An Unlikely Independent Female, Donna Douglas played Spirited Elly Mae

January 3, 2015 10:30 AM

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An Unlikely Independent Female, Donna Douglas played Spirited Elly Mae

No one in the family fit in urban upscale surroundings, including Jed Clampett's tom-boy, yet curvacious like a pin-up model, Elly Mae (played by Donna Douglas).

Debuting in 1962 as the first "fish out of water" series, it inspired country cousins like "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres," yet open the door for urban iconic cross-cultural shows, such as "The Jeffersons," "Diff'rent Strokes," "McCloud," "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," and the inner family bigotr...

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