'Knots Landing': Where Is Michele Lee Today?

Michele Lee as "Karen Fairgate MacKenzie"
August 15, 2020 - 17:27 / Administrator User

Michele Lee played "Karen Fairgate MacKenzie" on the popular soap Knots Landing from 1979 to 1993 and became a household name. But what became of the actress after the series finished? Here's everything you need to know about Michele Lee!

Born on June 24, 1942, Michele Lee has done it all! The Knots Landing star is an actress, singer, dancer, producer, and director! Did you know she won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Actress in 1988, 1991, and 1992 for her role as "Karen" in Knots Landing

Knots Landing: Michele Lee's Career

The series Knots Landing is a spin-off of Dallas and aired from 1979 to 1993. From delightfully wicked scheming to epic love scenes, the series offered it all. Actors such as Donna Mills, Ted Shackelford, and Michele Lee (now 78) became overnight superstars. Lee played "Karen Fairgate MacKenzie", mother of "Diana" (Claudia Lonow), "Eric" (Steve Shaw, †25), and "Michael" (Patrick Petersen) in the series. 

Michele Lee: Her time after Knots Landing

After Knots Landing finished in 1993, the 78-year-old appeared in numerous films including The Fatal Image and You Don't Look 40 Charlie Brown. This wasn't enough for the ambitious actress though! She did not want to just stand in front of the camera but be behind it as well and she produced the fifth part of the Herbie series.

Michele Lee in 2016
Michele Lee in 2016

One of the most well-known films that she starred in recently was Along Came Polly (2004) and in 2013 she appeared in the series How to Live with Your Parents. At 78, she still looks stunning!

Michele Lee is happily married

Lee married actor James Farentino in 1966 and their son, David, was born in 1969. The couple got divorced in 1983, but Michele Lee found love again with writer and producer Fred Rappaport, whom she has been married to since 1987.