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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)

Today, sexy Lee Mereiwether is best remembered for her roles in a few science fiction/fantasy cult productions made between 1966 and 1969. Batman: The Movie, Star Trek, The Time Tunnel and Land Of The Giants.

Firstly Batman: The Movie, in this she played both evil Catwoman and not-so-evil Kitka who has a romance with Bruce Wayne (Adam West).

Then came 30 episodes of Irwin Allen's Time Tunnel series, in this she played a scientist named Ann MacGregor, where she mostly performed with Whit Bissell (General Kirk), both attempting to help two time travelers who were lost in time. In one episode, The Kidnappers, Ann was taken away from her normal setting and transported into the distant future.

However, Mereiwether once reported that she spent a lot of the series acting to a screen in the Time Tunnel complex, a screen that was meant to feature the two time travelers, but in reality featured nothing at all. So she was reacting to nothing a lot of the time.

Then came Star Trek episode, That Which Survives, where she played Losira, an evil being who stalks the Enterprise crew and attempts to kill them.

And finally she was back with Irwin Allen again with the Land Of The Giants episode, Rescue. In this she played the concerned "giant" mother of kids who were trapped underground and needed to be rescued by the earth "little people".

Mereiwether is still working in television to this day.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: StuOz

Spouse (2)

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

Trade Mark (3)

Deep sultry voice
Natural auburn hair
Light blue eyes

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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