Meow! LEE MERIWETHER Picks the Greatest Catwoman

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:

Three Catwomen!

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…

Her pick?

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.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. No matter what,Julie was the best,I don’t care if she didn’t pur as Eartha did..and she was the sexiest. Just one guys opinion

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  2. Julie is Catwoman imho. Michelle is a close second ❤️

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  3. It makes you wonder, though, if Batman is so smart, why didn’t he seem to notice that Catwoman went from being a tall, white woman (Newmar/Meriwether) to a petite, black woman (Kitt)? I must say, however, that even though I thought Eartha Kitt was the most feline of the three, Julie Newmar is still my favorite Catwoman of the sixties.

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