Introducing THE LEE MERIWETHER INTERVIEWS…
One of the best gags in the recent animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders was when Batman gets whacked in the head and starts seeing triple:
Of course, it’s Julie Newmar who lent her voice to Catwoman in the movie but this was a great way of acknowledging Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt’s contributions to Batman ’66, as well.
Everyone, it seems, has their favorite Catwoman: Newmar, the most famous, who originated the role on TV; Meriwether, who stepped in when Newmar was unavailable for the 1966 movie; and Kitt, who slinked her way onto the small screen in Season 3.
Well, I got to ask Meriwether who she thought was the best. More on that in a second.
I spoke to Meriwether recently and she shared her memories of being Catwoman, as well as her time on the show itself as Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend Lisa Carson. Not only that, we discussed her appearance on Star Trek and regular turns on shows like The Time Tunnel and her most famous series, Barnaby Jones.
You can look forward to recurring installments in the weeks to come but I wanted to start you off with this little tease, when I asked her which of the three Catwomen from Batman ’66 was her favorite: Newmar, herself, or Eartha Kitt…
“Oh, absolutely. She had the voice and that purr. She could purr while talking. I could never really get that. She had that from years of singing, I think, and being a sultry woman herself. She was wonderful. I just flipped when I saw her do it. I thought she was great.”
This is just a tiny taste of our conversation, so keep an eye out for more from THE LEE MERIWETHER INTERVIEWS in the weeks to come.