Elvis Presley Donna Douglas
December 30, 2011 by staff
Elvis Presley Donna Douglas, The actress who played tomboy Elly May Clampett on 1960s television show ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ has settled her lawsuit against Mattel over a Barbie doll based on her character.
Actress Donna Douglas, now 78, sued the toy company in May as well as the consumer products division of CBS Corp. seeking a minimum of $75,000 in damages.
Her complaint said Mattel was ‘engaging in the unauthorized use’ of her name, likeness and image to promote and sell the ‘Elly May’ Barbie.
Attorneys in the case filed court papers on Tuesday in Louisiana indicating the lawsuit had been settled.
The financial terms were not revealed.
The acting role Ms Douglas is most known for is her role in ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ which ran from 1962 to 1971 on CBS television.
She played the beautiful but naive Elly May in the show about a family that struck oil and ditched their backwoods home for life in California.
During a break in the show she also stared alongside Elvis Presley in the 1966 motion picture Frankie and Johnny but which did not lead to further movie work outside of the Beverly Hillbillies.
Philip Shaheen, an attorney for Ms Douglas who now lives in her home state of Louisiana, said he could not comment on the details of the settlement.
California-based Mattel could not be reached for comment either.
CBS Consumer Products had argued in court papers that it had exclusive rights to use the Elly May character, and did not need Ms Douglas’ permission before entering into an agreement with Mattel for the doll.
Married and divorced twice, Ms Douglas has led a quieter life, most recently releasing a children’s book in November of this year titled, ‘Miss Donna’s Mulberry Acres Farm.’
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