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|Michele Lee Biography and Filmography
Birthday: June 24, 1942
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5' 8"
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Barely 20-years old, singer/actress Michele Lee first captivated Broadway in 1962 when she replaced Bonnie Scott as Rosemary Pilkington in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Michele remained with the show until 1964, then repeated her role in the 1967 film version. After playing innocuous leading ladies in Disney's The Love Bug (1968) and Carl Reiner's The Comic (1969), she returned to the stage, winning an Outer Circle Critics Award and a Tony nomination for her performance in the 1973 musical Seesaw. She went on to play Mrs. Lou Costello in the 1978 TV biopic Bud and Lou, then in 1979 landed her signature role: Karen Fairgate McKenzie on the nighttime soap opera Knot's Landing. During her 14-year run on this series, she was honored with dozens of industry and fan-magazine awards, including the coveted Emmy. In 1995, she scored a personal triumph (and revealed a whole new facet of her singing skills) in the title role of the made-for-TV biopic Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995). From 1966 to 1983, Michele Lee was married to actor James Farentino.
- Holds the record for the greatest number of consecutive appearances by a leading actress in an hour-long primetime dramatic series, for her 344 appearances on Knots Landing.
- Born at 1:25am-PWT
- Mother of David Farentino.
- The first woman in television history to write, produce, direct and star in an original two hour movie ("Color Me Perfect"). 
- Daughter of makeup artist Jack Dusick.
- Graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1960.
- Was a dancer and a singer before becoming an actress.
- After the death of her parents, David Jacobs (creator of Dallas) and producer Michael Filerman had approached her on one of her movies, "Bud & Lou", in which she wasn't doing any singing/dancing and 2 weeks later, asked her to star in a pilot called, "Knots Landing". In fact, ever since she guest-starred in several TV shows, she was looking for a TV show to star in, perhaps a situation comedy, and instead, she ended up on a dramatic series.
- Was a heavy smoker at an earlier age.
- She participated in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
- Is a spokesperson for Parents Involved In Educating Teenagers About Alcohol.
- Is a longtime friend of former child star, Rick Schroder; she hired him to play Lee's son in one of her TV movies in the early 1990s.
- Relocated to New York in 2001.
- Danced on stage with Gregory Hines.
- Is a member of the Artists Committee of the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts.
- Her father had worked for MGM Studios in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Even during the final season of "Knots Landing" (1979) when other actors/actresses were required to be "absent" for 4 episodes, she offered to appear without pay.
- On an episode of "Knots Landing" (1979), her character removed the wedding ring. In real-life, the ring she wore was actually the one given to her by her mother. Although she and husband James Farentino had divorced, they still remain close friends.
- Chinese is her favorite food.
- Has lived in a Los Angeles house from 1963-2001.
- Is an avid jogger.
- Drinks white wine.
- Has a cat named: Kit Ten.
- Her family is Russian-Polish.
- Dottie West became her idol, and she later played the late country singer's life in a TV movie.
- Game show legends, Chuck Barris and Bill Cullen became favorites of hers.
- Appeared alongside Bill Bixby on the pilot of a 1970s trashy game show "Cop Out," that has never aired.
- Is a longtime friend of the late Bill Bixby, but didn't attend his funeral in Hawaii, when she was on vacation with her family.
- Wears a size 9 shoe.
- In 1996, she became the first woman to produce, direct, write and star in a motion picture made for television. "Color Me Perfect" won the Christopher Award.
- Watches every episode of "60 Minutes" (1968).
- Imagine by John Lennon is one of her favorite songs.
- The only time she worked with Bob Hope was on Broadway.
- Was voted the best entertainer in high school.
- Her first car was a Plymouth convertible.
- Loves to travel to St. Martin (in the Caribbean), and the Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
- Is an avid Beatle fan.
- Shares the same birthday and was born in the same city as Bruce Johnston.
- Her father worked with popular actors, Clint Eastwood, and Richard Chamberlain, before his death in early 1970.
- Met her first husband James Farentino, after she starred in a 1961 Broadway musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
- Has twice been nominated for Broadway's Tony Awards: in 1974 as Best Actress (Musical) for "Seesaw," and in 2001 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "A Tale of the Allergist's Wife."
- Had a clause in her "Knots Landing" contract that her character would never be a grandmother.