 1957-1961), and she was the “Happy Hotpoint” girl in a series of TV commercials.  Following her five-year run on the Van Dyke series, Moore dabbled on Broadway with stage productions like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in 1966,  and made several motion pictures, including Thoroughly Modern Millie (with Julie Andrews in 1967) and Change of Habit (with Elvis Presley in 1969).  She reunited with Van Dyke in 1969 for a CBS TV variety special titled Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman, which convinced the network’s executives that she deserved to lead a sitcom of her own.  Following her seven-year-stint on now legendary self-titled sitcom, Moore returned to the live stage in 1980 with the drama revival of “Whose Life Is It, Anyway.”   That same year, she delivered an Oscar-nominated, heart-wrenching dramatic performance as Beth Jarrett, the grief-stricken mother in Ordinary People (directed by her idol Robert Redford), and in other motion pictures such as Six Weeks (1982, co-starring Dudley Moore).
Throughout the 1980’s and mid-1990’s Moore once more returned to television and CBS with two different one-hour variety programs (the aforementioned Mary, 1978; The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, 1979), two additional half-hour comedies (one also called Mary, 1985-1986, the other Annie McGuire, 1988-1989), and New York News (1995), a one-hour drama in which she seemed to be portray a character that echoed and combined Mary Richards and Lou Grant with-a-rigid-twist (and flaming red hair!).

Into the mix, Moore has appeared in a long list of highly-rated and critically-acclaimed TV-movies and mini-series such as Run A Crooked Mile (1969), First, You Cry (1978), Heartsounds (1984), Just Between Friends (1986), Lincoln (1988), Blessings (2003), and Pay-Back (1997), the latter in which she re-performed with two of her former sitcom co-stars Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Dennis Arndt (Annie McGuire).
In 2000, the actress reunited with her former Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star, Valerie Harper, for a TV-movie and back door pilot (which did not go to series) called Mary & Rhoda, in which both actresses resurrected their most famous television roles.

In 2002, she reunited with the entire cast of iconic sitcom for a CBS special documentary called The Mary Tyler Moore Show Reunion., and the cast did the same with a surprise visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008.

In 2003, Moore reunited once more with Van Dyke for the PBS special based on the play,  “The Gin Game,” and in yet again in 2004, this time reprising her Laura Petrie part for the CBS/TV Land special, The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, and once more with Van Dyke on The Rachel Ray Show in 2011.

In 2012, Van Dyke presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the televised Screen Actors Awards Show

In 2013, Moore further reconnected with Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engel, the entire female cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, for a group guest spot on White’s hot TV Land hit, Hot in Cleveland.

According to a recent cover story on Moore published in Closer Weekly Magazine, her close friends Valerie Harper and Betty White said she has almost completely lost her sight due to what Harper called “the ravages of diabetes.”  In general, Moore has not made public appearances for the past three years, not even in advocacy against diabetes, and her presence has been sorely missed.  As Closer Weekly reported, one mother of a child with diabetes said n Facebook, “We need a cure for Type 1 diabetes.  When someone who has advocated for those battling and living with this disease, someone who is well known and successful, isn’t immune to devastating effects, then you know a cure needs to be found.  Best wishes to Mary for her health.”

Overall, whether she is best known as Laura Petrie or Mary Richards, or any of her other countless stage, film or television characters of interest, Moore is never less.  Despite of her numerous personal and health struggles, the adored and adorable actress continues to face her life and career celebrations and challenges with candor, courage, and class, all of which will forever define Mary Tyler Moore as an original. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

