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Through snow and ice storms, Fort Worth gave a rousing welcome to Ruta.
Ruta said she had the time of her life doing Steel Magnolias with these fabulous talented ladies and loves them one and all! From left to right: Mary Stout as Ouiser, Alyssa Robbins as Annelle, Ruta Lee as Clairee, Cheryl Allison as Truvy,
Kimbre Lancaster as Shelby, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as M’Lynn.
Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Cheryl Allison, Ruta, Mary Stout, Kimbre Lancaster and Alyssa Robbins.
Her dear friend Ruth Buzzi braved the snow and ice and came to see the show.
And her namesake Ruta Lee Jernigan came too!
Update: February 2015
Ruta is headed to Texas to do Steel Magnolias at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. Plenty of time to buy tickets and join her.
Update: January 2015
The latest Thalians and Operation Mend event was held at The Brian Marki Gallery in Palm Springs. Go to mariocanali.com to see his fine work. Never too late to purchase. From L-R: Mario Canali - Brian Marki - Rich Little - Ruta and Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff, current Thalians President.
L-R in back: Webster Lowe - Pat Anton - Bill Anton - Mario Canali - Patti Gribow - Scott DeShong - Brian Marki. Seated L-R: Rick Little - Ruta and Dale Gribow.
Ruta Lee Interview - DuFoe Entertainment: A lively 4 hour talk radio show hosted by Terry and Tiffany DuFoe. Ruta loved doing this interview for them. They were kind enough to Ruta share it with you. So sit back and listen. It's about 30 minutes. https://archive.org/RutaLeeInterview
Update: December 2014
This $200,000 check is just the first of Ruta’s beloved Thalians commitment to give $1,000,000 To Operation Mend. Here are The Board of Directors from top left to right. Top Row - Larry Wolfe, Barbara Cohen Wolfe. Middle Row - Frank Sheftel, Stefanie Hibler, Brian J. Theobald, Andrew McDonald. Front Row - Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff ( President) Kira Reed Lorsch, and Ruta (Chairman Emeritus) presenting check to Dr.Thomas Strouse, Director, UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital/Operation Mend providing much needed services for returning wounded warriors. To see the rest of the photos, please feel free to go to
In the Palm Springs area??? Ruta would love you to join her at this event. It’s free. She just hopes you’ll love the art and treat yourself to a painting.
Update: November 2014
Charity with good friends. Life doesn't get much better. Dine and Dish was Delightful according to Ruta! Pictured here with Michael Childers,Ted Casablanca, Judy Tenuta, Bruce Vilanch, Barbara Boxer and Michael Corbet.
Great way to start a month.
Update: October 2014
Ruta proudly attended The Jeffrey Foundation Renaming Ceremony. The Children's Center Building is now officially named for Ruta’s beloved friends Margie and Robert Peterson who generously donated $1,000,000.
Update: September 2014
What a wonderful evening at Cincon 50. Here is Ruta's dear friend George Pennacchio presenting her award.
Saddle up and come on over....yet another award for Ruta. http://www.reelcowboys.org/RC_SilverSpurAwards.htm
Update: August 2014
If you're in Hollywood on Labor Day weekend, this is a great place to be. For more information, go to http://www.cinecon.org/. Go to the screening of Witness For the Prosecution and the Banquet Dinner. Ruta will happily chat with you.
Update: June 2014
Ruta truly was their Leading Lady at Western Clippings/ Memphis film Festival, A Gathering of Guns. She corralled these gents for the final photo taken by Debra Cox. Standing left to right, Michael McGreevey, Dennis Devine, Clu Gulager, John Buttram, Robert Colbert, Robert Fuller, Ruta, Clint Walker, Luster Bayless, Buck Taylor. Sitting, Henry Darrow, Robert Conrad and Edd Byrnes. You can see all of Debra's great shots here.
Look at them here. Do you think they have changed?
Ruta and Robert Fuller had the crowd in stitches at every panel!
This smile never left her face for the entire memorable trip!
