Donna Douglas Actress dies at 82

The actress died on New Year's Day after losing her battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 82.

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American actress and comedienne, Donna Douglas, has died at the age of 82 after losing her battle with pancreatic cancer.

The Beverly Hillbillies star died on New Year’s Day at the Baton Rouge General Hospital, from pancreatic cancer.

The Louisiana native appeared in more than 270 episodes of the popular show, Beverly Hillbillies, which followed a family who relocate to Beverly Hills after discovering oil. She also starred in the famous Twilight Zone episode, "The Eye of the Beholder".

Douglas starred opposite Elvis Presley in his 1966 film, Frankie and Johnny and had a small role in THE 1961 comedy, Lover Comer Back, with Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

Born Doris Smith in 1933, Douglas began her career in beauty pageants before travelling to New York to pursue a career in entertainment. After The Beverly Hillbillies she worked in real estate, recorded country and gospel music albums and wrote a book for children that drew on biblical themes.

She was married twice and is survived by Danny Bourgeois, her son from her second marriage.

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