Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, died Thursday, Jan. 1. She was 81.

Donna Douglas Dies

Douglas passed away at her Louisiana home surrounded by close friends and family, her granddaughter confirmed to TMZ.

Douglas was best known for playing tomboy Elly on Beverly Hillbillies in the nine seasons of the series’ run as well as a 1981 made-for-TV movie, but had a number of other TV credits to her name. She also appeared on Mister Ed, The Twilight Zone, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Adam 12 and Route 66.

On the big screen, Douglas starred in Career, Lover Come Back and Frankie and Johnny opposite Elvis Presley.

In later years, Douglas largely stepped away from acting, turning her entertaining talents to recording gospel and country music albums. She also released a pair of children’s books.

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