Lee, Michele 1942-

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Lee, Michele 1942-


Full name, Michele Lee Dusick; born June 24, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA; daughter of Jack (a make-up artist) and Sylvia Helen (maiden name, Silverstein) Dusick; married James Farentino (an actor), February 20, 1966 (divorced, 1983); married Fred Rappaport (a television executive), September 27, 1987; children: (first marriage) David Michael (an actor). Education: Graduated from Hamilton High School, 1960; studied acting with Jeff Corey. Avocational Interests: Painting, sculpture, piano, writing, riding, and swimming.


Office—Michele Lee Productions, 10866 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Agent—TalentWorks, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA 91505.


Actress, producer, director, and screenwriter. Michele Lee Productions (a production company), Los Angeles, founder and president. The Entertainment Industries Council, cofounder; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, member of artists committee. Parents Involved in Educating Teenagers About Alcohol, spokesperson.

Awards, Honors:

Star of Tomorrow Award, Motion Picture Exhibitors of U.S. and Canada, 1967; Motion Picture Herald Fame Award, 1967; Drama Desk Award, outstanding performance, Outer Circle Critics Award, best actress in a musical, 1973, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, 1974, all for Seesaw; Emmy Award nomination, best lead actress in a dramatic series, 1982, Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding actress in a leading role on a prime time serial, 1986, Soap Opera Digest Awards, favorite super couple—prime time (with Kevin Dobson), 1986, 1988, and outstanding lead actress—prime time, 1988, 1991, 1992, all for Knot's Landing; Christopher Award, Gracie Allen Award, 1997, both for Color Me Perfect; Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1998; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actress in a play, 2001, for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Star of Tomorrow Award, National Association of Theatre Owners, for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (film).


Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Vintage '60 (review), Ivar Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 1960.

(New York debut) Vintage '60 (review), Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1960.

Miranda, Bravo Giovanni, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Rosemary, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Gittle Mosca, Seesaw, Uris Theatre, New York City, 1973, then St. Louis, MO, 1974.

The Big Knife, Chicago, IL, 1976.

Nellie, South Pacific, Atlanta, GA, 1977.

Lola, Damn Yankees, St. Louis, MO, 1978.

Lee, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 2000-2002.

Stage Director:

Oliver, San Jose Civic Light Opera, San Jose, CA, 1978.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Rosemary Pilkington, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, (also known as How to Succeed in Business …), United Artists, 1967.

Carole Bennett (Miss Bennett), The Love Bug, Buena Vista, 1969.

Mary Gibson, The Comic (also known as Billy Bright), Columbia, 1969.

Narrator, Nutcracker Fantasy, Sanrio Film Distributors, 1979.

Herself, Get Bruce (also known as Get Bruce!), 1999.

Herself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age, and Broadway: The Movie; documentary), Dada Films, 2003.

Herself, That Loveable Bug (documentary short), Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2003.

Vivian Feffer, Along Came Polly, Universal, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Karen Fairgate Mackenzie, Knot's Landing, CBS, 1979-93.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Karen MacKenzie, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, CBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Diana Devereaux, Of Thee I Sing, CBS, 1972.

Jill Garrett, Only with Married Men, ABC, 1974.

Dolores Marsh, Dark Victory, NBC, 1976.

Anne Costello, Bud and Lou, NBC, 1978.

Rita Phipps, A Letter to Three Wives, NBC, 1985.

Susan Parmel, Single Women, Married Men, CBS, 1989.

Barbara Brennan, The Fatal Image (also known as French Kill and Meurtre en video), CBS, 1990.

Mary Anne, My Son Johnny (also known as Bad Seed), CBS, 1991.

Blanche, Broadway Bound (also known as Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound"), ABC, 1992.

Jessica Cochran, When No One Would Listen, CBS, 1993.

Dottie West, Big Dreams Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, CBS, 1995.

Dina Blake, Color Me Perfect, Lifetime, 1996.

Jacqueline Susann, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (also known as Jacqueline Susann, la scandaleuse), USA Network, 1998.

Barbara Traynor, A Murder on Shadow Mountain, CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Michele, Singles, CBS, 1972.

Michele Burton, The Michele Lee Show, CBS, 1974.

Captain Betty Jack Daniels, Over and Out, NBC, 1976.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, Romp!!!, 1968.

Stephanie, Roberta, NBC, 1969.

The World of Pizzazz, 1969.

John Dos Passos, U.S.A., 1970.

Second wife, The First Nine Months Are the Hardest, 1971.

Make Mine Red, White and Blue, NBC, 1972.

Norman Rockwell Special, 1973.

Ed Sullivan's Broadway, CBS, 1973.

Presenter, The 27th Annual Tony Awards, ABC, 1973.

The Glen Campbell Special: The Musical West, NBC, 1974.

The Antoinette Perry Award Show, 1974.

Perry Como's Summer of '74, CBS, 1974.

The Don Rickles Special, 1975.

Rickles, CBS, 1975.

The Confessions of Dick Van Dyke, ABC, 1975.

Don Rickles: Buy This Tape You Hockey Puck, 1975.

Lights, Camera, Monty!, ABC, 1975.

Host, The 30th Annual Tony Awards, ABC, 1976.

Hollywood Diamond Jubilee, 1977.

Circus of the Stars #5, CBS, 1980.

NBC Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1981.

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars X, ABC, 1981.

All-Star Salute to Mother's Day, NBC, 1981.

The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards, CBS, 1982.

Night of 100 Stars, 1982.

I Love Liberty, ABC, 1982.

Presenter, The 36th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1982.

Mrs. Lane, Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary Special (also known as Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary), CBS, 1982.

