Donna Douglas Elly Mae Clampett
December 30, 2011 by staff
Donna Douglas Elly Mae Clampett, The actress who played Elly May Clampett on the “The Beverly Hillbillies,” toymaker Mattel Inc. and CBS Consumer Products Inc. have settled a lawsuit in which Donna Douglas claimed the companies didn’t get her approval to use her name and likeness for a Barbie doll.
Douglas played the critter-loving tomboy for all nine seasons of the CBS television comedy about a backwoods family that strikes oil and moves to Beverly Hills.
One of her attorneys, Charles von Simson of Buffalo, N.Y., says settlement details are confidential. The U.S. District Court lawsuit filed in Baton Rouge sought at least $75,000.
In earlier filings, CBS and Mattel said they didn’t need Douglas’ approval because the network holds exclusive rights to the character.
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