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Lee Meriwether

Mostly Credited As: Lee Meriwether
Sometimes Credited As: Lee Meriwether Borden
Lee Ann Meriwether

Birth Name: Lee Ann Meriwether
Date Of Birth: May 27, 1935 (Age 79)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 8 ½" (1.73 m)

Lee Meriwether


Warm and witty: that's the way her friends describe Lee Meriwether. The fact that she has always one of the most beautiful people on the screen doesn't seem nearly as important - ever to Lee herself,
Any girl who spent her childhood playing cowboys and Indians and her teens playing baseball, isn't going to place too much emphasis on beauty.
"I was a real tomboy" Lee remembers, "And in my spare time, a movie fan, I saw all the westerns, I just tolerated the women in those shoot-em-ups; they were a necessary evil. The only ones I admired were those who got to shoot and ride-, I still long to play in a western where I get to ride a horse at breakneck speed and shoot a gun and do all the things the men get to do. I did play in 'The Undefeated' with John Wayne, but I had to be a lady."
Born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Gregg and Ethel Meriwether, she moved to Phoenix when she was three and her brother Don only two months old. Here in the open spaces of the old west, Lee grew up.
"We did a lot of running around in loin cloths, using our fingers as guns," she signs reminiscently In between she played football and baseball. But the hoyden grew up to become Miss America.
Lee won that coveted title while she was attending City College of San Francisco as a Radio and TV Theater Arts and English major.
During her year on campus, a local fraternity sponsored her for the preliminaries of the Miss America Pageant. In swift succession she found herself Miss San Francisco, then Miss California. When her father passed away it took all her mother's persuasion to convince her she should go ahead with her plans. She went to Atlantic City and won.
"I was Miss Unconscious of 1955," says Lee. When they placed the banner on my lap, I was going to give it to the girl next to me. It just never occurred to me that I was going to win."
With the title came a scholarship offer which would enable her to continue with her education» But following her year's obligatory tour calling for personal appearances all over the United States, she was asked to become Women's Editor of the Dave Garroway national television show "Today." Pageant officials agreed to let her enroll for a four year course of study with famed drama coach Lee Strasberg, filling out any leftover time with twenty hours of dance classes a week and some singing and fencing lessons thrown in for good measure.
Her first TV appearance was for Philco, who just happened to be one of the sponsors of the Pageant. "They wrote two shows for the winner for their Philco Playhouse. When you think of what they undertook with an absolute novice, it's frightening. But I loved it. How I loved it!"
During her fourteen-month "Today" tenure, Lee supplemented her learning with actual experience by appearing in a number of TV dramas and several summers in stock. She also co-starred in a science-fiction movie.
Lee met actor Frank Aletter in New York, where he was appearing in a Broadway musical. They were married on April 20, 1958. Following their wedding, Aletter went on tour with the show and his beautiful young bride accompanied him.
The Aletters returned to her birthplace in 1960, two weeks before the arrival of their first child, Kyle, on May 31. Their second daughter, Lesley, was born on November 12, 1963.
While Frank starred in three series one after the other, Lee appeared on TV in two soap operas, made guest appearances on almost every prime time show, starred in several films and a TV series titled "Time Tunnel" and appeared in a play. As usual she squeezed a 48-hour day into 24. Things are never slow in the Aletter menage.
"It's a good thing Frank loves to cook," said Lee. "When I'm not able to make it home in time to get the dinner, he does it, I'm not an inventive cook, I'm a running-scared chicken cook. I don't fool around with recipes, I follow them exactly. Frank just grabs handfuls of ingredients, throws everything around, tasting as he goes. If I did that, I wouldn't be able to eat the meal . Mine is a staple kind of cooking; his is sheer delight."
The Meriwether-Aletter alliance was one of the town's most successful. They lived far out in the San Fernando Valley at the foot of the Granada Hills in a comfortable ranch-style home, complete with swimming pool and a Basset hound called Mumbles.
Her TV credits are impressive, in Batman Lee played a sexy Catwoman. In the seventies, Lee accepted the lead role as Barnaby Jones' secretary, by the 80's, she was chosen to play Lily Munster opposite John Schuck's Herman in the revival series The Munsters Today. By the 90's, this actress returned to soap operas and some parts on stage. After her divorce from Frank Aletter, Lee married Marshall Borden, a soap opera actor and they are still married.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Munsters Today (1988)As: Lily Munster
Barnaby Jones (1973)As: Betty Jones
The New Andy Griffith Show (1971)As: Lee Sawyer
All My Children (1970)As: Ruth Parker Martin (1996-1998; otherwise recurring)
The Time Tunnel (1966)As: Dr. Ann MacGregor
The Clear Horizon (1960)As: Enid Ross
Episode Cast Credits 

