1960s TV star Donna Douglas loses fight against pancreatic cancer 80



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Sadly it has been confirmed by the family of Donna Douglas that she lost her battle against pancreatic cancer at the age of 82.

The Beverly Hillbillies star had a wonderful and impressive career. She played Ellie May on the sitcom that lasted nine series. She also starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 film, Frankie and Johnny and had a successful run guest starring on several TV shows and in films.

Charlene Smith, her niece-in-law, confirmed on Friday with USA TODAY that she died of pancreatic cancer on New Year’s Day at Baton Rouge General Hospital, near her home in Zachary, Louisiana.

Douglas’ death leaves only one member of the Beverly Hillbillies original cast still alive: Max Baer Jr., who played Elly May’s cousin, Jethro. He is 77.

“She was Elly May until the day she died,” Baer told the website RumorFix. “When I saw her for autograph signings or other gatherings, she always dressed the same with pink or blue” and of course those signature pigtails.”

Today share your memories of Donna Douglas in her various films and TV shows with us… Below are some of her finest moments on the screen.


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  1. I thought men only get that disease.

    7 REPLY
    • Prostrate cancer is what men suffer. Pancreas is what everyone has. It supplies the body with insulin and glucagon which controls your blood sugars………And rose. It’s you’re. **

    • We blokes have a PROSTATE, not a prostrate!!!!!
      And, Elaine – women are only slightly less likely to contract pancreatic cancer than men.

    • You’re getting nearer, Elaine. One of the causes of pancreatic cancer is smoking. A rough rule of thumb is that men get pancreatic cancer more than women in the approximate proportion of how many more men smoke than women.

    • My bridesmaid died of Pancreatic Cancer and & Henry Doering, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…….the word is ProsTATE cancer

  2. She was an awesome actress, loved that show! RIP Donna. Elaine Evans you may be thinking prostate cancer which only men can get.

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