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Catwoman's Sex Appeal

Updated on December 31, 2012



DC Comic Books

What do Julie Newmar, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Anne Hathaway have in common? These actresses, along with Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt, all played the role of ‘Catwoman’ in the Batman television series or Hollywood movies-Ms. Hathaway being the newest addition in the yet to be released, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, directed by Christopher Nolan.

Anyone growing up in the ‘50’s knew who Batman was through the literary genius presented by DC comic books. Through DC the world of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and other valiant figures, came to life. Within the colorful pages of those stories we lived fantasies of being our favorite super heroes.

Not every child had the opportunity to read comic books, but in our home it was a form of literature that my parents allowed. The message was: READ! The support was evident throughout our home and vehicles we travelled in. Books, magazines, and newspapers were found everywhere.

Within our gang of neighborhood kids we could buy, swap, and borrow the latest DC books from each other. A common scene on a rainy, Saturday afternoon was that of bodies sprawled in various poses on the basement floor and furniture, silently reading the latest adventure. The only arguments you would hear was if someone was hanging onto a book too long, refusing to pass it on.

A hero to many...

Batman | Source

Growing up with Batman

Our basement was typical of those found under the Midwest ranch houses. It created that extra living space that growing families needed. Dad was a creative genius when it came to design and kid appeal. He painted the cement walls with oversized objects, such as a Royal Flush, and profiles of a king and queen. He added a bathroom complete with a clown he made from wood ‘holding’ up the bathroom sink. It was devised to keep the sink from being torn from the wall when we would sit or stand on it, as he knew kids did. For us, it was one more example of his art work.

But, the best part of the basement for our recreational use was when he divided a third of the space as a ‘kid zone’. Then, he divided it into three individual rooms-one for each of the two sets of oldest and youngest boys, and one room for the girls.

We had the freedom to make this shared space into whatever we wanted it to be. For the older boys this meant turning their space into a replica of the Bat Cave and we all partook on the adventures that my oldest brother would masterfully create. He was Batman, and Robin was the youngest of the six; while my brother Mike, if I recall, played the Joker-a perfect role for him.

As for my sister and I-we were designated the role of ‘Catwoman’ and whoever he would create as a second female character.

Feline Sex Appeal

Those memories live on, along with the ongoing interest in the latest Batman movie and whether Catwoman will appear. From Julie Newmar’s 1966 sexy appearance as Catwoman in the television series we, as an audience, have been keenly observant of the feline costume and character that has been portrayed.

So, here is a line-up of actresses who have taken on the role of Catwoman and a description of their costume. I will leave a poll at the end of the Hub inviting you to vote for your favorite one.

Julie Newmar

Julie Newmar, 1966, starred in the Batman television series with Adam West playing Batman. Julie wore a black, metallic bodysuit, offset with a wide gold belt and medallion necklace. Add long, ‘clawed’ gloves, cat ears and black heels and you have the making of a hot, sexy feline!

Sexy Julie Newmar

Slinky Catwoman: Julie Newmar
Slinky Catwoman: Julie Newmar | Source

Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether was a former Miss America and took the first Catwoman movie role in 1966. She wore a similar outfit choosing to don a black, half mask to the attire. She had a long career on the Barnaby Jones series about the detective agency.

Miss America turned Catwoman

Purrfect Pose: Catwoman Lee Meriwether
Purrfect Pose: Catwoman Lee Meriwether | Source

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt, the songstress with the sultry sound, was the first African American to play Catwoman in the television series in 1968. Although the costume was the same, Eartha brought her own flair to the role, purring tantalizing innuendos to Batman.

Purrrfect Catwoman: Eartha Kitt

Sultry Catwoman: Eartha Kitt
Sultry Catwoman: Eartha Kitt | Source

Michelle Peiffer

Then came Michelle Pfeiffer in a sleek new look. The metallic body suit was replaced with a smooth costume made of a material that looked like rubber. A full head mask replaced the ears and half mask; short, full tipped gloves and a bodice that brings to mind a leather biker look. In a word this costume is HOT! Michelle played Catwoman in 1992, opposite Michael Keaton in the movie: Batman Returns.

