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      Ruta Lee

      Ruta Lee

      Highest Rated: 100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

      Lowest Rated: 21% Senior Moment (2021)

      Birthday: May 30, 1935

      Birthplace: Montréal, Québec, Canada

      Born in Montreal, though raised in her teen years in Hollywood, actress Ruta Lee started her entertainment career on the far fringes of the business--she was an usherette and box office girl at the legendary movie palace Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Her career there was short-lived (she was fired), but her showbiz one has been anything but brief. Not long after being axed from her job, she landed an agent and was hired by MGM to costar in the musical feature film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" as one of the available brides. She would appear in another classic Hollywood musical, "Funny Face," starring the riveting duo of Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Although dance and music are major aspects of her talent, Lee also starred many times in Westerns on both the big and small screens, including roles in the Rat Pack shoot 'em up "Sergeants 3," "Bullet for a Badman," "Gunsmoke," and "Bonanza, to name a few. Her career in the Western genre would eventually be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Motion Picture and Television Fund in 2002. Lee can also be seen in Alfred Hitchcock's "Witness for the Prosecution," "Elvis and the Beauty Queen," and "Marjorie Morningstar." In 1964, Lee generated plenty of news when she asked Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to release her elderly grandmother from a Siberian prison. He did, and her grandmother lived with Lee in California until the elderly woman died two years later.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Witness for the Prosecution
      89% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
      88% Funny Face
      63% Funny Bones
      21% Senior Moment

      Photos

      Ruta Lee at arrivals for Professional Dancers Society''s 30th Gypsy Awards, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA April 23, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ruta Lee at arrivals for IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT 50th Anniversary Screening at Opening Night Gala of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA April 6, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection OPERATION EICHMANN!, Ruta Lee, 1961 WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, Ruta Lee, 1957 SERGEANTS 3, (center l-r): Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Henry Silva, Sammy Davis Jr., (front l-r): Joey Bishop, Ruta Lee, Peter Lawford, 1962 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Nancy Kilgas, Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmar, Ruta Lee, Betty Carr, Norma Doggett, Matt Mattox, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Marc Platt, Tommy Rall, Jacques D'Ambroise, 1954 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Nancy Kilgas, Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmar, Ruta Kilmonis, Betty Carr, Norma Doggett, Matt Mattox, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Marc Platt, Tommy Rall, Jacques D'Ambroise, 1954 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Nancy Kilgas, Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmar, Ruta Lee, Betty Carr, Norma Doggett, Matt Mattox, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Marc Platt, Tommy Rall, Jacques D'Ambroise, 1954 OPERATION EICHMANN, Ruta Lee, 1961 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Jeff Richards, Ruta Kilmonis, (aka Ruta Lee), Matt Mattox, Norma Doggett, Marc Platt, Virginia Gibson, Jacques D'Amboise, Betty Carr, Tommy Rall, Nancy Kilgas, Russ Tamblyn, Howard Keel, Jane Powell, 1954. SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Betty Carr, Virginia Gibson, Ruta Kilmonis, (aka Ruta Lee), Nancy Kilgas, Julie Newmar, Norma Doggett, 1954. SERGEANTS 3, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Ruta Lee, 1962 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Betty Carr, Tommy Rall, Ruta Lee, Matt Mattox, Nancy Kilgas, Russ Tamblyn, Virginia Gibson, Jacques D'Amboise, Norma Doggett, Mark Platt, Julie Newmar, Jeff Richards, 1954 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Nancy Kilgas, Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmar, Ruta Lee, Betty Carr, Norma Doggett, Matt Mattox, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Marc Platt, Tommy Rall, Jacques D'Ambroise, 1954 FUNNY BONES, Ruta Lee, Jerry Lewis, Amir Fawzi, Leslie Caron, 1995, (c)Buena Vista Pictures SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Betty Carr, Jane Powell, Nancy Kilgas, Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmar, Ruta Lee, Norma Doggett, 1954

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      21% 76% Senior Moment Diego's Neighbor (Character) $41.6K 2021
      No Score Yet 14% A Christmas Too Many Grandma (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 43% Christmas Do-Over Granny Conlon (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 39% Pretty When You Cry Antique Store Patron (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 20% Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills Mrs. Poole (Character) - 1996
      63% 81% Funny Bones Laura Fawkes (Character) $527.0K 1995
      No Score Yet 68% Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Revolta (Voice) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fowl Kill Gayly (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Indict and Convict Phyllis Dorfman (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roll, Freddy, Roll Evelyn Danton Kane (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Howling in the Woods Sharon (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 5% Escape from Planet Earth Unknown (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 60% Bullet for a Badman Lottie (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun Hawk Marleen (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hootenanny Hoot A.G. Bannister (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 32% Sergeants 3 Amelia Parent (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Eichmann Anna Kemp (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 54% Marjorie Morningstar Imogene Norman (Character) - 1958
      100% 95% Witness for the Prosecution Diana (Character) - 1957
      88% 80% Funny Face Lettie (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gaby Denise (Character) - 1956
      89% 87% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Ruth (Character) - 1954

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 53% RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Judge 2024
      71% No Score Yet Life With Bonnie Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      76% 78% Roseanne Joyce (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Building Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Renee (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charles in Charge Gloria (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming of Age Unknown (Character) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st & Ten Rona (Guest Star) 1984-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980 1982-1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Penny Russell (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 95% Three's Company Unknown (Guest Star) 1979 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Ernestine Di Gonzini (Character) 1980
      90% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Me and the Chimp Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Gloria Hardy (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mayberry R.F.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet 100% Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1969 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Shirley Ballinger (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Jean Coleman (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1965 1967
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Jean Boswell (Guest Star) 1962 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wackiest Ship in the Army Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Gloria Morgan (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Irene Prentice (Guest Star) 1958-1960 1963 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Judith Holly (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Mrs. Janet Loring (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Melissa Mateneau (Guest Star) 1958-1960 1962 1964
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Flora Gordon (Character) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Evvie Finley (Guest Star) 1959 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962-1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Jenny Glover (Guest Star) 1958 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Opal Crane (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dante Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Nellie Fontana (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Lucy Collins (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Angel (Character),
      Ruby Boyenton (Guest Star)
      1955-1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Roy Rogers Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1952