Lee Meriwether, TV Batman's Other Other Catwoman, Then And Now

By | May 26, 2020

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Lee Meriwether as Catwoman in a 1966 publicity photo. Source: eBay

Where do you know Lee Meriwether from? Depending on what kind of TV you watched in the ‘60s and ‘70s you could know her from anything from Batman to Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Barnaby Jones. If you’re a fan of the pageant circuit you know that she was Miss America in 1955. She appeared on some of the most iconic shows of all time, with guest appearances on fan favorite programs stretching from the late ‘50s to the 2010s. We may not think about Lee Meriwether as one of the all time greats but this will change that because this is a woman that has not stopped working since the director called action on her first role.

She never intended to become an actress

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The incredible life of Lee Meriwether began in Los Angeles, California in 1935. She and her family moved to Phoenix when she was fairly young but they eventually settled in San Francisco. She had a fairly normal childhood and by all accounts wasn’t planning on getting into acting. She was attending school at San Francisco City College in 1954 when a fraternity entered her in the Miss San Francisco pageant. The beautiful green-eyed teenager took the title and then went on to win Miss California. Meriwether continued her winning streak when she took home the title of Miss America in 1955.