Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether was successively: Miss San Francisco, Miss California and Miss America. Though most know Lee as “Betty” in the highly successful CBS series, BARNABY JONES — for which she was nominated for both the Golden Globe and the Emmy — or as "Catwoman" in the 1966 BATMAN movie with Adam West, Lee has had starring or recurring roles in no less than nine series, ranging from the first women’s editor with Dave Garroway on the original TODAY SHOW on NBC to her three-year run as Lily on THE MUNSTERS TODAT for Universal. Some of Lee’s successful series include: TIME TUNNEL, THE NEW ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, THE F.B.I., 12 O’CLOCK HIGH, and DR. KILDARE.  Lee studied acting with the famed teacher Lee Strasburg, as well as dancing, singing, and fencing with some of the top coaches in New York. Lee’s beginnings in the entertainment industry include her first TV role – THE PHILCO TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE with Mary Astor, her first motion picture lead – THE 4-D MAN with Robert Lansing, and her first professional stage appearance – HATFUL OF RAIN with William Smithers and Lou Antonio.  In addition to portraying “Catwoman,” her noteworthy film roles include Andy Griffith’s pregnant wife in ANGEL IN MY POCKET , and Rock Hudson’s southern wife in THE UNDEFEATED. Lee “swam” with NAMU, THE KILLER WHALE and played the “man” killed by Kim Novak in THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE.  Live theatre, however, continues to be Lee’s first love. Attesting to that fact is her long association with Theatre West, a professional actors’ workshop in Hollywood.  Recent national stage credits include: the female version of THE ODD COUPLE, LAST SUMMER AT BLUE FISH COVE for which she received the Drama Logue Award for Best Actress as well as the San Francisco Critics Award, THE BUSINESS OF MURDER with Van Johnson, Sondheim’s FOLLIES with seven former Miss Americas, a national tour with Anthony Zerbe and Roy Dotrice of COUNTRY MATTERS (SEX AND SHAKESPEARE!) and most recently productions of the musicals: HELLO DOLLY; MAME; THE KING AND I with George Chakiris; I DO, I DO; A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with her husband, Marshall Borden, and the 20th Anniversary tour of Dan Goggin’s NUNSENSE with Kaye Ballard, Mimi Hines, Georgia Engel and Darlene Love.