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If you really think about it, the 1960s was the first decade when women were really allowed to shine on network television. After a hard fought 1950s (thanks, Lucy!), studio execs were beginning to see the merit of a diverse array of talented women who would go on to make their mark on television history. The sixties were a time of revolution on TV, and it was the ladies largely leading the charge. Here are 15 women who made their name in the 1960s and what they’re up to now.

1. Donna Douglas

On The Beverly Hillbillies, Donna Douglas was the sweet, sexy, simple Ellie May Clampett, the animal-loving girl from the back woods. After Hillbillies went off the air, always the one to play it safe, Douglas actually got her real estate license. She also continued to follow her spiritual side, performing as a gospel singer and speaker in churches throughout the country. She also became a published author, writing stories for all ages. She passed away at the age of 82 on January 1, 2015.

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Donna Douglas
Donna Douglas Of The Beverly Hillbillies
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