Meow! Michelle Pfeiffer

Sizzlin' Catwoman: Michelle Pfeiffer
Sizzlin' Catwoman: Michelle Pfeiffer | Source

Halle Berry

Halle Berry took the role of Catwoman in the movie of the same name in 2004. In this film, separate from the Batman movies, Berry plays the part of Patience Philips, a shy, graphic designer of a cosmetic company, who inadvertently steps into her destiny when she is caught in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. Shy turns sexy as this Catwoman prowls around for answers dressed, (or perhaps ‘half dressed’ is more appropriate), in black leather bra, pants, heels and over the elbow gloves. The head covering may hide her identity from her enemies, but we can easily recognize the shapely sexy figure of Halle Barry.

Catwoman Halle Berry bares all

Too hot to touch, Catwoman Halle Berry
Too hot to touch, Catwoman Halle Berry | Source

Anne Hathaway

In the upcoming 2012 film, The Dark Knight Rises, Anne Hathaway will show us her rendition of Catwoman. She will co-star with Christian Bale in the planned summer release of the next Batman adventure. It will remain to be seen whether Ms. Hathaway’s costume can come close to those of her predecessors regarding sex appeal…she has much to live up to. The leather look is back, however, the bare look of Barry’s costume has given way to a tight, leather body suit offset with a black ‘utility’ belt. Gloves, perky cat ears and black stilettos seal the deal. I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised when it airs this summer.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway: 2012 Catwoman in: The Dark Knight Rises
Anne Hathaway: 2012 Catwoman in: The Dark Knight Rises | Source

The Dark Knight Rises with Anne Hathaway

Recently, I watched the latest Batman movie on DVD, The Dark Knight Rises. I had intended to see it when it first came out, but could not bring myself to see it following the massacre in the Colorado movie theatre, on opening night.

Watching it from my home did not have the same wide screen affect, however, it provided enough action for me to glimpse Anne Hathaway's performance. Frankly, I enjoyed her character over all of the characters, including Batman, that I observed.

She was gorgeous, proficient in her style, and her movements were light and precise-just like one would imagine from a cat. I enjoyed her less than lethal emotional status, and her wavering desire to stay or flee; help or harm.

I give her a two thumbs up on her performance as Catwoman in the final episode of Batman.

Who is your favorite 'Catwoman?'

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      Denise Handlon 20 months ago from North Carolina

      Hello mts1098...I've been MIA for quite sometime. How are you, and thank you for visiting the Cat Woman hub again. It's that time of year again...

      Hello LoisRyan13903-Thank you for your comments about this hub. I agree...Eartha was my least favorite. I enjoyed seeing Hathaway, but I think Merriwether was my favorite.

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      Lois Ryan 23 months ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      When I was a kid watching the Adam West Batman I didn't care for Eartha Kitt as Cat Woman and it is just because you get used to another actress playing that role. She could have done well with a different role. It is one of the reasons I didn't care for John Aston playing the Riddle.

      Have to see Anne Hathaway in her role

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      mts1098 23 months ago

      looks like Hathaway has moved up in the ratings...cheers

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      LoisRyan13903 It's amazing that Julie Newmar is 80 years old, isn't it? I wonder if she thinks about that role she once played? Thanks for your comments on this hub. :)

      Hi mts1098 - nice to see you. Thanks for revisiting this one. I need to update this, since I finally saw the version with Hathaway. She is an incredible actress-very versatile and sings like a 'canary' not a cat. :)

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      mts1098 4 years ago

      This was a good read two years ago and now my vote goes to Anne Hathaway...she should get her own movie...cheers

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      Lois Ryan 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Great Hub. Since I grew up with Batman (Adam West Series) I would always say Julie Newmar was my favorite (though Lee Merriweather came in a close second) I hear Julie just turned 80

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You're welcome Shyron. I try to post this hub around the Halloween season. Our family used to watch the television Batman series. Thanks for reading and voting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Great hub, awaking memories that were beginning to disappear. I have to thank you for that.

