Donna Douglas $75K Lawsuit Settlement Over Mattel Barbie

Donna Douglas Lawsuit – Donna Douglas, who played the Elly May on the television show The Beverly Hillbillies, has filed a lawsuit about a Barbie doll modeled after her character.

She settled a lawsuit with toy giant Mattel Inc. and CBS Consumer Products over the doll but now Douglas claims she never gave permission for the El Segundo toy maker to use her photo or name in promoting the doll, according to court filings.

The lawsuit asked for at least $75,000 in compensation, but the settlement amount could be more.

The Elly May doll sports a gingham shirt, tight-fitting jeans and the character’s trademark blond pigtails tied with ribbons. Mattel said in promotional material that the Barbie “captures the essence of the classic ’60’s TV character and show.”

The toy maker argued that it did not need permission from Douglas after obtaining a license from CBS, which owns exclusive rights to the Elly May character.

Philip Shaheen, a lawyer representing Douglas, said that a confidential settlement had been reached but could not give more details.

“There is a settlement in place with CBS and Mattel,” Shaheen said in an interview. “We all signed off on a confidentiality agreement. I can’t give anybody any details or they’ll come down on me.”

Douglas played Elly May for the entire nine seasons of “Beverly Hillbillies,” which ran on CBS from 1962 to 1971 and followed the comic misadventures of a poor family that moves to Beverly Hills after discovering oil on their land.

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