- Holds the record for the greatest number of consecutive appearances by a leading actress in an hour-long primetime dramatic series, for her 344 appearances on Knots Landing.
- Born at 1:25am-PWT
- Mother of David Farentino.
- The first woman in television history to write, produce, direct and star in an original two hour movie ("Color Me Perfect"). 
- Daughter of makeup artist Jack Dusick.
- Graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1960.
- Was a dancer and a singer before becoming an actress.
- After the death of her parents, David Jacobs (creator of Dallas) and producer Michael Filerman had approached her on one of her movies, "Bud & Lou", in which she wasn't doing any singing/dancing and 2 weeks later, asked her to star in a pilot called, "Knots Landing". In fact, ever since she guest-starred in several TV shows, she was looking for a TV show to star in, perhaps a situation comedy, and instead, she ended up on a dramatic series.
- Was a heavy smoker at an earlier age.
- She participated in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
- Is a spokesperson for Parents Involved In Educating Teenagers About Alcohol.
- Is a longtime friend of former child star, Rick Schroder; she hired him to play Lee's son in one of her TV movies in the early 1990s.
- Relocated to New York in 2001.
- Danced on stage with Gregory Hines.
- Is a member of the Artists Committee of the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts.
- Her father had worked for MGM Studios in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Even during the final season of "Knots Landing" (1979) when other actors/actresses were required to be "absent" for 4 episodes, she offered to appear without pay.
- On an episode of "Knots Landing" (1979), her character removed the wedding ring. In real-life, the ring she wore was actually the one given to her by her mother. Although she and husband James Farentino had divorced, they still remain close friends.
- Chinese is her favorite food.
- Has lived in a Los Angeles house from 1963-2001.
- Is an avid jogger.
- Drinks white wine.
- Has a cat named: Kit Ten.
- Her family is Russian-Polish.
- Dottie West became her idol, and she later played the late country singer's life in a TV movie.
- Game show legends, Chuck Barris and Bill Cullen became favorites of hers.
- Appeared alongside Bill Bixby on the pilot of a 1970s trashy game show "Cop Out," that has never aired.
- Is a longtime friend of the late Bill Bixby, but didn't attend his funeral in Hawaii, when she was on vacation with her family.
- Wears a size 9 shoe.
- In 1996, she became the first woman to produce, direct, write and star in a motion picture made for television. "Color Me Perfect" won the Christopher Award.
- Watches every episode of "60 Minutes" (1968).
- Imagine by John Lennon is one of her favorite songs.
- The only time she worked with Bob Hope was on Broadway.
- Was voted the best entertainer in high school.
- Her first car was a Plymouth convertible.
- Loves to travel to St. Martin (in the Caribbean), and the Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
- Is an avid Beatle fan.
- Shares the same birthday and was born in the same city as Bruce Johnston.
- Her father worked with popular actors, Clint Eastwood, and Richard Chamberlain, before his death in early 1970.
- Met her first husband James Farentino, after she starred in a 1961 Broadway musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
- Has twice been nominated for Broadway's Tony Awards: in 1974 as Best Actress (Musical) for "Seesaw," and in 2001 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "A Tale of the Allergist's Wife."
- Had a clause in her "Knots Landing" contract that her character would never be a grandmother.
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