The League (2009) 
  Bro-lo El Cordero 04x09: (Dec/06/2012) As Gumma Eve, [Co-Guest Stars]

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012) 
  Sexy People 02x03: (Nov/13/2012) As Marjorie Meyers 

Hawaii Five-0 (2010) (2010) 
  Mohai (Offering) 03x05: (Nov/05/2012) As Helen Tilton 

Desperate Housewives (2004) 
  What's to Discuss, Old Friend? 08x10: (Jan/08/2012) As Doris 

All My Children (1970) 
  Ep. #10712 42x183: (Sep/23/2011) As Ruth Martin 
  Ep. #10710 42x181: (Sep/21/2011) As Ruth Martin 
  Ep. #10573 42x44: (Mar/09/2011) As Ruth 
  Ep. #10572 42x43: (Mar/08/2011) As Ruth Martin 

Wizards of Waverly Place (2007) 
  Harper Knows 02x08: (Nov/23/2008) As TV Battle Diva 

Batman (1966) 
  Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (Mar/09/2003) As Waitress in diner 
  Batman's Waterloo (2) 02x54: (Mar/09/1967) As Lisa (Lisa Carson) 
  King Tut's Coup (1) 02x53: (Mar/08/1967) As Lisa (Lisa Carson) 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Batman Unmasked: Adam West 03x54: (Aug/02/1999) As Herself 

Where Are They Now? (1999) 
  Superheroes 01x07: (Jul/21/1999) As Herself 

Duckman (1994) 
  Pig Amok 03x11: (Apr/06/1996) Voiced  Widow Liebner 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Death 'n Denial 11x13: (Jan/22/1995) As Vanessa Thorpe 
  Ship of Thieves 09x20: (May/02/1993) As Leslie Hunter 
  A Lady in the Lake 02x07: (Nov/10/1985) As Grace Overholt 

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994) 
  Batmantis 01x08: (Sep/30/1994) Voiced  Herself 

Jake and the Fatman (1987) 
  Nevertheless 04x24: (May/08/1991) As Ellen Kurtin 

Mr. Belvedere (1985) 
  Reunion 03x08: (Nov/21/1986) As Donna Flannagan 

Glitter (1984) 
  The Runaway 01x13: (Dec/26/1985) As Unknown 

Hotel (1983) 
  Cry Wolf 03x09: (Dec/25/1985) As Aunt Addie 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Roarke's Sacrifice/The Butler's Affair 07x05: (Nov/12/1983) As Lesley Darnell 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Good Neighbors/Captain's Portrait/Familiar Faces 05x15: (Jan/09/1982) As Barbara Braden 

CHiPs (1977) 
  Roller Disco (2) 03x02: (Sep/22/1979) As Herself, [Uncredited]

