Lee Meriwether

Actor, TV host
The first Miss America (1955) to pursue acting as a vocation, Lee Meriwether is best recalled as Betty Jones, the daughter-in-law and assistant to private investigator "Barnaby Jones" (CBS, 1973-1980). In 1996, she ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Silent But Deadly 2014 (Movie)

Vivian (Actor)

Today 1951 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Sunset Stories 2011 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Touching Home 2010 (Movie)

Grandma Eleanor (Actor)

Wizards of Waverly Place 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Gift 2007 (Movie)

Miss Hastings (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Homes of Miss America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Bixby: Chasing Perfection 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1966 - 1969, 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gail Sheehy's New Passages 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mom USA 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss America: Their Untold Stories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Munsters Today 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at 35 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

You Are the Jury 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss... or Myth 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Who Rate a "10" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Barnaby Jones 1972 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Mirror, Mirror 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Having Babies II 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

True Grit: A Further Adventure 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Masquerade Party 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brothers O'Toole 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The New Andy Griffith Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Looking Back 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Undefeated 1969 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Angel in My Pocket 1968 (Movie)

Mary Elizabeth (Actor)

The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 (Movie)

Young Girl (Actor)

The Time Tunnel 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Movie 1966 (Movie)

Kitka--The Catwoman (Actor)

Namu, the Killer Whale 1966 (Movie)

Kate Rand (Actor)

The Young Marrieds 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Clear Horizon 1959 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1955 Miss America Pageant 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Cruise into Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Tourist (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The first Miss America (1955) to pursue acting as a vocation, Lee Meriwether is best recalled as Betty Jones, the daughter-in-law and assistant to private investigator "Barnaby Jones" (CBS, 1973-1980). In 1996, she joined the venerable ABC daytime drama "All My Children" replacing the retiring Mary Fickett in the role of earth mother Ruth Brent Martin. Meriwether, who studied acting with Lee Strasberg, has been a regular or recurring character on nine previous TV series, including a stint as a women's editor on NBC's "Today" as well as playing Lily Munster on the syndicated "The Munsters Today" (1988-1990). She is also recalled by cultists as one of the actresses who played Catwoman in the 60s incarnation of "Batman" (ABC) and its 1966 feature.

Relationships

Ethel Meriwether

Mother

Frank Aletter

Husband
divorced

Kyle Aletter

Daughter
born in May 1960 married to Rory Oldham gave birth to duaghter Ryan Isabelle on December 30, 1993

Lesley Aletter

Daughter
born in November 1963

Marshall Borden

Husband
met when they appeared together in a stage production of "Angel Street"

Gregg Meriwether

Father

Don Meriwether

Brother
born in May 1938

EDUCATION

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco , California

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Lee Strasberg

Milestones

2007

Cast in "The Ultimate Gift" starring James Garner and Brian Dennehy

2003

Appeared in three episodes of the ABC soap "All My Children"

2001

Played Mrs. Howell in Sherwood and Lloyd J. Schwartz's "Gilligan's Island: The Musical"

1998

NYC stage acting debut in the audience participation show "Grandma Sylvia's Funeral"

1977

TV-movie debut in "Having Babies II" (ABC)

1970

Played the wife on "The New Andy Griffith Show" (CBS)

1966

Appeared as Catwoman on episodes of ABC's campy "Batman"

1960

Was series regular on "The Clear Horizon" (CBS)

1958

Feature film debut, "4-D Man"

1955

Crowned Miss America

1955

Did regular women's segments on NBC's morning program "Today"

1955

TV acting debut on episode of "Philco Playhouse" (NBC)

1955

Won Miss San Francisco and Miss California beauty pageants

Appeared on the ABC series "The Time Tunnel"

Was regular player on the syndicated show "Masquerade Party"

Played Lily Munster on the syndicated revival of "The Munsters Today"

Joined the cast of the ABC soap opera "All My Children" replacing Mary Fickett in the role of Ruth Martin

Co-starred with Buddy Ebsen on "Barnaby Jones" (CBS); received Emmy nomination for the 1976-1977 season

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