Michele Lee starred on Broadway, in feature and television films, recorded and performed with legends of the entertainment industry.
Ms. Lee is known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen Mackenzie in the landmark CBS series Knots Landing. Knots is the third-longest running prime time dramatic series in television history.
Michele Lee was discovered by David Merrick brought to Broadway and by the time she was 18 she was starring with Metropolitan Opera’s Cesare Siepe in the musical, Bravo Giovanni. This led to national recognition for her breakout role
as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Robert Morse, which led to the film version in 1967. Carl Reiner’s cult classic, The Comic with Dick Van Dyke followed, and her role in Disney’s The Love Bug
proved the be the highest grossing film of the year. Ms. Lee was most recently seen in Universal’s Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
In 1974 Michele appeared on the Broadway stage in Michael Bennett’s musical Seesaw. Her performance garnered a Tony nomination, as well as the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Award for Best Actress. In 2002 Ms. Lee completed
a long run in Charles Busch’s Broadway hit The Tale of the Allergist Wife opposite Linda Lavin and Tony Roberts. Her performance earned rave reviews and another Tony nomination.
Michele Lee became the first woman to produce, direct, write and star in a motion picture for television in 1995, and has produced numerous films for television, including CBS’s Emmy-nominated Big Dreams and Broken Hearts:
The Dottie West Story.
In 2010 Ms. Lee opened in New York in “Love, Loss & What I Wore” written by her favorite writer-director Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. A concert with Michael Feinstein followed at Carnegie Hall this past February.
Ms. Lee was presented a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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