THEN AND NOW: On February 2, 2005, Lee Meriwether appeared as a panelist in a Los Angeles, California production of "What's My Line? - Live On Stage." Held at the Acme Theatre, the one-hour show was produced by J. Keith van Straaten and Jim Newman. Hosted by J. Keith van Straaten, the other panel members for the evening were Wil Wheaton, Patt Morrison and Carlos Alazraqui. The mystery guest was Ed Begley, Jr. Moderator J. Keith van Straaten wrote, "When Lee Meriwether was on my WML show, she told us that after her September 12, 1954 appearance, she and John Daly struck up a friendship. She said they would have lunch from time to time, with John giving her advice on her budding broadcasting career. In 1956, she was the first female correspondent on the 'Today' show." Coincidentally, GSN then aired Lee's original episode a few days later on February 5, 2005. - Suzanne (2005)
LEE MERIWETHER: From 1996-1998, and again from 2002 to the present, Lee Meriwether has played "Ruth Parker Brent Martin" in the long-running soap opera "All My Children." Lee took the role when the original cast actress, Mary Fickett, retired. Mary had played the role from 1970-1995 and again from 1998-2001. Most recently, Lee appeared in a few Christmas 2004 shows and the "All My Children 35th Anniversary" show in January 2005. She is known by many of the show's fans on the Internet as "CatRuth" because of her past role as "Catwoman" on "Batman." On one show in 1997, one of "Ruth's" sons remarked that even Miss America wasn't as pretty as their mother! - Gus S. (2005)
Tidbits: John volunteered his hosting duties last night at the Miss America Pageant. He had hoped the panel wouldn't suspect that the producers would arrange to have the new Miss America as a contestant, but when Lee walked in, Arlene mentioned that she heard the rustle of Lee's gown. Lee wore her sash and crown. John cryptically stated that Lee was "self-employed and salaried." - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Steve Allen had the night off.