Ruta Lee began making waves as an actress as far back as the year 1953 when she landed a role in The Adventures of Superman. She grew over the years to be one of the best things to happen in Hollywood having distinguished herself as a multifaceted and top-notch actress. Beyond her acting career, Ruta has been involved in a whole lot of other things other than what we already know her for. Find out here, more about the actress, in addition to getting a definitive answer on whether she is dead or alive.
Ruta Lee Bio, Age
Ruta is a Canadian-American actress and dancer who was born to Lithuanian immigrants in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her birth name is Ruta Mary Kilmonis while records revealed her parent’s names and occupations as Joseph (a tailor) and Mary (a seamstress and homemaker). There are no records of her siblings or if she was an only child but we know for certain that she immigrated to the United States of America with her parents precisely on March 1, 1948. Following their arrival, the Lithuanian family settled in Los Angeles where they subsequently raised their only known child – Ruta Lee.
As a young girl, the would-be actress schooled at Hollywood High School where she started making amateur appearances as an actor in her school plays and at the same time she was studying acting. By 1954, Ruta graduated from the high school and proceeded to study at Los Angeles City College and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Prior to Ruta Lee making her acting debut, she worked at the famous and historic movie palace in Hollywood called Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Her job role there was first as an usherette, later a candy girl and then came a promotion that saw here begin working as a box office cashier. However, the later promotion was shortlived for Lee as she got fired after she was short of $40 in her cash account at the end of a night shift. As Ruta left that day, she swore to return to that famous courtyard one day and she did return with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of the famous movie palace.
Her earliest acting endeavor was recorded in the episode: “My Friend Superman” in the 1953 Adventures of Superman where she played a credited role (Ruta Kilmonis) teenage girl. Two years later, the actress began portraying various roles in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars which ran till 1957. Before the end of this series, however, Ruta made her debut on a 1954 film titled Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as the character Ruth. She followed this with an uncredited role as a tennis girl in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) before she began recording many films and television roles consistently.
Some other works that made up Ruta Lee’s portfolio in her heydays from the 50s to the 90s include Witness for the Prosecution (1957), various roles in Perry Mason (1958-1965), Wagon Train (1959-1963), Doomsday Machine (1972), Cracking Up (1983), Funny Bones (1995) and as Mrs. Gore in Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1998).
Coming into the new millennium, Lee graced our television screens as Koko Kashmere in the episode “In the Limelight” of Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (2000), Quiet Kill (2004) which starred Corbin Bernsen, Claudia Christian and other big talents. Ruta was also seen playing as a Grandma in the film A Christmas Too Many and as the character Rose Jenkins in Christmas at Cadillac Jack’s both in 2007. Five years later she starred in episode #1.11749 of Days of Our Lives as Tillie Inman before her last acting gig in For Better or for Worse (2013).
The septuagenarian stands at a height of 5 feet 1 inch or 1.55 m. This height carries her body weight of about 50k g or 110 lb. Ruta Lee’s other body measurements include a bust/breast size of 35 inches or 91 cm, a waist size of 29 inches or 76 cm and hips that measure 35 inches or 91 cm.
The actress wears a bra size of US 40 or 90 for EU while her cup size is C. Ruta’s dress and shoe sizes have not been publicly revealed, however other things we are certain about her is that the Lithuanian born American actress has blonde hair color and blue eyes.
Is She Dead or Still Alive?
Being that her last acting credit came in the year 2013 before she embarked on her hiatus from the film industry, a lot of people have wondered what really she is up to. Others fear she is dead being that there was a rumored case of suicide about her in 2014.
However, Ruta Lee is still alive going by our findings. On her website, in the news section a post dated December 2017 captured her posing in a picture with members of The Thalians at the Bel-Air Country Club where they had a function to raise money for University of California, Los Angeles Operation Mend – a course devoted to raising money to help military men and women for programs aimed at healing the wounds of war in all facets of the body, mind, and spirit.
Based on this and being that Ruta is not someone that her whereabouts will be shrouded in secrecy if she is no more, we will state firmly that she is still alive and not dead.
Other Facts About Ruta Lee
- Since 1976, Ruta Lee has been married to Webster B. Lowe, Jr. They, however, have no children.
- The couple has homes in Mexico, Hollywood, Forth Worth, and Palm Springs.
- Lee was inducted into the National Lithuanian American Hall of Fame on the 24th of August 2013.
- On the 10th of October 2006, Ruta was honored with the 2,320th star for live theatre at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- For the many years, she has sojourned as an actress, Ruta Lee has a net worth of about $4 million.