'Beverly Hillbillies' actress sues Barbie maker

NEW ORLEANS, LA 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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