Thursday, March 11, 2010

3/11 - Actress Michele Lee

Michele LeeMichele Lee (born June 24, 1942) is an American singer, dancer, actress, producer , director and frequent game show panelist of the 1970s. She is best-known for her role as Karen Cooper Fairgate MacKenzie on the 1980s prime-time soap opera , Knots Landing . She also co-starred with Dean Jones in the 1968 Disney film, The Love Bug . Lee was born Michelle Lee Dusick in Los Angeles, California , the daughter of Sylvia Helen (née Silverstein) and Jack Dusick, a make-up artist. [1] Lee began her career on television in an episode of the late 1950s sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis . She attended Alexander Hamilton High School where she became popular with her class, she in turn also attended the same high school as did Joel Siegel , Al Michaels and Michelle Phillips (who would later co-star with her in Knots Landing ) did. When she was 18, after graduation from high school, she auditioned for the Broadway play Vintage '60. She began appearing in musicals, becoming a star on Broadway at the age of 19 in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the role of "Rosemary", opposite Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee , a role she reprised in the film version. She also appeared in more plays, such as the Los Angeles production of Jerry Herman 's Parade and the Broadway productions of Bravo Giovanni and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife .

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