'Knots Landing': Where Is Michele Lee Today?

Michele Lee as "Karen Fairgate MacKenzie"
August 13, 2019 - 14:32 / Clemens Fanger

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? 

The series Knots Landing is a spin-off of Dallas and was 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 became overnight superstars. Lee played "Karen Fairgate MacKenzie", mother of "Diana" (Claudia Lonow), "Eric" (Steve Shaw, †25) and "Michael" (Patrick Petersen). 

Michelle 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 Michelle Lee found love again with writer and producer Fred Rappaport, whom she has been married to since 1987.

Michelle Lee: Her time after Knots Landing

After Knots Landing finished in 1993 , the 76-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 76, she still looks stunning!