Update: April 2014
April 26th at the House of Blues - Ruta's beloved Thalians held their 56th Gala. They honored Smokey Robinson and the guests were treated to a fabulous evening of Rock and Roll while raising money for our Wounded Warriors and Operation Mend at UCLA. Ist photo,.L-R.:Ruta Lee, Chairman of the Board Emeritus, Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff, Thalians President, Smokey Robinson, Kira and Robert Lorsch, event Chairs. 2nd photo, L-R: Kira Lorsch, Army Specialist Joseph Paulk, Smokey Robinson, Marine Staff Sergeant Octavio Sanchez and Ruta.
Doodles for Desert Aids Project on Saturday, April 5th at the Palm Springs Air Museum proved to be quite festive and fun. Ruta contributed several men's ties she bejeweled!
Another Magazine cover for Ruta. "Live" will be hosting a cocktail party in her honor at Lulu's in Palm Springs on May 20th.
A wonderful place to see over 1,400 photos from previous Thalians Galas. Were you there? http://www.gettyimages.com/editorial/thalians-annual-ball-pictures#
Update: March 2014
It's a lovely cozy venue. Let's make it a sell out and come backstage to say hi!
More information on how you can be a supporter of The Thalians Tribute Concert honoring Smokey Robinson. The Thalians’ focus is on the well-being of America’s wounded heroes. Please click HERE for all the information you need. Thank you.
Update: February 2014
The crunch is on. Ruta wants to make the next Thalians Event the best is their history. You can help. It's all about Charity and giving to those who really need thanks for their service to our country. It's April 26th and promises to be a "rip roaring rock and roll event" If you cannot come...please donate
Update: January 2014
Finished the month with a great reading.
Ruta could think of no better way to ring in 2014. From left to right: Gentleman Joe Shubeck, Gigi Carlton, Gary Damsker, Ronilynn Miller, Webb Lowe and Ruta. Fabulous Panama Canal Cruise with wonderful friends and outstanding travelmates.
Update: December 2013
Ruta and her Thalians made the news again with their generosity.
The Thalians were able to announce their next fabulous event.
Update: November 2013
Ruta invited Liz Stavrinides, pet photographer, to her home to help with her book "Miracle Dogs". It was just released. These are some of the photos.
Update: October 2013
Ruta spends many weekends at her home in Palm Springs. Seems like her palette was needed for chili and meatballs. One day she was at The World's Championship Chili Cookoff at The Spa Resort and the next she was tasting meatballs at the fabulous Trilussa. This was a shot taken in 1996 when she first helped.
Update: September 2013
On August 24th, Ruta was inducted into The National Lithuanian Hall of Fame. L to R: Counsul General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago ( #19 Jersey), Marijus Gudynas, John C. Unitas Jr. (representing Johnny Unitas), Ruta, Dick Butkus and Jon Platakis, Chairman NLAHF.
Earlier in the month Ruta did a Beverly Hills Cooking Show at The Greystone Mansion. Click on above photo to see the video.
Update: August 2013
On August 24th, Ruta will be inducted into The National Lithuanian American Hall of Fame. It's not too late to join her in Chicago! (Click on photo for information).
Update: July 2013
Ruta was delighted to be interviewed by Kevin Trask from Australia! (Click on photo to read).
She also emceed The 100th Anniversary of Knights of Lithuania in Boston and thoroughly enjoyed a good old lobster and clam bake!
Update: June 2013
Tune into Theatre Chat and This 'N That with "Mr. Showbusiness", Jimmy Ferraro. Ruta will be his guest live on Wednesday, 12:35 -1:00 PM Eastern from WWJB. AM 1450, FM 103.9 and Nationally online.
Update: May 2013
Meeting with the fabulous Michael Costello from Project Runway. Ruta is anxious to see what he creates for her.
Update: April 2013
Ruta and Webb spent six glorious weeks at their home in Las Hadas.
Update: March 2013
Palm Springs Women in Film honored Ruta on March 1st at their 5th annual Broken Glass Awards. She was in excellent company with the other honorees, Mary Hart, Alfre Woodard and Lisa Houston.
