Adapter-performer Lee Meriwether first leapt to fame as Miss
America 1955. Still radiantly beautiful, she is now an icon of mature glamour
as well as a star of stage, screen and television.
She has appeared on the long running TV series All
My Children, and is especially noted for her role in Barnaby
Jones, for which she was nominated for an Emmy® and two Golden
Globes®. Her films include features with such stars as John
Wayne, Rock Hudson, James Garner and Andy Griffith. She is always
remembered as the first feature film Catwoman in Batman (1966).
Live theatre, however, continues to be Lee's first love. Trained
by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, Ms. Meriwether has appeared
extensively on the stage.
In Los Angeles, she has been active at Theatre West in Hollywood.
Recalling her countless appearances there, three stand out
to her: Spoon
River Anthology with Betty Garrett, Aesop in
Central Park with
Richard Dreyfuss and Ladies of Hanover Towers with Carroll
O'Connor. She also acted in the 40thth Reunion production of
Spoon River in the role Ms. Garrett originally portrayed.
An assortment of 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 and
featuring seven former Miss Americas. Her musical appearances include
Hello Dolly, Mame, and The
King and I.
Lee is happiest around family, whether it's at
work or play. Some of Lee’s fondest memories are working and appearing
with her husband Marshall Borden and her daughters, Kyle Oldham
and Lesley Aletter in various productions.
Lee has served as Honorary Chairman of ABILITY
FIRST (formally the Crippled Children's Society) and is an honorary member
of Women in Show Business, and has twice been named their "Angel of the Year".
She has also served as National Education Chairman of the American Cancer
Society and as the Los Angeles Chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The
Blind Children's Center and the pet organization, “Actors and Others
for Animals” have a special place in her heart.