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Donna Douglas The Twilight Zone as Janet Tyler Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo 1 COA

~~Great looking 8x10 glossy photo autographed by "Janet Tyler"...Donna Douglas. 

Donna Douglas, actress who played "Janet Tyler" (Revealed) during "Eye of the Beholder"...an episode of the classic 1959-63 television series, "The Twilight Zone", signed this 8x10 black and white photo with a black Sharpie.  Donnas signed this photo in January 2013.

This is a classic autographed photo from a classic television series.  Whether you are a Donna Douglas fan and/or a "Twilight Zone" fan, this is one autographed photo that should be in your own personal collection.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

Donna Douglas (born Doris Smith; September 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American actress and singer, known for her role as Elly May Clampett in CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971). Following her acting career, Douglas became a real estate agent, a Gospel singer and inspirational speaker, and authored books for children and adults.

Early life

Douglas was born Doris Smith in the community of Pride in East Baton Rouge Parish near Zachary in south Louisiana.[2] She was the only daughter of Emmett Ratcliff Smith, Sr. (1907–1988)][Footnotes 1] and his wife, the former Elma Robinson (1910–2003).[Footnotes 2]

Douglas attended Roman Catholic St. Gerard High School, where she played both softball and basketball.[2] She was a member of the school's first graduating class. She married Roland Bourgeois in 1949; they divorced several years later shortly after the birth in 1954 of their son, Danny P. Bourgeois. She was a "Miss Baton Rouge"[2] and was named "Miss New Orleans" in 1957.[3]

Acting career

Douglas moved to New York City to pursue a career in entertainment and started out as an illustration model for toothpaste advertisements.[4] She was featured as the “Letters Girl” on NBC's The Perry Como Show in 1957, and as the “Billboard Girl” on NBC's The Steve Allen Show in 1959. These and other television appearances led New York photographers and newspaper reporters to award her the “Miss By-line” crown, which she wore on CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show.[5]

Producer Hal Wallis saw the Sullivan episode and cast her in the role of Marjorie Burke in the movie drama, Career (1959), starring Anthony Franciosa, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine. This was followed by a bit part in the musical comedy, Li'l Abner (1959) and the role of a secretary in the comedy/romance Lover Come Back (1961) starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

She made numerous television appearances in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including a notable episode of The Twilight Zone, entitled "The Eye of the Beholder" (1960). She was cast as Barbara Simmons in four 1961 episodes of the CBS detective series, Checkmate. Her other credits, among others, were in U.S. Marshal, Tightrope, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Bachelor Father, Route 66, and Thriller.

The Beverly Hillbillies

The turning point in Douglas’s career came when she was chosen to play the role of the tomboy Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. She starred on the program for all nine seasons, along with Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Nancy Kulp, Raymond Bailey, and Max Baer, Jr. The Beverly Hillbillies became the number one show in the United States in its first two years.[6][7]

During the 1966 summer hiatus for the show, Douglas made her only starring motion picture appearance, cast as Frankie in Frederick de Cordova's Frankie and Johnny (1966) opposite Elvis Presley.[8] The film proved popular, and is among Presley’s most frequently televised movies, but it did little to advance Douglas's big-screen career. In 1981, she returned for a made-for-TV reunion movie called The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies.[8]


Douglas's first husband was Roland John Bourgeois, Jr. (married 1949, divorced 1954), with whom she had a son, Danny P. Bourgeois (born September 14, 1954).[9] She married Robert M. Leeds (1920–2000), the director of The Beverly Hillbillies, in 1971, and they divorced in 1980.

Elly May Clampett Pop Culture Icon

Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett became one of the most popular and recognizable television personalities during the 1960s, a guest star on a number of other television programs and the subject of paper dolls, dolls, coloring books, and various toys during the heyday of the program. She was also the only cast member to be on all seven of the series' TV Guide covers.

In December 2010, Mattel released a new collection of three Barbies called the Classic TV collection. These dolls were Bewitched (played by Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens), I Dream of Jeannie (played by Barbara Eden as Jeannie), and The Beverly Hillbillies (played by Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett).[10]

Sister Act lawsuit

On June 10, 1993, Douglas and her partner Curt Wilson in Associated Artists Entertainment, Inc., filed a $200 million lawsuit against Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, their production companies, and Creative Artists Agency claiming the film Sister Act was plagiarized from a book A Nun in the Closet owned by the partners. Douglas and Wilson claimed that in 1985 they had developed a screenplay for the book. The lawsuit claimed that there were more than one hundred similarities and plagiarisms between the movie and the book/screenplay owned by Douglas and Wilson. The lawsuit further claimed that the developed screenplay had been submitted to Disney, Goldberg, and Midler three times during 1987 and 1988.[11]

In 1994, Douglas and Wilson declined a $1 million offer to settle the case. The judge found in favor of Walt Disney Pictures and the other defendants. Wilson stated at the time, “They would have had to copy our stuff verbatim for us to prevail.”[12]

Barbie Doll lawsuit

On May 4, 2011, Douglas filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Mattel and CBS Consumer Products used her name and likeness for a Barbie doll in the Classic TV Collection without her authorization. The suit alleged that packaging for the "Elly May" Barbie doll featured a photo of her portraying the character. Douglas maintained she never endorsed the doll or gave Mattel permission to use her name to promote its sale.[13]

On December 27, 2011, Douglas settled her suit against CBS Consumer Products and Mattel, in which she had been seeking at least $75,000. In the lawsuit Douglas claimed that CBS and Mattel needed her approval to design the doll, while CBS and Mattel maintained that they didn't need her consent or approval because the network holds exclusive rights to the character. Details of the settlement were confidential; however, both sides claimed to be content with the outcome.[14]

Later career
Douglas received her real estate license after The Beverly Hillbillies went off the air. She did not work in that field long, however, as she remained in show business and found other projects.

Douglas frequently performs as a gospel singer and speaks at churches across America. She has recorded several gospel albums, the first being released in 1982. She has recorded a few minor country music records during the 1970s and 1980s. (A British pop singer in the 1960s also named Donna Douglas recorded a number of recordings including a United Kingdom hit, "Message in a Bottle," and occasionally her discs are mistaken for those of The Beverly Hillbillies star.)

She has also written a children's book titled Donna's Critters & Kids: Children's Stories with a Bible Touch, which has Bible stories featuring animals and is combined with a coloring book for ages two to seven.

Douglas has remained busy making appearances, speaking for church groups, youth groups, schools and colleges. One key focus of her charitable work has been to appear and speak in support of various Christian children's homes, mostly in her native American South. She has also appeared at conventions and trade shows. In 2005, she filmed two pilot episodes for a children's program titled Mirror, Mirror.

In November 2011, Douglas released a new children's book, "Miss Donna's Mulberry Acres Farm".

Final years and death

In addition to her frequent traveling for celebrity appearances and speeches, Douglas enjoyed gardening, spending time with friends and family, and answering her fan mail.[2]

Douglas died at Baton Rouge General Hospital, aged 82, on January 1, 2015, from pancreatic cancer.[3][20][21] Her interment was in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana's Bluff Creek Cemetery.

Charlene Smith, Douglas' niece by marriage, said that Douglas returned to live in East Baton Rouge Parish c. 2005: "She was always happy, always beautiful. You always saw her with all her makeup on. She never looked her age."[22] Smith said that on Christmas 2014 Douglas gave her a Bible that she had signed. Douglas often added scriptural verses to her gifts.[22]

The word, "MCVIKES" will not appear on your photo.  This autographed photo was placed inside a plastic page, the label was placed on top of the plastic page and this photo was then scanned.  If you buy it, you will like it. 

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