Time Express (1979) 
  Episode 2 01x02: (May/03/1979) As Vanessa 

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #2 01x02: (Feb/28/1977) As Herself (CBS Team) 
  Special #1 01x01: (Nov/13/1976) As Herself (CBS Team) 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  End of a Hero 07x10: (Nov/21/1971) As Liz Paquette 
  The Nightmare 04x07: (Nov/10/1968) As Marian Converse 
  The Giant Killer 01x10: (Nov/21/1965) As Joanna Laurens 
  Courage of a Conviction 01x08: (Nov/07/1965) As Joanna Laurens 

The Immortal (1970) (1970) 
  The Queen's Gambit 01x08: (Nov/12/1970) As Sigrid Bergen 

Family Affair (1966) (1966) 
  Stamp of Approval 05x08: (Nov/05/1970) As Claudia Wells 
  First Love 02x02: (Sep/18/1967) As Lise Lowell 

Nanny and the Professor (1970) 
  An Element of Risk 01x12: (Apr/08/1970) As Marrijane Finley 

My World and Welcome to It (1969) 
  The Middle Years 01x20: (Jan/26/1970) As Mrs. Bessinger 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  The Falcon (3) 04x15: (Jan/18/1970) As Tracey 
  Submarine 04x16: (Jan/16/1970) As Tracey, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Falcon (2) 04x14: (Jan/11/1970) As Tracey 
  The Falcon (1) 04x13: (Jan/04/1970) As Tracey 

Mannix (1967) 
  A Question of Midnight 03x05: (Oct/25/1969) As Reva Daniels 

Land of the Giants (1968) 
  Rescue 01x23: (Mar/23/1969) As Mother / Mrs. Barat 

Star Trek (1966) 
  That Which Survives 03x17: (Jan/24/1969) As Losira 

The Iron Horse (1966) 
  Dealer's Choice 02x13: (Dec/09/1967) As Anne 

Vacation Playhouse (1963) 
  My Son, the Doctor 04x06: (Aug/22/1966) As Doris 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Not With a Whimper 03x16: (Jan/04/1966) As Willis Hampton 

F Troop (1965) 
  O'Rourke vs. O'Reilly 01x13: (Dec/07/1965) As Lily O'Reilly 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Cheating Chancellor 09x04: (Oct/03/1965) As Evelyn Wilcox 
  The Case of the Frustrated Folksinger 08x15: (Jan/07/1965) As Natalie Graham 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Mad, Mad, Tea Party Affair 01x18: (Feb/01/1965) As Dr. Egret, [Featuring]

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  My Name is Lisa, and I am Lost 04x17: (Jan/21/1965) As Angela Springer 
  Never is a Long Day 04x14: (Dec/31/1964) As Nurse Harper 
  Man is a Rock 04x01: (Sep/24/1964) As Nurse Adams 
  The Child Between 03x23: (Mar/05/1964) As Nurse Johnson 

The Jack Benny Program (1950) 
  Jack Jones Show 15x15: (Jan/08/1965) As Secretary 
  Andy Williams Show 15x03: (Oct/09/1964) As Mother 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Double Jeopardy 02x12: (Jan/08/1965) As Piper's Secretary 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  This is Going to Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You 04x19: (Feb/14/1964) As Jeanelle 

Alcoa Premiere (1961) 
  Whatever Happened to Miss Illinois 02x08: (Nov/22/1962) As Kerry 

Leave It to Beaver (1957) 
  Community Chest 04x33: (May/13/1961) As Woman #2 

Bringing Up Buddy (1960) 
  Buddy and the Amazon 01x25: (Apr/17/1961) As Gloria Arnold 

Omnibus (US) (1952) 
  Mrs. McThing 06x08: (Mar/09/1958) As Beautiful Witch 

Dragnet (1951) (1951) 
  The Big Rip 07x21: (Feb/20/1958) As Vicki Tearson 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Rod Matthews 04x15: (Jan/01/1958) As Nancy 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  The Miss America Story 08x01: (Sep/04/1955) As guest star 
  Run, Girl, Run 07x08: (Dec/26/1954) As guest star 

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #224 06x02: (Sep/12/1954) As Mystery Guest #1 
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