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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 May 1935Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameLee Ann Meriwether
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lee Meriwether was born on May 27, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lee Ann Meriwether. She is an actress, known for Barnaby Jones (1973), The Munsters Today (1987) and Batman: The Movie (1966). She has been married to Marshall Borden since September 21, 1986. She was previously married to Frank Aletter.

Spouse (2)

Marshall Borden (21 September 1986 - present)
Frank Aletter (20 April 1958 - 1974) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (15)

Miss America 1955
Mother, with Frank Aletter, of actresses Kyle Aletter and Lesley Aletter.
Related to Meriwether Lewis, 19th century explorer and later governor of the Louisiana Territory.
Was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic community service group for girls aged 11-20.
Classmate of Bill Bixby.
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.
Went to high school with future singer Johnny Mathis.
Contrary to popular belief, she never played Catwoman on the series Batman (1966). Only Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt did. She did, however, play Catwoman in the movie Batman: The Movie (1966) and later played another character in two episodes of the series.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book, "I Talked with a Zombie" (McFarland & Co., 2008).
Second wife of Marshall Borden.
First wife of Frank Aletter.
Her acting mentor was the late Buddy Ebsen.
Best known by the public for her roles as Betty Jones in Barnaby Jones (1973) and as Lily Munster in The Munsters Today (1987).
Spokesperson for "Alert USA", a personal medical alert system. [April 2006]
Appearing with James Noble in a benefit performance of "Love Letters" for the Playhouse on the Green (the former Polka Dot Playhouse) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. [May 2007]

Personal Quotes (5)

You know, I've been so incredibly lucky. One hears so many horror stories from actresses who test for role after role and never get anything. I've been working steadily for more years than I care to count. I definitely consider myself to be one of the lucky ones.
[on Bill Bixby]: I would describe his quality, that 'it' quality, as a kind of charismatic magic. I mean, he really had it as a child. That face, he could somehow note, off-key, didn't matter.
[on her professional friendship with Buddy Ebsen, who played Barnaby Jones]: Well, basically, nice guys can finish last. He was really a wonderful man and a delight to work with and he loved his crew. He was very generous, they [the show's producers] adored him, and I firmly believe that they had the opportunity to go on to other more lucrative shows, but they chose to stay with us for eight years, which is highly unusual.
[Of Buddy Ebsen]: I loved working with Buddy Ebsen. I was so lucky to have been given that opportunity. Eight years with this lovely gentleman. It was an experience for which I will always be grateful. The chemistry between us was immediate. I met him in his dressing room for the first time and we talked later about that first meeting and how immediate it was that we knew we bonded then. And it was, it was so fabulous.
[on the death of Buddy Ebsen]: Oh, immediately. What a wonderful man he was, I miss him desperately.

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