Blogged By: De De Tillman
Posted: Saturday March 16, 2013 @4:44 a.m PST
Donna Douglas (born September 26, 1933) Douglas was born Doris Smith in the community of Pride in East Baton Rouge Parish near Zachary in south Louisiana.
The turning point in Douglas’s career came when she was chosen to play the role of the tomboy Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. She starred on the program for all nine seasons, The Beverly Hillbillies became the number one show in the United States in its first two years.
Douglas’s first husband was Roland John Bourgeois, Jr. (married 1949, divorced 1954), with whom she had a son, Danny P. Bourgeois (born September 14, 1954). She married Robert M. Leeds (1920–2000), the director of The Beverly Hillbillies, in 1971, and they divorced in 1980.
On June 10, 1993, Douglas and her partner Curt Wilson in Associated Artists Entertainment, Inc., filed a $200 million lawsuit against Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, their production companies, and Creative Artists Agency claiming the film Sister Act was plagiarized from a book A Nun in the Closet owned by the partners. Douglas and Wilson claimed that in 1985 they had developed a screenplay for the book. According to, Wikipedia.