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October 19, 2019

Ruta Lee of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' Opens up about One of the Biggest Regrets of Her Career

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Ruta Lee, who appeared as one of the brides in the musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," has revealed her greatest career regret.

In an interview with Fox News, Lee explained that Warner Bros. offered her a contract back in the day, but she turned it down.

Lee made international headlines when she convinced then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to release her grandmother.

Ruta Lee at the Pantages Theatre on February 27, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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"They asked me if I'd like to work under contract. Contract players in that day and age were getting like $300 a week and I was guesting almost every other week at Warner Bros. for $750 a week," she told the news outlet. "And so I said, 'Gentlemen, thank you, but why would I do that?'"

Lee added, "Well, of course what I didn't think about is that when you're at a studio, you have the public relations machine behind you, you have costumes behind you, you have lessons behind you, and you get used in everything that they do. So you become more visible."

Ruta Lee, circa 1964. | Photo: Getty Images

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In any case, as per Lee, things have worked out really well for her in the end. She said:

"I still call my little house in Palm Springs 'the house that Jack meaning Jack Warner built' because I did so many Warner Bros. shows."

Ruta Lee at the Pantages Theatre on January 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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In addition to being one of Hollywood's most glamorous women, Ruta Lee is additionally one of its most multifaceted and top-scored civic contributors, according to her Biography.

For more than five decades, she has been associated with The Thalians, a charitable organization that is focused on good mental health from pediatric to geriatric.

Webster B. Lowe Jr. and Ruta Lee at Beverly Hills Hotel on May 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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In 1964, Lee made international headlines when she convinced then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to release her grandmother Ludvise Kamandulis from the Soviet Union.

Kamandulis had been in an internment camp in Siberia since World War II. The pardon was granted, and the 90-year-old came to live with Lee in the US, where she died two years later.

Ruta Lee at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Lee, who has no children, was born in May 1935 in Montréal, Québec, Canada, as Ruta Mary Kilmonis, according to IMDB.

Since February 1976, she has been married to Webster B. Lowe Jr. The couple owns several houses scattered across the United States.

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