MICHELE LEE has starred on Broadway, in feature and television films, recorded and performed in concerts and variety specials with legends of the entertainment industry.
Ms. Lee is known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen in the landmark CBS series "Knots Landing." In June she finished filming a two hour special on television's most famous Cul-de-sac. "Knots Landing: Together Again" will be seen on the CBS network in the Fall. "Knots" is now the third-longest running prime time dramatic series in history.
Ms. Lee's career began on the stage when discovered as a teen by David Merrick and brought to New York in the musical Vintage '60. At age 18, Ms. Lee starred in Bravo Giovanni with Metropolitan Opera's Cesare Siepe, which led to her breakout role as Rosemary in the original How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, opposite Robert Morse. In 1974 she appeared on the Broadway stage in Michael Bennett's musical Seesaw. Her performance won her a Tony nomination, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Award for Best Actress. In 2002, Ms. Lee completed her long run in Charles Busch's Broadway hit, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, opposite Linda Lavin and Tony Roberts. For her performance as the mysterious and enigmatic Lee Green she earned rave reviews and a Tony nomination.
Ms. Lee has starred in and produced numerous films for television, including CBS's Emmy-nominated "Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story," "When No One Would Listen," and "Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story."
In 1996, Ms. Lee became the first woman to produce, direct, write and star in a motion picture for television. "Color Me Perfect" made its debut as an "event presentation" on Lifetime Television. Michele and her film were honored with the prestigious Christopher Award, which recognizes works of art (in the areas of literature, film and television) which "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." Additionally, "Color Me Perfect" and Michele were honored with the Gracie Allen Award presented by the American Women in Television and Radio. Other television films include "Dark Victory", "Bud and Lou" and Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound".
Ms. Lee was named the NATO Star of Tomorrow for her debut in the movie version of How to Succeed... , starred with Dick Van Dyke in Carl Reiner's cult classic The Comic and in the Disney favorite The Love Bug.
Most recently Ms. Lee was seen in Universal's Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. This past August she received a Hollywood Bowl standing ovation when she starred as Mame in the Jerry Herman musical of the same name.
Ms. Lee was recently presented a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.