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Catwoman (Lee Meriwether)

Lee Meriwether as Catwoman in the 1966 Batman movie

Date of birth and location
27 May 1935
Los Angeles, California, USA

Julie Newmar who had played Catwoman in the first season of Batman was unavalible to play the character in the 1966 Batman Movie due to other film commitments. So Julie was replaced by Lee Meriwether as Catwoman. Before playing the role she was best known for being Miss America of 1955 but the Batman Movie was really her first major on screen performance. After her appearance as Catwoman she had great success playing Doctor Anne MacGregor in the sci-fi series “The Time Tunnel”. After which she had appearances on various other TV shows including; “Star Trek”, “Murder She Wrote”, “Mission Impossible” and “Barnaby Jones”. Not forgetting her appearance in the Batman TV series as Lisa Carson in the second season episodes “King Tut’s Coup/Batman’s Waterloo”. Where she was kidnapped by King Tut and held for ransom as she was the daughter of a rich Gotham City socialite.

Catwoman in the 1966 Batman Movie played by Lee Meriwether Lee Meriwether in the Time Tunnel

Lee’s Catwoman took a more serious approach than Julie’s. Meaning that Julie would like to tease/play around with Batman in her catacombs etc.. But Lee on the other hand took a more hard lined approach and appeared to be the leader of the United Underworld in the Movie. She also disguised herself as Miss Kitka a journalist from the “Moscow Bugel”. Unlike Julie or Eartha who both had a Catwoman vehicle, Lee never but we do learn the name of her cat who is called Hecate.

Behind the scenes of the Batman Movie.
Behind the scenes of the Batman Movie.