'Beverly Hillbillies' Star Settles Barbie Lawsuit With Mattel
Maybe Elly May is not a millionaire like her papa Jed, but "Beverly Hillbillies" star Donna Douglas has settled a lawsuit she filed over a Barbie doll in her classic TV character's likeness.
Douglas, 78, filed a lawsuit against Mattel and CBS's consumer products division in May, seeking a minimum of $75,000 in damages after charging Mattel was "engaging in the unauthorized use" of her name and likeness to sell an Elly May Barbie doll.
The actress, who lives in Louisiana, settled the lawsuit on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Details on the settlement are confidential, but her attorney, Charles von Simson, said she was happy with the result.
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Mattel and von Simson did not respond to TheWrap's request for comment.
The 2010 doll, released as part of Mattel's pop culture series that also includes Carol Burnett, Elvis, Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly, "Twilight," James Bond, Johnny Depp and "Dancing With the Stars" Barbies, depicts a voluptuous Barbie wearing a blue and white gingham shirt, curly pigtails and jeans tied at the waist with a rope belt. Elly May Barbie's accessory: a slingshot.
Douglas (seen at right with her "Beverly Hillbillies" co-star Max Baer Jr.) contended Mattel and CBS didn't have the rights to use her likeness for selling and promoting the doll, while CBS said in court documents that the company holds exclusive rights to the Elly May character.
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Elly May was the well-endowed, naïve tomboy daughter of Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), the poor mountaineer who was famously told "Californy is the place you ought to be" when he accidentally struck oil and became a millionaire. The Clampetts moved to Beverly Hills and the "Beverly Hillbillies" was born.
The show ran for nine seasons (1962-71) on CBS, where it received seven Emmy nominations and was the top-rated series on TV for its first two seasons.Related Articles: Hollywood Turns to the Toy Chest Barbie All Dolled Up for Universal Movie
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