Bonnie and the Franklins, CBS, 1982.

Perry Como's Christmas in New York, ABC, 1983.

The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statute of Liberty Disappears (also known as The Magic of David Copperfield), CBS, 1983.

Parade of the Stars, ABC, 1983.

Antoinette Perry Award Show, 1983.

Circus of the Stars #8, CBS, 1983.

All-Star Party for Frank Sinatra, 1983.

Host (Times Square), CBS' Happy New Year America 1983, CBS, 1983.

Host (Hawaii), CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade, CBS, 1983.

The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration, CBS, 1984.

Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985.

Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz, 1985.

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1985.

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985.

The Television Academy Hall of Fame, NBC, 1986.

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1986.

All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood, CBS, 1986.

The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1986.

All-Star Party for Joan Collins, CBS, 1987.

Presenter, The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1987.

Lifetime Salutes Mom, Lifetime, 1987.

Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, ABC, 1987.

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1988.

Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1988.

Cohost, The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1989.

Host, The 119th Edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, CBS, 1989.

Host, You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown (also known as Celebrating 40 Years in the Comics and 25 Years on Television), CBS, 1990.

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1990.

Soap Opera Awards, NBC, 1991.

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1991.

Presenter, The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1992.

Holiday Greetings from "The Ed Sullivan Show," CBS, 1992.

Presenter, The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1993.

The "Knots Landing" Block Party, CBS, 1993.

Presenter, The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1993.

Presenter, The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1994.

Presenter, The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1995.

Presenter, The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1995.

Presenter, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1995.

Presenter, The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame, CBS, 1996.

50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary, HBO, 1997.

Intimate Portrait: Michele Lee, Lifetime, 1999.

Voice of Cousin Mel, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, The WB, 2000.

The 74th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 2000.

Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

AMC Backstory: Valley of the Dolls (documentary), AMC, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Gless, Lifetime, 2001.

Performer, The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS and PBS, 2001.

Headliners & Legends: Halle Berry, MSNBC, 2001.

Performer, The 56th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2002.

Intimate Portrait: Michelle Phillips, Lifetime, 2002.

Intimate Portrait: Joan Van Ark, Lifetime, 2002.

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 2003.

The 7th Annual Prism Awards, FX Channel, 2003.

100 Years of Hope and Humor, NBC, 2003.

CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

"Knots Landing" Reunion: Together Again, CBS, 2005.

Presenter, The 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Lila, "Crazylegs Gillis," The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, 1961.

The Danny Kaye Show, 1963.

Pantomime Quiz (also known as Mike Stokey's "Pantomime Quiz" and Stump the Stars), 1963.

What's My Line?, 1967.

Snap Judgment, 1967, 1968.

The Match Game, 1967, 1968.

"Class of '68," The Kraft Music Hall, 1968.

Toast of the Town (also known as The Ed Sullivan Show), 1968.

The Jerry Lewis Show, 1969.

Rowena Dancy, "Epidemic," Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), ABC, 1970.

The Val Doonican Show, 1971.

The Movie Game, 1971.

"Earl Wilson," This Is Your Life, 1971.

Joanna Lowell, "Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay," Night Gallery (also known as Rod Serling's "Night Gallery"), 1971.

Love, American Style, 1971-73.

Celebrity Bowling, 1971-75.

"The Basic Moment: Parts 1 & 2," Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), ABC, 1972.

Georgette Sinclair, "Which Way to the O.K. Corral?", Alias Smith and Jones, ABC, 1972.

Georgette Sinclair, "Don't Get Mad, Get Even," Alias Smith and Jones, ABC, 1972.

Georgette Sinclair, "Bad Night in Big Butte," Alias Smith and Jones, ABC, 1972.

Laugh-In (also known as Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In"), 1972.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1973, 1982, 1984.

Celebrity Sweepstakes, 1974, 1975, 1976.

Dinah (also known as Dinah! & Friends), 1977.

Miss Roz Rogers, "Hollywood Royalty/The Caper/The Eyes of Love/Masquerade: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Carol, "Reunion/Anniversary," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

Widow, "Musical Cabins," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Nancy Weston, "Photographs/Royal Flush," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1979.

"Pride of the Pacific/The Viking's Son/Separate Vacations/The Experiment/Getting To Know You: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

Nitecap, ABC, 1992.

Joanna Bergman, "Holy Water," Something Wilder, NBC, 1994.

Gene's ex wife, "The Ex Files," Something Wilder, NBC, 1995.

Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1998.

"Valley of the Dolls," Backstory (also known as Hollywood Backstories), AMC, 1999.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2001.

The Sandra Bernhard Experience, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Sandy, "Addicted to Love," Miss Match, NBC, 2003.

Maggie Wagner, "Kansas v. Tom's Parents," Married to the Kellys, ABC, 2004.

Lucille, "Dance Cards & Greeting Cards," Will & Grace, NBC, 2005.

Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett & Sandra Bernhard (also known as Queer Edge and Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett), 2006.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as E.T.), syndicated, 2007.

Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2008.

Television Work; Movies:

Executive producer, When No One Would Listen, CBS, 1993.

Executive producer, Big Dreams Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, CBS, 1995.

Executive producer and director, Color Me Perfect, Lifetime, 1996.

Scandalous Me: the Jacqueline Susann Story (also known as Jacqueline Susann, la scandaleuse) USA Network, 1998.

Television Director; Episodic:

Knots Landing, CBS, 1989-92.

"Giving Thanks," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1993.



"L. David Sloane," 1968.


Television Movies:

Color Me Perfect, Lifetime, 1996.


Michele Lee Website, http://www.micheleleeonline.com, September 8, 2008.

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