Birth Name: Lee Meriwether
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Phoenix and then San Francisco, Meriwether attended George Washington High School with Johnny Mathis. While attending San Francisco City College, she was nominated by a fraternity as Miss San Francisco, won that title, as well as Miss California, and then Miss America. (Although the latter title was bittersweet as her father passed away shortly before she won.) After serving her term, Meriwether joined "Today" and also had her first TV acting job on an episode of "Philco Playhouse". She continued guesting on TV until 1960 when, for two years, she played the wife of an astronaut on the CBS daytime drama "The Clear Horizon". Meriwether then returned to L.A., ...