'Beverly Hillbillies' actress sues Barbie maker

This photo taken Jan. 8, 2009 shows Donna Douglas, who starred in the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" posing for a photograph in the photo taken in Baton Rouge, La. Douglas is holding a publicity photo taken during the shooting of the TV series. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

May 5, 2011 12:02:50 PM PDT
The actress who played Elly May Clampett on the hit television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" is suing toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., claiming the company used her name and likeness for a Barbie doll without her authorization. The federal suit filed Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La., says packaging for the "Elly May" Barbie doll features a photo of Donna Douglas portraying the character. Douglas, 77, says she never endorsed the doll or gave Mattel permission to use her name to promote its sale before introducing the doll in December 2010.

A Mattel spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a call and e-mail seeking comment.

From 1962 to 1971, Douglas appeared in all 274 episodes of the CBS comedy show about a poor family that moves to Beverly Hills after striking oil.

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