Update: February 2013
Ruta loves the wonderful shows at The Pantages Theater and tries never to miss an opening night. Here she is at Jekyll and Hyde and a few weeks later at Catch Me if You Can.
Always a Cover Girl - she was featured in the Spring Issue of the Lithuanian magazine Legendos.
Update: January 2013
On January 31st, Ruta helped her dear friend Carol Channing celebrate her 92nd Birthday.
Update: December 2012
On December 7th at the Thalians Holiday Party, Ruta, along with current Thalians President, Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff, graciously presented a $100,000.00 check for UCLA's Operation Mend, to Dr. Thomas Strouse, Medical Director of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.
Wounded Warrior retired Army Specialist Joey Paulk.
Ruta and Jack Jones co-hosted the live auction party for Act for MS 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lane on December 1st. Great job, lots of money raised, and much fun had by all.
Here's Ruta with Jack Jones, Carol Connors and Leo Milmet, a young man who bid against Webb for a tree AND a dress by Project Runway Designer Michael Costello.
Ruta and Webb with Daniel Wright who designed her tree.
Update: November 2012
On November 30th, Ruta attended The McCallum Theatre 25th Anniversary Gala featuring an outstanding performance by Reba McEntire.
Relaxing and working on her book Ruta and Webb spent six glorious weeks at their lovely Las Hadas home.
Update: October 2012
Ruta will always miss her dear friends Bob and Margie Petersen and is forever there for their charitable causes. She and Webb loved The Comedy and Cars Gala at the Peterson Automotive Museum. Here they are with the wonderful Suzanne LaRausch.
Update: July 2012
Ruta appeared on Good Morning Texas. She and host Carrie McClure became fast friends. It was her first appearance on a Jumbotron.
Update: May 2012
"Bionic Woman" Lindsay Wagner was honored in Palm Springs with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Held at The Corridor to celebrate her acting career, as well as her writing and humanitarian work, I was happy to speak for a few minutes before "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter presented the plaque. So happy David A. Lee Photography was there to snap this shot!
Richard Skipper is writing a book on Dolly Levi and those who have played the role. Richard Skipper Celebrates Ruta Lee as Dolly Levi! Here's a blog of celebration! Of Life, Entertainment, and the things I like! AND Keeping the Arts Alive! Doing it right...doing it big...giving it class!
Update: April 2012
Another busy month found Ruta being interviewed by Marsha Hitchcock for her Smart Woman series. Next she did a sizzle reel for fellow Thalian "Candy Maker to the Stars", Frank Sheftel for his reality show.
April 21: Odyssey Ball for the John Wayne Cancer Institute - The honoree was her dear friend Dr. Lawrence Piro. Ruta had the priviledge of serenading him with "You'll Never Know". She had the world renown David Foster as her pianist.
Update: March 2012
Ruta graced the cover of the Texas based newspaper The Senior Voice with a wonderful interview inside by Barry Rogers. Click here to read.
Update: February 2012
A HUGE SOLD OUT EVENT shared by these wonderful friends as "Angel" Ruta helped to raise an unprecedented, record breaking amount for this outstanding Charity.
Back Row: Steve Rossi, Stephanie and Mel Haber, Rich Little, Alex Trebek and Shecky Greene. Front Row: Jack Carter, Ruta, Rona Barrett and Connie Stevens. Photo courtesy of Maile Klein Photography.
Update: January 2012
Ruta Named 2012 Angel Of The Year By Angel View Organization In Palm Springs
The Angel View Crippled Children’s Organization is Palm Springs’ most esteemed and oldest children’s charity in the Desert. Check out the story at Highlight Hollywood.
Ruta started the year off with a bang. She filmed an episode of Celebrity Shoot Out with her pal Joe Mantegna and show host Michael Bane.
Update: December 2011
Ruta and Webb were invited to the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, VA this week and was given a guided tour of the National Firearms Museum. Story here.
Musical Mondays at the Pantages Theater, presented by The Actor's Fund, is always a hit with Ruta. The latest show was Betty Buckley performing Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway. Here's Ruta with Marion Ross, Juliet Mills and Betty Buckley.