In Memory of Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery

Elizabeth Montgomery is best known for playing Samantha Stephens, the good witch-with-a-twitch, on television’s classic sitcom, Bewitched, which originally aired on ABC from 1964 to 1972 – and for which she received eight Emmy nominations (among other accolades).  A staple in syndication ever since (and available on DVD), the show marks its 50thAnniversary this TV season, while May 18th commemorates the 20th Anniversary of Montgomery’s demise (from colon cancer).
As Samantha, Montgomery delivered a down-to-earth sincerity and, in the process, made an earnest connection with the home viewer.  But her most famous role was by-far not her first – nor certainly her last.
Born April 15, 1933 to heralded film and TV actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen, the daughter Montgomery made over 200 appearances on stage and screen before Bewitched.  Her television career ignited on December 3, 1951 in the “Top Secret” episode of her father’s anthology series, Robert Montgomery Presents, in which she played none other than her father’s daughter.  On October 13, 1953, she made her Broadway debut in “Late Love,” for which she received the Daniel Blum Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer.  She went on to appear in movies like The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed? and Johnny Cool (both released in 1963, the latter of which was directed by future Bewitched director/producer William Asher, her third husband.  (Her first was New York high-roller Fred Cammann, her second and fourth: actors Gig Young and Robert Foxworth.)
But it was on the small screen where Montgomery assuredly made her undeniable mark with shows like The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, and 77 Sunset Strip, the latter of which holds particular significance in the scope of her career and in TV history.
In the Twilight episode, “Two” (debuting on CBS, September 15, 1961), she and future film star Charles Bronson were the only cast members playing the last two surviving soldiers from opposite sides who meet five years after an apocalyptic world war.  There was only one word of dialogue in the episode, and Montgomery spoke it: pryekrasnyy, the Russian word for “pretty.”
On The Untouchables, the beloved actress received her first Emmy-nomination for playing a prostitute in “The Rusty Heller Story” (debuting on ABC January 7, 1960).
In the Sunset segment, “White Lie” (ABC, October 23, 1953), she portrayed Charlotte DeLavalle, the conflicted half-white, half-black granddaughter of a character named Celia Jackson, who was played by the iconic Juanita Moore.
“Lie” featured a monumental premise that Moore had previously explored with her Oscar-nominated performance as Annie Johnson in the ground-breaking 1959 movie, Imitation of Life.  The “White” episode also showcased a substantial and historic theme that Montgomery would revisit on Bewitched - which began rehearsals on November 22, 1963 – the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Bewitched initially aired during the era of race rioting, the Vietnam War, amidst additional cultural and political challenges and assassinations (Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King).
For Montgomery, it was all very personal.  She and then-husband William Asher were good friends with President Kennedy (Asher directed Kennedy’s famous Inaugural event at which Marilyn Monroe sang a breathy “Happy Birthday”), and she felt the central message of Bewitched was prejudice.  “Yes, “she once wistfully intoned.  “That’s what it’s all about.”
In her view, Samantha loved her mortal husband Darrin (double-played by Dick York then Dick Sargent) despite their cultural differences (and the fierce objection of from Samantha’s mother Endora played by Agnes Moorehead), as they focused on what made the same: their common humanity.  “It was really a love story,” Montgomery said.
Bewitched bespoke other noteworthy themes including a strong work ethic, family values and priorities, and female independence.  Montgomery’s Samantha was one of the first liberated women of the television age, before Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie on That Girl (ABC, 1966-1971), and prior to Mary Tyler Moore’s Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS, 1970-1977).  On Bewitched it was Samantha’s choice to live the mortal life.  She could have easily left Darrin in the lurch, but she chose to stay with her “human-half” because she loved him for who he was, and not for what he could buy her or do for her.  Because whatever he could buy or do she could twitch up something better.  In turn, Darrin objected to Samantha’s use of her special powers only because he nobly sought to care for her in what she frequently termed as “the every-day mortal way.”
Beyond Bewitched, Montgomery’s resume proved equally expressive and impressive, if not only for her theatrical abilities as an actress, but for the content of her work – on and off-screen.
In yet another Emmy-nominated performance, Montgomery played a woman who was raped twice in the TV-movie, A Case of Rape, premiering on NBC, February 20, 1974, a film that helped to change the laws of domestic violence and abuse.  She was a political activist throughout her life and career offering her name, time, money and efforts to a number of charitable causes, including UNICEF, the disabled community, and those suffering from AIDS.
As the daughter of wealthy and famous parents, Elizabeth Montgomery could have easily adopted an arrogant celebrity persona.  Instead, she did the exact opposite and, in the process, encouraged and instilled the same approachable demeanor into her three children (with William Asher: Bill, Robert and Rebecca Asher), inspiring her millions of fans along the way.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Please vote for The Classic TV Preservation Society in the Wells Fargo essay contest

Hello Everyone -

Please click on the link below and vote for my essay about The Classic TV Preservation Society in the Wells Fargo grant contest.

