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‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Donna Douglas Went to Real Estate Night School While Starring on Show

by Joe Rutland
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If you had Donna Douglas going to real estate school at night on your “Beverly Hillbillies” bingo card, then you are a big winner.

Douglas was, too. The actress who played Elly May Clampett on the CBS sitcom talked about it during a 2009 interview with WAFB-TV.

“I didn’t want to be put in a place of compromise,” Douglas said. “So, I went to night school and got my real estate license.”

Douglas found her specialty was in selling million-dollar homes.

“Oh no, I wasn’t good in real estate,” she said. “You know why? Because I’ve learned I’m a service person. I’ll tell ’em what’s good about the house, but I’ll tell them what’s wrong about it, too. And you don’t do that!”

“The Beverly Hillbillies” actress was part of the cast during its nine-season run on CBS. Besides her role as Elly May, other cast members included Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, and Max Baer Jr. Besides her real estate career, Douglas also found herself becoming a gospel-singing artist. Douglas died on Sept. 1, 2015, in Zachary, La., her home state.

After her death, Baer Jr. became the oldest living original cast member. He’s still around at 83 years old.

‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Never Would Say A Dirty Word At All

Would you believe that Douglas never cussed at all? Well, listen to “Beverly Hillbillies” star Baer Jr. as he talked about his co-star.

“But Donna was always sweet,” he said during a 2015 interview with The Five Count radio show. “I have one thing I remember about her and I told other people the same thing. In all the years that I knew her, I never heard her swear ever. She would go ‘golly-gee-darn,’ ‘dang.’ She’d whistle. ‘Son of a gun.’ She never used four-letter words at all. Never did.”

Baer Jr. played Jethro Bodine on the CBS sitcom created by Paul Henning. He also stayed on the show through its entire nine-season run.

In this same interview, Baer Jr. talked about the last time he saw Douglas alive.

“The last time I saw her was a year ago, actually two years ago today,” he said, which would have been in 2013. “We were in Los Angeles for the only autograph signing I’ve been to. She’d done some before but they called and tried to put the two of us together for once. And I said OK.”

Baer Jr., after the show finished its run, needed something else to pique his interest. So he decided to make a movie in 1974 called “Macon County Line” on a $110,000 budget. The movie did extremely well at the box office. It earned nearly $25 million in ticket sales. So, old Jethro wasn’t as stupid as he looked.