Donna Douglas, who played "The Beverly Hillbillies'" Elly May Clampett and the woman under the bandages on the "Eye of the Beholder" episode of "The Twilight Zone," died New Year's Day, Baton Rouge's WAFB reports, citing family members. She was 81 years old.
Douglas was an iconic pinup for a generation of television viewers, playing Jed Clampett's only daughter on "The Beverly Hillbillies," with the Ozarks oil-striking family heading to live in Beverly Hills. The show was number 1 on CBS for its first two years, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and lasted for nine seasons.
She appeared in several "Twilight Zone" episodes, including appearing in one of the most impactful episodes the show ever produced, "Eye of the Beholder." It told the story of what being traditionally beautiful means in a world slightly different from our own.
Douglas didn't provide the voice for her character when she was under the bandages, but was allowed to say one line after being unwrapped. The classic episode has been referenced and parodied numerous times, including on "Saturday Night Live."
Watch the full episode here:
Douglas made $500 a week when "The Beverly Hillbillies" began before eventually making $3,000 a week when it ended.
"I didn’t have an agent, but I don’t know if that would have made any difference," Douglas told the Hollywood Reporter.
Watch "The Beverly Hillbillies" opening with one of the catchiest storytelling songs to open a TV show:
Douglas was a Louisiana native, according to WAFB, and a pageant star who claimed the titles of "Miss Baton Rouge" and was named "Miss New Orleans" in 1957.