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Donna Douglas dies aged 82: Tributes to Beverly Hillbillies bombshell

By Staff Reporter

Donna Douglas, who played hillbilly bombshell Elly May Clampett on the baby-boomer-beloved 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, has died. She was 82.

Charlene Smith, her niece-in-law, confirmed yesterday that she died of pancreatic cancer on New Year's Day at Baton Rouge General Hospital, near her home in Zachary, Los Angeles.

Douglas' death leaves only one member of the show's original cast still alive - Max Baer Jr, who played Elly May's cousin, Jethro. He is 77.

"She was Elly May until the day she died," Baer said.

"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."

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