10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’
The Beverly Hillbillies is one of the most iconic television shows. Airing from 1962 to 1971, the show had an ensemble cast that featured Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. as a poor backwoods family from the south that moves to Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their property. The show was quite successful, winning seven Emmy Awards and spawning a feature film of the same name in 1993. Since the show was so popular for all its nine seasons, here are 10 things you didn’t know about The Beverly Hillbillies:
10. The Mansion
The show was filmed at Arnold Kirkeby’s mansion in Bel Air. An agreement was made between Filmways Productions and Kirkeby, which enabled the show to film the exterior of his mansion, but the agreement stipulated that the address of the estate was never to be divulged to the public. During the show’s fourth season, Kirkeby’s wife reportedly broke the agreement when the address was leaked and an endless stream of tourists descended upon the mansion looking for the cast. After that, Filmways was prohibited from filming the mansion’s exterior or any long shots on the mansion grounds.
Raymond Bailey – who played the greedy banker president Milburn Drysdale – was starting to suffer the effects of Alzheimer’s disease when the show was nearing the end of its run, and in some of the final scenes, it’s clear that he wasn’t healthy. After 1975, Bailey was no longer able to work and spent his final years going between his condo and his houseboat in Laguna Niguel, California. The only cast member he kept in touch with was Nancy Kulp, who he nicknamed Slim.