Please do also share this request with anyone on your email list, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, or any other social media site. 

Thanks so very much for your support!

Kindest always,

Herbie J Pilato
Founder, The Classic TV Preservation Society


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tribute to Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery

Today would have marked the 82nd birthday of beloved Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery.

Special commemorations about Elizabeth are planned for May 18th, which will mark the 20th Anniversary of her passing - all of this on the heels of this year 50th Anniversary of Bewitched's television debut.

The immortal memory of Elizabeth lives on in the legacy of love she left behind with her wonderful children (with William Asher): Bill, Robert and Rebecca Asher, and with her charitable ways (she advocated for the Peace Movement and the disabled community, and was one of the first celebrities to utilize her name, time and money in support of those suffering from AIDS).  Meanwhile, too, she also left behind an immense body of work that she created for her fans and all fans of classic television to embrace and enjoy forever.

Blessings to you, Elizabeth - and thank you for all your great contributions that you made to the world of entertainment.

We here at The Classic TV Preservation Society salute your life and career - as both continue to represent everything good and strong and pure and true about classic television programming.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

"The Chronicles of Ara" is a Genius Creation

With their new science-fiction/fantasy novel, The Chronicles of Ara: Creation (Topos Books, February 2015), authors Joel Eisenberg (TV writer/producer) and Stephen Hillard (equity entrepreneur and philanthropist) deliver an enormously elegant tale of imagination, wonder and genius that rivals the creative vision and intention of the iconic Gene Roddenberry and his Star Trek universe.

Eisenberg and Hillard exquisitely combine the realms of art and science with a grand-scale fictional tale based on such realistic significance that the reader walks away with a magnitude of hope that our real world seems a much better place (if only because of just this book being in it).

In effect, the reader becomes the work.  The authors, the work and the reader tingle and shimmer and shine as if in tandem with all the butterfly affects that any prized accomplishment - or accomplisher - or benefactor - could muster.

The Chronicles of Ara: Creation is simply a masterpiece creation itself; one envisioned by master artists.  Much more than just an initial chapter in a series of planned books, this Ara chronicles in a new era of an inaugural experience of grandeur; a telling portrait painted with such vibrant colors of efficiency that it should be shared in awe, across the board, in every museum...of fiction and reality.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Donna Douglas - A Real Sweetheart of Hollywood

Donna Douglas, best known as "Elly May" from the classic TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies, is gone.
But she indeed left her "beauty mark" in this world.
Sweet and loving-kind, on-screen and off, Donna was a true beauty of Hollywood, unaffected by the glitz of Tinseltown..
Besides her stint on Beverly, another of her more notable performances include of course her historic appearance on The Twilight Zone, in the episode, "Eye of the Beholder" - a segment which holds a sincere message for us all (inner elegance trumps exterior facades).
I had the great honor to meet Donna in January 2013, during The Hollywood Show - in Los Angeles.  Also there was her Hillbillies co-star Max Baer, Jr., who played Elly May's cousin Jethro.
It was wonderful to see them together again.  Fans would approach Donna and request that she do the "Elly May" whistle....or to speak the words, "This has been a Filmways presentation" (which she was heard saying at the end of every Hillbillies episode).  And she complied each time.
Meanwhile, too, with each autograph she would sign she added a Biblical verse.
When I asked her if I could interview her for my new book, Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door: Television's Iconic Women From the 50s, 60s and 70s  (Taylor Trade, 2014), she enthusiastically agreed.
She had honored me once more.
Today's stars are a dime a dozen;  but the grace and authenticity of those like Donna Douglas are far and few between.
We will all miss Donna Douglas....and yet we all know that she will always remain with us  - whether in classic TV reruns broadcast on Earth - or with rays of angelic Elly May joy - shining down from Heaven.