Both the original television series from the 60’s, and the movie remake from the 90’s, featured chimpanzees. As we’ve mentioned before, Elly May had a soft spot for animals. She kept two pet chimps named Skipper and Bessie.
There really is nothing cuter in the world than a chimpanzee in a cute little dress, which we believe is some shade of purple. After cats and dogs, these are probably the third cutest critters we’d want to play with on the set of “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Beauty and brains, what a combination!
We Are Family
“The Beverly Hillbillies” ran from 1962 to 1971. The popular show had an amazing run with nine terrific seasons and a whopping 274 episodes. Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, and Donna Douglas were the only three actors to star in every single episode of the show. It seems like Jed, his daughter Elly May, and his mother Granny, were the real backbone of the series.
Honestly, the connection between these three generations makes us a little jealous, especially in this rare photo of all three together while in character. (We suspect that Jethro was also in every episode, but the picture is still pretty great).
Jed Clampett...Writes Poetry?
Buddy Ebsen was not only an accomplished actor, he was also a published author. He released a novel by the name of “Kelly’s Quest”. You may have missed it, because the book came out years after he quit show business. The novel included a collection of poems about a young woman named Kelly, and her journey through life with all its highs and lows.
Despite the fact that nine different publishers rejected him, Buddy Ebsen decided to publish the book on his own. With its unique take on life, the book reached the number 3 spot on the LA Times paperback best-seller list, in 2001.
Here Comes Barnaby
Now, who does this actor from the notorious 1993 Beverly Hillbillies movie remind you of? Buddy Epsen appeared in the movie and he was still pretty darn good. But the actor wasn’t only a household name for his starring role as Jed Clampett, he also headlined another successful series, “Barnaby Jones.” Buddy Ebsen and Lee Merriweather starred in the detective series.
The duo played a father and daughter-in-law team who ran a private investigation firm in LA. The show was quite successful, and ran for seven seasons. Sadly, the legendary actor passed away at the ripe old age of 95 years old, in 2003.
A Bright Idea
The original concept for the show came to creator Paul Henning in 1959, while he was traveling through the south and visiting important locations in the Civil War. The whole thing hinged on transplanting someone from the rural south smack into an upper crust community.
His first thought was for the show to take place in New York City, but that was both complicated and expensive, and they decided to change the location to Beverly Hills. Paul Henning is also the man who brought two other hit shows to the world, “Petticoat Junction” and “Green Acres”.