      Voted up ABI and sharing.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi midget-yes, even the male cats have that sleek, feline sex appeal...I think it's in the walk-and then...the POUNCE when they catch their prey, ha ha. Thanks for your comment and vote for H.B.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Somehow cats always have that feline sex appeal. I guess it's that "hard to get"attitude cats project! Thanks for sharing, and my favorite was Halle Berry.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks! It was a very fun hub to write. :) I have yet to see the last one, but am looking forward to it. And, when I finally see it I'll update the hub.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i love anne hathaway :) your hub is super great to read!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree with you completely, Dianna. She was the best, in my opinion. (Did you take the poll?) But, like you, I have yet to see the Ann H version. I was so excited and looking forward to going with my nephew and the shooting happened on the opening night in Colorado. It took the interest right out of me. I'm now looking forward to seeing the DVD and, although I prefer to get the full theatre effect, I'll settle for our home television. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I remember Julie Newmar as catwoman. She was beautiful and played the role well. I have not seen the 2012 version yet, but am looking forward to catching it soon. It will be interesting to see how Ann plays this role.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh aykianink-you made my night remarking on that particular scenario, cuz you brought back a wonderful memory, LOL Thanks.

      Re: the characters: I have yet to see the latest Batman flick. I was sooo raring to go and then the horrific murders in the theatre in Colorado turned me off cold. I'll grab the movie one of these days and make an update on this hub. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      aykianink 5 years ago

      "A common scene on a rainy, Saturday afternoon was that of bodies sprawled in various poses on the basement floor and furniture, silently reading the latest adventure." Oh my goodness...that is such an awesome household:-)

      On another note: Michelle takes it, hands down. Anne had an interesting take on the character though.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Mike-hope you are staying cool this summer. I have yet to see the movie,but I think I will edit my hub afterwards, like you, to keep it updated. After all, that was the whole intention for the hub in the first place. Thanks for your update. :)

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      Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Thanks, Denise. It was indeed a fun hub to write, and if you glanced at the comments, I got into a lengthy debate with a friend of mine over the merits of Julie Newmar vs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Hope you enjoyed the movie.


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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Mike-just read your Catwoman hub and found it very interesting and by golly-written two years ago! You are way ahead of me on this subject. Thanks for reading and leaving your comments. Our 'BATCAVE' was a lot of fun, hee hee.

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      Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I did see the movie last weekend and thought Anne Hathaway did a great job. Julie Newmar is still my favorite, but Hathaway certainly was up to the role. Thanks again for a great hub.


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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Mike-I'll be sure to check out your hub. Thanks for your feedback. I haven't had an opportunity to see the movie yet, and given all that has occurred with the opening in Colorado, the excitement has waned. Have you seen Hathaway as Catwoman yet?

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      Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Nice hub--I wrote one similarly comparing the actresses portraying Catwoman. However, I particularly enjoyed how you linked this theme to memories of your youth and the house you lived in. That was very enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing.


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Sid-my pleasure is your pleasure, obviously, hahaha You are welcome-glad it brought a smile to your face. It is amazing to me that 1) Anne Hathaway is in the top running in the poll-must be a real young crowd here voting, LOL and 2) this hub gets almost the top views of all of my hubs...oh, wait, I forgot-it's the keywords 'sex appeal'! LOL That will get the views every time...

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Sid Kemp 6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks for this bit of fun. I'm glad Catwoman inspired you!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL So glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for the comment.

