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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Elly May Clampett actress settles Barbie suit; man who tried to blackmail David Letterman has a new job

Donna Douglas poses with a photo from “The Beverly Hillbillies” in Baton Rouge. (Bill Haber - AP)
Donna Douglas, the actress who played blond beauty Elly May Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has settled a lawsuit against CBS and Mattel over a Barbie doll that uses her character’s likeness. Douglas contended that CBS and Mattel needed her approval to make the doll and was asking for at least $75,000; the terms of the settlement are confidential.

See a picture of offending Elly Mae doll here. (AP via WaPo)

Robert “Joe” Halderman, the man who attempted to extort $2 million from David Letterman to keep the late night host’s sexual relationships with his employees a secret, has been hired as a producer on “On the Case With Paula Zahn.”

Halderman was sentenced to six months in prison for his blackmail attempt and served four. Letterman eventually came clean about his affairs on the air. (Vulture)

Russell Brand was photographed Thursday in London not wearing his wedding ring, which can only mean one thing — he wasn’t wearing a ring that day. Or, if you’re a tabloid, it could mean that Brand and wife Katy Perry are having marital issues. The two reportedly spent Christmas apart.(People)

Jessica Simpson has moved on from one questionable pregnancy craving (salty cantaloupe) to another: “Kraft mac and cheese w lawry's seasoning salt is the breakfast for pregnant champions!!!” (@JessicaSimpson)

Some very important Kardashian news, after the jump.

Khloe Kardashian wants to dye her hair blond again, but momager Kris Jenner allegedly won’t allow it because the family is a brunette brand. For the record, hubby Lamar Odom thinks his wife should have whatever hair color she wants. (Radar)

Rumored couple alert! Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde were spotted together at a basketball game in the “SNL” actor’s home state, Kansas. (Gossip Cop)

This “ Arrested Development ” Bluth banana stand bank is probably the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen. Remember, “There’s always money in the banana stand.” (Buzzfeed)

Lady Gaga and her boyfriend, Taylor Kinney, were photographed together for the first time. Gawk at the happy couple at the link. (Radar)

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