Lee Meriwether


Archivists will continually remind you that Lee was successively: Miss San Francisco, Miss California and Miss America. And though most know Lee as “Betty” in the highly successful CBS series, Barnaby Jones, where she co-starred opposite Buddy Ebsen for eight years, and was nominated for both the Golden Globe and the Emmy for her work on that show, Lee has had starring or recurring roles in no less than nine different series, ranging from the first women’s editor with Dave Garroway on the original Today Show on NBC to her three year run as Lily on The Munsters Today for Universal. Some of Lee’s successful series include: Time Tunnel, The New Andy Griffith Show, Mission: Impossible, The F.B.I., 12 O’Clock High, and Dr. Kildare.

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Birth date: May 27 ????
Height: 5'7"
Weight: Guess!
Hair: Silver
Eyes: Blue/Green


  • 4-D Man  
  • Courtship of Eddie's Father  
  • Namu, the Killer Whale
    (a/k/a Namu, My Best Friend)  
  • Batman: The Movie  
  • Angel in My Pocket  
  • Legend of Lylah Clare  
  • The Undefeated  
  • Touching Home  
  • The Brothers O'Toole  
  • The Ultimate Gift  
  • Much Ado About Middle School  


  • Alone Together
  • Angel Street (Gaslight)
  • The Artful Lodgers
  • Baby Cradle & All
  • Barefoot in the Park
  • The Business of Murder
  • Dial M for Murder
  • Elinore Adjusting
  • Gingerbread Lady
  • Ladies of Hanover Tower
  • Last Summer at Blue Fish Cove
  • Love Letters
  • The Odd Couple (Female Version)
  • Our Town (The Stage Manager)
  • Picnic
  • Play it Again, Sam
  • Plaza Suite (3 National tours)
  • Rockers
  • Social Security
  • Spoon River Anthology
  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • The Women of Spoon River: Their Voices from the Hill


  • Betty Garrett, Closet Songwriter
  • A Little Night Music
  • Follies
  • Gilligan's Island: The Musical
  • Hello Dolly
  • I Do, I Do
  • I Remember You
  • The King and I
  • Mame
  • Nunsense (20th Anniv. National Tour)
  • The Pirates of Penzance


  • Today Show (1st Woman's Editor on air)
  • Dr. Kildare  
  • The F.B.I.  
  • 12 O'clock High  
  • Mission Impossible (IMF Member)  
  • Time Tunnel (co-star)  
  • New Andy Griffith Show (co-star)  
  • Barnaby Jones (co-star 8 yrs)  
  • The Munsters Today (star 3 yrs)  


  • Tourist  
  • Mirror Mirror  
  • Having Babies II  
  • Cruise Into Terror  
  • True Grit: Further Adventures of Rooster Cogburn
  • The Third Cry
  • Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt  


  • Real Estate Digest


  • Thanksgiving Day Mistresses


  • Circus of the Stars (4 years)
    • Slant wire/motorcycle 360 revolve with Peter Fonda
    • Flying Trapeze with daughter Lesley
    • High Wire solo
    • Double Trap act neck to neck with daughter Kyle
  • Dean Martin's Christmas show (duet with Dean and solo song with dance routine)
  • Miss America Pageant (various years) Co-Host with musical numbers
  • Jonathan Winters Showtime Comedy Special (Stock company player)
  • Andy Griffith/Don Knott Musical Special with Janet Leigh
  • The Jeffrey Foundation Film


  • Clear Horizon
  • The Young Marrieds
  • All My Children


  • Masquerade Party II (Panelist for entire series)
  • Crosswits
  • Hollywood Squares
  • All Star Secrets
  • Match Game
  • Password
  • Password Plus
  • $20,000 Pyramid


  • Hollywood Christmas Parade (10 Yrs)
  • C.B.S. Thanksgiving Parade (2 Yrs)
  • Birth Defects film
  • Heart Care w/ Rape Crisis film
  • Crippled Children Society film
  • Christmas at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • Government Waste Watch Journal


  • Beat the Heat
  • Staying Fit
  • Fit for Life


  • Adorn
  • Campbell Soup
  • Pepper Shot
  • The Boston Stores


  • Vikki LaMotta Cosmetics
  • Slim Patch: Slim for Life
  • The Stimulator: Pain Free
  • Alien Golf Power Wedge


  • Cooking Across America CBN
  • House Hold Tips CBN

  • Sarah Coventry Jewelry


  • Cosmetrics: The Natural Face-Lift


  • "Second Child" John Saul, Bantam Audio
  • "Shadows" John Saul, Bantam Audio
  • "Guardian" Random House Audio
  • "Black Lightning" Random House Audio
  • "Blackstone Chronicles" Random House Audio
  • "The Presence" Random House Audio
  • "The Right Hand of Evil" Random House Audio
  • "Nightshade" Random House Audio
  • "The Manhattan Hunt Club" Random House Audio
  • "Midnight Voices" Random House Audio
  • "Black Creek Crossing" Random House Audio
  • "The Longings of Women" by Marge Piercy, Time Warner
  • "Serving in Silence" by Margarethe Cammermeyer, Penguin HighBridge Audio
  • "The Gift of Dragons" by Anne McCaffrey, Random House Audio
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: The Guns of the Patriots ("Big Mama")


  • Miss San Francisco
  • Miss California
  • Miss America
  • Headliner Award - TV Performer of the Year
  • Emmy Nominee
  • Golden Globe Nominee
  • Angel of the Year - Women in Show Business (twice)
  • Genii Award - American Women in Radio and Television
  • Drama Logue Award - Best Actress
  • San Francisco Bay Area Critics Awards