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      adultsearch 6 years ago from NYC, NYC

      Voted this hub up, meowwr! I actually have a compilation of Catwoman's posters! I'm not really particular with who would portray her but Julie's my fave! *scratch!*

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree. I am planning to go see it though. :)

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hathaway is beautiful and talented, but I am not sure she is "sexy" enough for the roll. I guess we will see.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Tammy-it started out with the news that Hathaway was taking over the new catwoman role and I recalled my batman days. I just decided to do a hub on it and you're right-it was a totally change of pace. Thanks for reading.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a unique, fun, quirky idea. Very entertaining and a light change. Awesome!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Martie-Thanks for reading and commenting. That's interesting...not sure if it holds true with the folks I know, but I think I follow your point in general. I wonder why that is?

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting, most women identify with cats, while men will rather identify with dogs. Voted up.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh Bill-You are funny! Well, Julie is still leading, as you have seen, but Halle--she got her licks in, no pun intended. :) I'm looking forward to the summer movie with Anne. She is one of my current favorite leading ladies.

      Thanks for stopping back. :)

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      Hi...I just wanted to see how the voting was going :) cheers...bill

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL Thomas- thanks for your analysis. I sure needed that today. I'm ill and your comments brought a smile and a chuckle to me. Although the chuckle is the 'it hurts to laugh' kind, it was worth it.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Denise... a child of the 60s/ vote would invariably need to go to Julie Newmar...yes...sure the latter cat-ladies were awesome in their own right (and in their own ways) but I remain a purist...yep...that's me...a purist.

      I voted all the appropriate Ups and appreciate you reminding me of the place Cat-woman played in my growing up and formulative years.

      So... apparently...Julie Newmar is to blame for all of this, huh...

      Great Job Denise!


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ubani-thanks for reading! Nice to see you.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      I love sci-fiction. It has always fascinated me. Batman, superman, smallville, league of extra ordinarygentlemen and all others always keep me glued on the tv. Thanks for bringing this character home. Bless you

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi mtsi1098-I loved that Batman movie. Thanks for your comments. The votes seem to favor Julie, but it will remain to be seen this summer if Anne is worthy of the title. :)

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      I think you are correct in that catwoman does have a certain sex appeal. I do like the role but few can pull it off and Anne is a great choice (I did not know before I read this). As far as my favorite it was a close call between Julie and Lee with Lee winning (I liked the movie)...thanks for bringing back the memories :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Glad you enjoyed reading the hub, Vicki. It was fun to write.

      Hello efrin-thank you. That is a very sweet comment.

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      efrin 6 years ago

      Your very beautiful.

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      Vicki99 6 years ago from Meridian Idaho

      How wonderful, I really enjoyed reading about the Cat Woman lineage.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Eiddwen-so nice to see you; glad that you enjoyed the hub so much. The computer was a real bugger that night, but I persevered and got through it. :)

      Hi Dahoglund-Julie Newmar appears to be the all time favorite. Funny, when I did the research I could not recall her, but when I saw her photo it all came back to me. Thanks for stopping by.

      Stephanie-when will you be back in NC? We really must get together...I haven't forgotten. We can sit around a campfire and share stories! Thanks for reading.

      Dexter-you aren't showing your age to me, LOL Thanks for the vote-glad you enjoyed it.

      Hey Gail-I loved Archie and Veronica (and Betty of course) Those were my favorite comics. I'm going to have to write another hub about my had its ghostly corners too...hee hee

      Leeroy-thanks for stopping in and reading. I loved your comment. I'm sure these photos brought back memories for many teen age boy grown up, LOL

      Vinaya-thanks for reading. I'm glad you liked the photos. If I come across some DC comics I will send you some! :)

