Ruta Lee, certainly one of Hollywood’s most glamorous ladies is also one of its most multifaceted and top-notched civic contributors.
Signed by MGM as the youngest of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and subsequently in Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, as Tyrone Power’s secret love in Witness for the Prosecution and Frank Sinatra’s leading lady in Sergeant’s Three, to name but a few.
Simultaneously, Lee launched into television, with over 2000 appearances on shows from Perry Mason to Power Rangers, Twilight Zone to Murder She Wrote, Hogan’s Heroes to Love Boat, and Roseanne. Lee was also co-host on NBC’s High Rollers with Alex Trebek, a regular on Hollywood Squares, and several made-for-television movies. She had series leads in CBS’ Coming of Age and HBO’s 1st and Ten and her recent stint with Bonnie Hunt remains one of her favorites.
Lee has headlined in many musicals as Annie, Dolly, Peter Pan, Mame, Irene, Irma, Nellie, Rose, and Madame in the Best Little Whorehouse to name but a few.