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Lee Meriwether

Born May 27, 1935

Lee Ann Meriwether is an American actress, former model, and the winner of the 1955 Miss America pageant. She is perhaps best known for her role as Betty Jones, Buddy Ebsen's secretary and daughter-in-law in the long-running 1970s crime drama, Barnaby Jones. The role earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations in 1975 and 1976, and an Emmy Award nomination in 1977.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lee Meriwether.


1935 Birth Born on May 27, 1935.
1938 3 Years Old She has one brother, Don Brett Meriwether, born May 14, 1938, in Los Angeles. … Read More


1955 20 Years Old Meriwether was a "Today Girl" on NBC's The Today Show in 1955-1956.
1956 21 Years Old After winning Miss San Francisco, Meriwether won Miss California, then Miss America with her recital of a John Millington Synge monologue. After her reign, she joined The Today Show. An August 1, 1956 international news wire photo of Meriwether and Joe DiMaggio announced their engagement. … Read More
1958 23 Years Old Meriwether was married on April 20, 1958 to Frank Aletter, a TV and film actor. The couple had two daughters, actors Kyle Aletter-Oldham (b. 1960) and Lesley A. Aletter (b. 1963). The union ended in divorce in 1974.
1959 24 Years Old Her feature film debut came in 1959 as Linda Davis in 4D Man, starring Robert Lansing.


1965 30 Years Old She made a cameo appearance as Dr. Egert on the TV series Man from UNCLE in a 1965 episode called "The Mad, Mad Tea Party."
1966 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Meriwether portrayed Catwoman for the 1966 Batman movie, she also appeared in two episodes of the Batman TV series in 1967 as Lisa Carson, a love interest to Bruce Wayne in the episodes 'King Tut's Coup' & 'Batman's Waterloo', at the end of which she offered Bruce Wayne a nightcap of 'Milk & Cookies'.
1969 34 Years Old In films, she joined John Wayne and Rock Hudson for The Undefeated, and Andy Griffith in Angel in My Pocket in 1969. … Read More
1971 36 Years Old Prior to her role on Barnaby Jones, Meriwether accompanied Andy Griffith in a short-lived 1971 series called The New Andy Griffith Show, as his wife Lee.


1986 51 Years Old Meriwether remarried September 21, 1986 to current husband Marshall Borden (Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live).
1988 53 Years Old Meriwether portrayed Lily Munster in the 1988-1991 revival of the hit 1960s television show The Munsters, entitled The Munsters Today, in which she starred alongside Jason Marsden, John Schuck, Howard Morton and Hilary Van Dyke. … Read More


1996 - 1999 2 More Events
2002 67 Years Old ABC decided to bring back the character of Ruth Martin in 2002 but Fickett remained in retirement, so Meriwether was brought back and remains a featured recurring performer on the show.
2003 68 Years Old In 2003, Meriwether appeared in the TV-Movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. … Read More
2006 71 Years Old In 2006, she joined James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs and others in The Ultimate Gift.
2008 73 Years Old In 2008, Meriwether had a brief cameo as comic book character Battle Diva in the episode "Harper Knows" of the Disney Channel original series Wizards of Waverly Place.
2010 75 Years Old In 2010, she was once again reunited on screen with Hollywood veteran Bill Cobbs in No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School; additionally, she voices President Winters in the video game Vanquish by Platinum Games. … Read More
2011 76 Years Old …  Meriwether had a recurring role as Ruth Martin on the daytime soap opera All My Children until the end of the series in September 2011. … Read More
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