Suzanne Pleshette

One Catwoman who never was

Suzanne Pleshette, the original choice for Catwoman

Born: 31 January 1937 in New York, New York, USA
Died: 19 January 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Julie Newmar was not William Dozier’s first choice to play Catwoman. He originally had in mind a 28-year-old actress from New York named Suzanne Pleshette.

And Ms. Pleshette would have become the Feline Fatale in the Batman television series. However, negotiations fell through, and Mr. Dozier ended up with Ms. Newmar. Though she never donned a Catsuit, she definitely deserves a mention.

Born in New York, NY, Ms. Pleshette attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY before beginning her acting career in 1957. By the time Batman went on the air in 1966, she was a well-established performer. By this time, she had acted on stage, most notably as Anne Bancroft’s replacement in The Miracle Worker. She also had acted in movies (The Birds, 1963; The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, 1967) and television (The FBI).

Suzanne Pleshette would finally hit her stride in the 1972-78 CBS series, The Bob Newhart Show, as the main character’s wife, Emily. Ms. Pleshette remained busy in acting through 2004. She died from respiratory failure on Saturday, 19 January 2008, a result from lung cancer. Her third husband, Tom Poston, died on 30 April 2007.

This page updated on 26 August 2011.

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