Donna was a real country girl who grew up on her grandparents' farm in Louisiana, so playing the pretty tomboy Elly May wasn't a stretch.
The daughter of millionaire Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) loved playing with her "critters" and "rasslin'" with cousin Jethro Bodine (Max Baer, Jr.).
In fact, Elly was a better fighter than her dim-witted cousin. As Jethro liked to say, "There are times when I'd like to whup the tar out of that girl. She's all the time
rasslin' me down, getting a toehold on me."
After Jed struck oil the Clampetts moved to Beverly Hills to turn the beautiful Elly into a proper young lady. Elly's widower father told her, "I was wrong to raise you as a boy. By the time Granny came along you were too wild to tame. You could out-run, out-climb, out-fight and out-shoot every boy in the hills."
"I still can," she reminded him.