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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1935 Birth Born on May 27, 1935.


1954 19 Years Old After winning Miss San Francisco, Meriwether won Miss California 1954, then crowned Miss America in 1955 with her recital of a John Millington Synge monologue. … Read More


1955 - 1956 2 More Events
1958 23 Years Old Meriwether was married on April 20, 1958 to Frank Aletter. The couple had two daughters, actresses 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. … Read More
1961 26 Years Old In 1961, Meriwether guest starred once as Gloria in the episode "Buddy and the Amazon" on her first husband's (Frank Aletter) one-season CBS sitcom, Bringing Up Buddy. … Read More
1962 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962, she was cast as Martha Elweiss in the episode "My Child Is Yet a Stranger" on the CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show.
1963 28 Years Old From 1963 to 1965, she was cast in different roles in eight episodes of the NBC medical drama, Dr. Kildare.
1964 29 Years Old In 1964, she played the character Jeanelle in "This Is Going to Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You" on the CBS adventure series, Route 66.


1965 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1965 she appeared in an episode on The Jack Benny Program as The Secretary.
1966 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Meriwether portrayed Catwoman for the 1966 Batman movie, and 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".
1973 38 Years Old Meriwether began her best-known, award-nominated role as secretary and daughter-in-law Betty Jones in the 1973 - 1980 CBS series Barnaby Jones, opposite Buddy Ebsen. … Read More


1978 43 Years Old She starred in the 1978 television movies True Grit: A Further Adventure with Warren Oates and Cruise Into Terror, appeared on Circus of the Stars four times, and was a regular panelist on the game show Match Game.


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 1960s television show The Munsters, titled The Munsters Today, in which she starred alongside Jason Marsden, John Schuck, Howard Morton and Hilary Van Dyke. … Read More
1993 58 Years Old In 1993 she guest starred on Murder She Wrote, episode "Ship of Thieves".


1996 - 2006 5 More Events
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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