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Donna Douglas appears in a still from The Beverly Hillbillies. / The Elly May Clampett Barbie doll. - Provided courtesy of CBS / Mattel

'Beverly Hillbillies' actress sues over Elly May Barbie doll

05/07/2011 by Olivia Allin

Donna Douglas, the actress who played "The Beverly Hillbillies" bombshell, Elly May Clampett in the 1960s is suing Mattel over their Elly May Barbie doll.

In the lawsuit, Douglas claims that Matell is "engaging in the unauthorized use of (her) name, likeness, image and attributes" and states that the toy company used a photo of the actress in character on the packaging, CNN reports.

The actress is seeking damages of $75,000 for each of the alleged violations.

A spokesperson from Mattel said that the company "licensed the rights to 'Beverly Hillbillies' for this product through the appropriate channels."

The popular 1960s CBS TV show followed a poor rural Southern family that moves to Beverly Hills after accidentally striking oil on their land.

In 1993, 20th Century Fox made a "Beverly Hillbillies" movie starring Jim Varney, Erika Eleniak, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Lea Thompson and Rob Schneider.

Douglas continues to make public appearances in connection to her Elly May character, the critter-loving tomboy.

Douglas worked in real-estate after "The Beverly Hillbillies" went off the air. She also released several gospel records and a 1983 album called "Here Come the Critters."

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