Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether

May. 27th, 1935
Born in
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 8 1/2

Lee Meriwether's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Time Tunnel TV Show
The Time Tunnel
Mission: Impossible TV Show
Mission: Impossible
The Munsters Today TV Show
The Munsters Today
Barnaby Jones TV Show
Barnaby Jones
The New Andy Griffith Show TV Show
The New Andy Griffith Show
Bringing Up Buddy TV Show
Bringing Up Buddy
The Magnificent Marble Machine TV Show
The Magnificent Marble Machine

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935) is an American actress, former model, and the winner of the 1955 Miss America pageant. She is perhaps best known for her role as Betty Jones, Buddy Ebsen's secretary and daughter-in-law in the long-running 1970s crime drama, Barnaby Jones. The role earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations in 1975 and 1976, and an Emmy Award nomination in 1977. She is also known for her role as John Schuck's long-haired wife, Lily Munster, in the 1980s sitcom The Munsters Today, as well as for her portrayal of Catwoman in the 1966 film version of Batman. Meriwether had a recurring role as Ruth Martin on the daytime soap opera All My Children until the end of the series in September 2011.

  • Went to high school with future singer 'Johnny Mathis' (qv).
  • Related to Meriwether Lewis, 19th century explorer and later governor of the Louisiana Territory.
  • Miss America 1955
  • Classmate of 'Bill Bixby (I)' (qv).
  • Mother of actresses 'Kyle Aletter' (qv) and 'Lesley Aletter (I)' (qv)
  • Was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic community service group for girls aged 11-20.
  • Contrary to popular belief, she never played Catwoman on the series _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv). Only 'Julie Newmar' (qv) and 'Eartha Kitt' (qv) did. She did, however, play Catwoman in the movie _Batman (1966)_ (qv) and later played another character in two episodes of the series.
  • As a 19-year-old drama student from California, she was crowned Miss America in 1954, the year of the first live telecast, and was the first to cry tears of joy at the announcement.

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