Valentina Cortese (born January 1, 1925) is an Italian actress.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in La Nuit américaine. She also appeared in the Franco Zeffirelli miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (movie).
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She has a gospel album and a country album. A devoted Christian, Douglas is also a noted gospel singer. She was offered a role on a prime-time soap opera, but felt there were too many bad things in it, with not enough family values, and turned it down. She did not work in that field long, however, as she remained in show business and found other projects.
She received her real estate license after The Beverly Hillbillies went off the air in order to have something to fall back on. Having no resentment about being so closely identified with one character, she still makes occasional public appearances in her hillbilly costume of blue jeans with trademark rope belt and a ruffled, pink blouse. In 1981, she returned for a made-for-TV reunion movie. Douglas remained with the The Beverly Hillbillies for the entire run of the series.
Her final movie role was as Frankie in Frederick de Cordova's musical comedy Frankie and Johnny (1966) opposite Elvis Presley. She is extremely proud of her role and the show, which she says she loved doing. The turning point in Douglas' career came when she was chosen over 500 other actresses to play the role of Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. She and Bourgeois had one son.
Leeds (married late 1970s-divorced). She had two husbands, Roland Bourgeois (married 1949-divorced 1954) and director Robert M. Douglas made numerous TV appearances, which includes a famous episode of The Twilight Zone titled The Eye of the Beholder (1960). 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, Doris Day and Tony Randall.
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. These and other TV appearances led New York photographers and newspaper reporters to award her the "Miss By-line" crown, which she wore on The Ed Sullivan Show. She was featured as the "Letters Girl" on The Perry Como Show in 1957, and as the "Billboard Girl" on The Steve Allen Show in 1959. She went to New York to pursue a career in entertainment and started out as a model for toothpaste adds.
She was awarded the titles "Miss Baton Rouge" and, in 1957, "Miss New Orleans.". She was a cheerleader as a teenager and won some beauty contests. Born Dorothy Smith in Baywood, Louisiana, she grew up on the farm of her grandparents loving animals and nature, climbing trees, swinging on vines and playing football and softball. She is best-known for her role as Elly May in the long-running TV series The Beverly Hillbillies.
Donna Douglas (born September 26, 1933) is an American actress. episode: California, Here We Come. Herself .. The Nanny (March 31, 1999) ..
Mildred McVane ... episode: Last Rites for a Dead Druid. Night Gallery (January 26, 1972) .. Elly May Clampett. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971) (series regular) ..
episode: Cavender Is Coming. Woman .. The Twilight Zone (May 25, 1962) .. episode: The Celluloid Cowboy.
Rhoda Sheridan .. 77 Sunset Strip (April 28, 1961) .. Janet Tyler ... episode: The Eye of the Beholder. The Twilight Zone (November 11, 1960) ..
Frankie. Frankie and Johnny (1966) (United Artists) .. Deborah. Lover Come Back (1961) (Universal) ..
bit part (uncredited). Li'l Abner (1959) (Paramount) .. Marjorie Burke. Career (1959) (Paramount) ..