RUTA LEE

One of Hollywood’s most glamorous ladies, she is also one of its most multifaceted and top-notch civic contributors. She was signed by MGM for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), and subsequently appeared in such classics as Funny Face (1957), Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and Sergeants 3 (1962), among others. Lee has had an extensive television career, with over 2000 appearances on shows including Perry Mason, Twilight Zone, Murder She Wrote, Love Boat and Roseanne, and was co-host on NBC’s High Rollers with Alex Trebek. Lee has headlined across the country in many musicals, including Peter Pan and Dolly, and recently starred in the critically acclaimed Steel Magnolias at Casa Manana. She and Debbie Reynolds are highly acclaimed for their 50-year leadership roles in The Thalians, and she served as Commissioner on the L.A. Board of Environmental Quality. She has received countless Humanitarian Awards including The Yellow Rose of Texas from Pres. George W. Bush, highest civilian honors from Lithuanian Pres. Adamkus and the Women In Film “Broken Glass Award.”

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