Saturday, May 5, 2012
15 Greatest TV Characters of the 1960s: Granny
Portrayed by: Irene Ryan
TV series: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-71)
Occupation: Matriarch of the Clampett household.
Residences: Granny claimed to have been from Tennessee. However, prior to Jed finding oil while hunting, the Clampett Clan lived in Bug Tussle (which may have been in Arkansas or Missouri). Once the OK Oil Company made Jed a millionaire, the family moved to the mansion in Beverly Hills.
Family and Friends: Her deceased daughter was Rose Ellen. Jed Clampett is her son-in-law; Elly May is her granddaughter; Jethro is her grand-nephew and Jethrine is her grand-niece. Granny's friend Pearl Bodine is Jed's cousin and Jethro and Jethrine's mother. Got all that?
Famous Delectable Dishes and Potions: Possum & grits; pickled hog jowls (yum!); Granny's "roomatiz" medicine and spring tonic.
Talents: Granny was noted for her vittles, predicting the weather, and her talents as a physician. She sometimes referred to herself as Dr. Granny, M.D.--the initials standing for "mountain doctor."
Classic quotes: (to Jethro) "And how do we do that, Mr. Sixth Grade Graduate?"
Classic episodes: "Jed Gets the Misery" (Jed feign illness so Granny can tend to "doctoring"); "The Giant Jackrabbit" (Granny thinks an escaped kangaroo is a super-sized jackrabbit); "The Possum Day Parade" (Granny campaigns against Mrs. Drysdale for the Possum Queen title).