After high school she journeyed to New York to make it on Broadway, and she quickly made a name for herself. At age 19 she starred on the Broadway production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Michele was signed as a singer by Columbia Records and she made numerous guest appearances as a singer and dancer on live TV shows, most notably “The Danny Kaye Show” in 1963.
She reprised her role as Rosemary for film in “How to Succeed...” (1967), and followed that up with the popular Disney movie “The Love Bug” with Dean Jones, and “The Comic” with Dick Van Dyke.
Back on Broadway, Michele was nominated for a Tony for Best Actress in 1974 in the musical “Seesaw.”
On television during the 70s, she guest-starred in episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” and “Love American Style.” She was signed to star in a proposed sitcom “The Michele Lee Show” in 1974, but the series never got off the ground after the pilot was aired.