Michele Lee


Actor

About

Also Known As
Michele Lee Dusiak
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
June 24, 1942

Biography

Perky brunette stage and TV actor, whose career began in her late teens, Lee made her Broadway debut in David Merrick's "Vintage '60" (1960) at age 18 and went on to plum roles in such long-running hits as "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1962), reprising her role in the 1967 screen version, and "Seesaw" (1973), the musical adaptation of "Two for the Seesaw," for which...

Biography

Perky brunette stage and TV actor, whose career began in her late teens, Lee made her Broadway debut in David Merrick's "Vintage '60" (1960) at age 18 and went on to plum roles in such long-running hits as "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1962), reprising her role in the 1967 screen version, and "Seesaw" (1973), the musical adaptation of "Two for the Seesaw," for which she received Drama Desk and Outer Circle Critics Awards and a Tony nomination.

On the big screen, Lee had leads in Disney's slapstick fantasy "The Love Bug" (1969), about a Volkswagen with a mind of its own, and "The Comic" (1969), an uneven serio-comedy about a destructive comedian co-starring Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney. In the late 1970s, Lee landed a regular role on the CBS nighttime soap opera "Knots Landing" playing Karen MacKenzie and appeared in every episode until the series folded at the end of the 1992-1993 season.

Lee has guested or starred on numerous TV variety shows and has made dramatic appearances in several TV-movies. She has also maintained a busy singing career appearing in nightclubs around the country and cutting a number of singles and albums for Columbia Records. Lee directed episodes of "Knots Landing" during the show's final seasons. She co-wrote, executive produced, directed and starred in the 1996 Lifetime telefilm "Color Me Perfect."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Color Me Perfect (1996)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Along Came Polly (2004)
Get Bruce (1999)
Herself
A Murder on Shadow Mountain (1999)
Barbara Traynor
The Scandalous Me: Jacqueline Susann Story (1998)
Jacqueline Susann
Color Me Perfect (1996)
Dina Blake
Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)
Neil Simon's Broadway Bound (1992)
Blanche
When No One Would Listen (1992)
Jessica Cochran
My Son Johnny (1991)
Fatal Image (1990)
Single Women, Married Men (1989)
Susan Parmel
A Letter to Three Wives (1985)
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
Narrator
Bud and Lou (1978)
Dark Victory (1976)
Only With Married Men (1974)
The Comic (1969)
Mary Gibson
The Love Bug (1969)
Carole
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
Rosemary Pilkington

Writer (Feature Film)

Color Me Perfect (1996)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Scandalous Me: Jacqueline Susann Story (1998)
Executive Producer
Color Me Perfect (1996)
Executive Producer
Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)
Executive Producer
When No One Would Listen (1992)
Executive Producer
Single Women, Married Men (1989)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Accountant
Get Bruce (1999)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics (2008)
Herself
100 Years of Hope and Humor (2003)
7th Annual Prism Awards (2003)
An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre (2003)
Intimate Portrait: Michelle Phillips (2003)
Intimate Portrait: Sharon Gless (2001)
The 74th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2000)
Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face (2000)
Intimate Portrait: Michele Lee (1999)
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary (1997)
The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame (1996)
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Presenter
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards (1995)
Presenter
The 49th Annual Tony Awards (1995)
Presenter
1994 People's Choice Awards (1994)
Presenter
50th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1993)
Presenter
Knots Landing Block Party (1993)
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards (1993)
Presenter
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards (1992)
Presenter
Holiday Greetings from the Ed Sullivan Show (1992)
Soap Opera Awards (1991)
Performer
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards (1991)
Performer
You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! (1990)
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards (1990)
Performer
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards (1989)
119th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (1989)
Host
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards (1988)
Performer
Soap Opera Digest Awards (1988)
Performer
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards (1987)
Presenter
Lifetime Salutes Mom (1987)
All-Star Party For Joan Collins (1987)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1986)
Performer
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards (1986)
Performer
The 38th Annual Emmy Awards (1986)
Performer
All Star Party for Clint Eastwood (1986)
The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards (1985)
Performer
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1985)
Performer
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
Parade of Stars (1983)
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade (1983)
Host (Hawaii)
The Magic of David Copperfield (1983)
Guest
CBS' HAPPY NEW YEAR AMERICA (1983)
Host (Times Square)
Circus of the Stars (1983)
Perry Como's Christmas in New York (1983)
Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary (1982)
Mother
I Love Liberty (1982)
Bonnie and the Franklins (1982)
Battle of the Network Stars X (1981)
The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day (1981)
Circus of the Stars (1980)
Over and Out (1976)
Captain Betty Jack Daniels
Rickles (1975)
The Confessions of Dick Van Dyke (1975)
Lights, Camera, Monty! (1975)
Perry Como's Summer of '74 (1974)
The Glen Campbell Special: The Musical West (1974)
The Michele Lee Show (1974)
Michele Burton
Ed Sullivan's Broadway (1973)
Of Thee I Sing (1972)
Diana Devereaux
Singles (1972)
Michele
Make Mine Red, White, and Blue (1972)
The First Nine Months Are the Hardest (1971)

