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.