The Beverly Hillbillies' Elly May Clampett is suing Mattel over "Elly May Barbie:"


Donna Douglas, the 77-year old actress who played Elly May Clampett on the television show The Beverly Hillbillies in the 1960's claims Mattel is using her likeness without her permission.

Mattel is marketing its Elly May Barbie with a photo of Douglas portraying the character in the packaging. The suit seeks compensation for illegal usage of her name and likeness.

Douglas appeared in all 274 episodes of the CBS comedy show from 1962-1971. The show centered around the exploits of a "hillbilly" family from the South who moves to Beverly Hills after striking oil on their land.

'hope there's enough oil money left to pay the lawyers. The federal lawsuit she filed seeks compensation for illegal usage of her name and likeness and <ahem> attributes. Reuters reports she is seeking $75,000 in damages.

Source: The Los Angeles Times and Zap2It

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