Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

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

Lowest Rated: 61% Funny Bones (1995)

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 14% A Christmas Too Many Grandma (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 41% 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
61% 82% Funny Bones Laura Fawkes (Character) $527K 1995
No Score Yet 67% 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 No Score Yet Bullet for a Badman Lottie (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hootenanny Hoot A.G. Bannister (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun Hawk Marleen (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 28% Sergeants 3 Amelia Parent (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Eichmann Anna Kemp (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 55% Marjorie Morningstar Imogene Norman (Character) - 1958
87% 81% Funny Face Lettie (Character) - 1957
100% 95% Witness for the Prosecution Diana (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gaby Denise (Character) - 1956
88% 87% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Ruth (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
75% No Score Yet Life With Bonnie Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
76% 68% Roseanne Joyce (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Building Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charles in Charge Unknown (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) 1982-1983 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 94% Three's Company Unknown (Guest Star) 1982 1979
95% 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 No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1971 1969 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Slade Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff of Cochise Ellen Wilson (Guest Star)
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 No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Jean Boswell (Guest Star) 1965 1962
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) 1965 1963 1958-1960
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) 1964 1962 1958-1960
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Flora Gordon (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 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) 1962 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Opal Crane (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater 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 Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
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 No Score Yet Highway Patrol Lea Franklin (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1953

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