‘Beverly Hillbillies’ actress settles suit over Barbie
The actress who played Elly May Clampett on the “The Beverly Hillbillies” has settled her lawsuit over a Barbie doll that uses the character’s name and likeness.
The Associated Press reports an attorney for actress Donna Douglas said she settled with CBS and toymaker Mattel on Tuesday. Ms. Douglas’ lawsuit had sought at least $75,000. Details of the settlement were confidential.
Ms. Douglas played the critter-loving tomboy for all nine seasons of the CBS comedy about a backwoods family that strikes oil and moves to Beverly Hills.
She claimed CBS Consumer Products Inc. and Mattel Inc. needed her approval for the Barbie. In court documents, CBS and Mattel said they didn’t need her OK because the network holds exclusive rights to the character.
BBC’s ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ may hit big screen
Jennifer Saunders, the co-creator of the award-winning BBC series “Absolutely Fabulous,” has said she plans to make a big-screen version of the TV show.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Saunders set the Internet alight with reports she is planning a movie version of the show, which returned to the small screen over the Christmas season on BBC to ratings success and a positive critical reception.
The comedy show featuring Ms. Saunders as Eddy, her sidekick Patsy, played by Joanna Lumley, and copious amounts of champagne, aims to capitalize on the show’s long-running popularity.
First airing on BBC in 1992, the comedy about a fashionista and her hard-drinking, smoking sidekick has scored numerous awards, including a best comedy show BAFTA in 1993 and an Emmy for best popular arts program the following year.
This year’s Christmas special, penned by Ms. Saunders, marked the show’s return to the small screen after an absence of six years. The Christmas special garnered around 9 million viewers.
According to reports, Ms. Saunders said she is “definitely going to do” a movie version.
“I’m aiming to shoot this in a beautiful part of the Riviera. I fancy the south of France in the spring,” Ms. Saunders said.
Actress Kaye Stevens dies, was ‘Tonight Show’ regular
Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show,” has died at a Central Florida hospital. She was 79.