Update: October 2011
Ruta had a great time doing an episode of Days of Our Lives. She plays Tillie; it will air on January 4th. She so enjoyed renewing her friendship with dear friends Bill and Susan Hayes and she was overwhelmed when the cast and crew gave her a standing ovation.
Update: September 2011
Ruta thoroughly enjoyed doing this podcast with Bill Feingold and hope you will too. Here's the link to download her interview: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bulldog-bill-feingold-hour-1/id423645372?i=97241312. Her show is Hour #1 on 9/13/11.
On August 29th, as Chairman of the Board of The Thalians, Ruta presented a check for $300,000 to Operation Mend of UCLA. They were chosen as the honoree and benefactor of the Thalians 2011 event for their mission to heal America's returning military heroes...in mind, body and spirit.
Left to right: Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA; Kira Lorsch, 2011 Thalians Event Co-Chair; Dr. Tim Miller, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon of UCLA's Operation Mend Team; Ruta Lee, Thalians Chairman of the Board; and retired Army Specialist Joey Paulk, a UCLA Operation Mend patient who was injured in Afghanistan on July 5, 2007 when his tactical vehicle was hit by 3 anti-tank mines, flipping it over and igniting the fuel tank.
Update: August 2011
Ruta was honored with a "Hitching Post" plaque on Main Street in Kanab, Utah at their Western Legends Roundup in August. The town is known as Little Hollywood for the over 200 films made there, a favorite of which is Sergeants Three.
Update: July 2011
Ruta recently finished a photo shoot in Palms Springs for Angel View Crippled Children's Society where she will be their Angel of The Year at their 58th annual Luncheon on 02/20/12. Staying as busy as ever, she just celebrated her husband Webb's birthday, as well as a surprise 94th for Phyllis Diller.
On Monday, July 18th, she was interviewed by Russian journalist, Natalia Higginson, who is trying to educate the younger generation of her country about the art of the Cinema by using true Hollywood Legends.
Update: June 2011
After hosting the extremely successful Thalians 55th Gala at the Playboy Mansion on April 30th, Ruta continued merrily on her philanthropic way by emceeing Spring of Hope for McIntyre House on May 21st. She had a delightful time with the talented and always funny, Judy Tenuta.
On June 12th she attended the 15th Annual Actors Fund Tony Awards Party at the Skirball. Hal Holbrook was presented the Julie Harris award by Sean Penn.
Update: March 2011
Ruta honored her dear friends William and Patricia Anton on March 31st in NYC when she was Master of Ceremonies as they were presented The Americanism Award by The Anti Defamation League.
Update: January 2011
December brought many wonderful folks to Ruta’s home as she interviewed them for Faith for Today/Lifestyle Magazine of the Airon The Trinity Broadcast Network. She hugged The Hulk, laughed with Tim Conway and George Wallace, and thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Della Reese, Franklin Lett, Bill and Susan Hayes, Lee Meriwether, Dick and Patti Van Patten, Catherine Hicks, Kevin Yagher and the adorable Chelsea Hightower. Mike and Gayle Tucker also enjoyed Ruta's hospitality. Stay tuned for air dates.
Friends from all over the globe are commenting on Ruta's appearance in Showtime's La La Land. As always, she was a big hit.
Ruta recently finished the film, The Land of the Astronauts, starring David Arquette and Bijou Phillips. The film is in post-production.
Ruta joined an incredible roster of "Distinguished Women" at the Northwood University Gala on November 4 - 6, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dallas, TX. Proceeds will benefit the students and enhance Northwood's three campuses.
After finishing a great run starring in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at her favorite theater, Casa Mañana in Fort Worth, Ruta is back in L.A. but can’t wait to go again! Here she is with her namesake, Rutalee Jernigan, who flew all the way from Ruidoso, New Mexico for the show.
Join Ruta on Facebook. At first, she was adamantly opposed to having her own FB page, but her mind is starting to change after connecting with so many people in her life, including fans from all over the world. One person posted the below photo of a Cadillac that Ruta once owned in the 70s, taken last year at Milda's Corner Market in Michigan.