      Chatkath-I loved your comments, haha. Yes, the black cape now, LOL Well, it is an intersting (cat) tale that we tell regarding our Halloween costumes as kids (and adults). My favorite was a gypsy...and years later I found myself travelling around without a permanent home anywhere. Hmmmmmm.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Well this was right on time Denise, and very enjoyable to catch up on the catwomen stars of all time! With Halloween coming up, my usual costume has always been catwoman, basic, black leotard, thick leggings with a tail sewn on carefully...and spandex in all the right places. Cat ears, whiskers and a big black furry cape/coverup as needed. I certainly never looked like these more famous feline cat stars but it was fun and since I have always loved cats so much it has always seemed the perfect costume for me ^_^

      Great topic, memories and hub Denise! Up and meowesome

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Though I never read comics as a child, I'm so much in love with superhero movies. I have watched few catwomen. This is an interesting read. I also enjoyed the pictures.

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      Brian L. Powell 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      I always thought Catwoman was a good girl gone bad. Every teenage boy's dream. I always think of Julie Newmar as the Catwoman.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Very enjoyable hub that almost anyone can relate to. I was glad you included the photos of the actresses who played Catwoman. Interesting to see how her image evolved over the years.

      I didn't read the superhero comics much but loved Archie & Veronica and Dennis the Menice. My mom encouraged all forms of reading and didn't look down on comic books.

      I loved the way you wrote about your siblings in this hub and was impressed by how much thought and work your dad put into building the awesome basement rooms!

      Great hub. Voted up across the board!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Great, fun hub! I would have to go with Julie Newmar. She was absolutely stunning as Catwoman. But I guess I am showing my age. Halle Berry was good but no one compares to Julie!

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I loved the stories of you and your siblings' creating a fantasy world in your basement. How wonderful that you had such a place to give your imaginations free reign! As for Cat Woman, I like them all! The costumes are not only sexy, but create an image of a powerful, independent woman. Interesting Hub and loved the pictures!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Julie Newmar is the one I am most familiar with from the old TV show.Thanks for the update.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting ,I thoroughly enjoyed your hub and here's to many more hubs to share on here.

      Take care


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Lady Rain-thanks for commenting. My sister and I (hubber: Danette Watt) used to watch B.J. as well. I thought Meriwether was an excellent actress and loved her as catwoman.

      Hi Homesteadbound-oh the stories I could tell about that basement (all clean) It was an amazing place-cozy at times and crazy creepy in other places!

      Danette-I wanted to include the Batmobile as well, but couldn't find the right place to fit it in...another hub??? I'm with you sister-I love Anne H. in other things but Catwoman? Nah...and you are right-no way does that outfit shine.

      Hi Ruby-oh you are so very right about that great voice for the part of the Catwoman. Prrrrrrr LOL

      Thanks thelyricwriter for your vote. I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie, but can't believe it won't be out until summer!

      Hi Silent Sinner-thanks for your input. I'll see you at the movies!

      Hey Truckstop Sally-nice to see you here. I have to say you aren't alone re: J.N. Maybe b/c she was the first? Thanks for the link-I'll check it out. BTW-I'll have to write more about that basement. It was very, very my dad!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Fun hub and fun basement room! Call me old-fashioned, but my favorite was Julie Newmar. I also think she was the prettiest in the litter. Ha! For more Batman fun, check out Wayne Brown's hub:

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      Silent Sinner 6 years ago

      As much as i love Cat woman I still love Harley-quin more. Loved this hub :) Great job, excited to see the new movie coming.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up! I can't wait to see Anne in this movie. I am interested to see how good she will be.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I remember the catwoman, Eartha Kitt was my favorite, her voice was perfect as a purring cat. Thank you..Enjoyed,,,

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      I so remember those days of passing comic books and the rooms. (remember the "Batmobile"?

      Julie Newmar was my favorite, maybe followed by Halle Barry. I just can't picture Anne Hatheway as Catwoman though and her costume does nothing for me.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      meooow! This was great. Brought back lots of memories. The basement you had growing up sounds awesome!

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      I used to watch every episode of Barnaby Jones and Lee Meriwether was an awesome actress. I like her as catwoman as well.


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