Sunday, April 21, 2024

Michele Lee Never Twerked, But She Was Miley Cyrus for A Minute


TV and Broadway star Michele Lee never Twerked, per se. But in her day, long before her 14 year run on “Knots Landing,” Michele was Miley Cyrus for a minute.

That’s right. Or maybe, shall we say, a young Streisand, or a future Taylor Dane. In between her hit musical (and movie)  “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and “Seesaw,” Michele had a pop hit. The song was called “L. David Sloane,” and it went to number 52 on Billboard and Cashbox. Here it is:


Michele– who has a sold out three night run starting tomorrow (Thursday) at 54 Below– says she recorded about 20 singles. “Sloane” was the biggest hit. She also had a couple of albums. But pop star was not in the cards. Instead, she had a massive hit with “Seesaw” and then went on to “Knots Landing,” where she was Karen MacKenzie, the nighttime soap’s central character and voice of reason while everyone else was kidnapped, impregnated, blackmailed, and adulterated.

She’ll sing “Sloane” at 54 Below, as well as the many Broadway show tunes she introduced for composers like Cy Coleman. And she’ll tell some tales about growing up in Hollywood. Her dad, Jack Dusick, was Clint Eastwood’s make up guy during Clint’s long run of early hits.

(Yes, there was a Clint Eastwood before “Unforgiven”!)

And no, Michele is not planning on writing a memoir despite many requests. I wish she would. She knows where a lot of the bodies are buried in Hollywood and on Broadway. But she’ll only tell the stories live so far. That may be why 54 Below is down to just a few seats.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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