Music (Special)

119th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (1989)
Song Performer ("Need A Hero")
I Love Liberty (1982)
Song Performer
The Michele Lee Show (1974)
Theme Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac (1997)

Life Events

1960

Stage debut, Los Angeles production of David Merrick's "Vintage '60"

1960

Broadway debut, David Merrick's "Vintage '60"

1962

Originated role of Rosemary in stage musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

1963

Made TV debut on "The Danny Kaye Show"

1967

Film debut reprising stage role in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

1973

Replaced Lanie Kazan in Broadway musical "Seesaw"

1979

TV series debut, regular role of Karen MacKenzie on "Knots Landing" (CBS)

1990

TV directing debut, "Knots Landing" episode

1996

Directed, co-wrote, executive produced and starred in "Color Me Perfect", a Lifetime TV-movie

1998

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November 19)

1998

Played title role in the USA Network biopic "Sandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story"; also executive produced

2000

Returned to the New York stage in production of "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife"; show originated Off-Broadway and then moved to Broadway in fall

Photo Collections

The Love Bug - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's The Love Bug (1969). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Been a Long Day Smitty (Kay Reynolds) plays matchmaker and joins Ponty (Robert Morse) and Rosemary (Michele Lee) in Frank Loesser's "Been A Long Day" in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1967.
Comic, The (1969) - Yankee Yokel From a montage of his silent movie hits, the deceased Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) narrates into a Civil War comedy with sidekick Cockeye (Mickey Rooney) and trouble with spouse Mary (Michele Lee) in Carl Reiner's The Comic, 1969.
Comic, The (1969) - Be Funny! Vaudeville comedian Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) preparing for his first movie shoot, with co-star and wife-to-be Mary (Michele Lee) and director Frank (Cornel Wilde), early in Carl Reiner's The Comic, 1969.
Comic, The (1969) - Love, Honor And Oh Boy! Narrating from his casket, silent film comic Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) on his wedding with co-star Mary (Michele Lee) and the movies that followed, from Carl Reiner's The Comic, 1969.
Love Bug, The - Cheap Honest Transportation Race-driver Jim (Dean Jones) clashes with Thorndyke (David Tomlinson) as Carole (Michele Lee) mediates and "Herbie" makes his first appearance in Disney's The Love Bug, 1969.
Age of Believing - Opening From the TCM Original Documentary The Age of Believing: The Disney Live-Action Classics, 2008, Leonard Maltin, Kurt Russell, Dick Van Dyke, Michele Lee and others with opening comments.
Love Bug, The - We're All Prisoners Sales-lady Carole (Michele Lee) considers Jim's (Dean Jones) complaint as they test drive the irrepressible "Herbie" in Disney's The Love Bug, 1969.
Love Bug, The - Jackrabbit Springs Thorndyke (David Tomlinson) and Carole (Michele Lee) spectate as Jim (Dean Jones) races "Herbie" with an assist from Tennessee Steinmetz (Buddy Hackett) in The Love Bug, 1969.

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