‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ star Ruta Lee says mother’s prayer may have led to iconic role: ‘A blessing’ – EzAnime.net

Ruta Lee has worked with the best of Hollywood, and now she is telling it all.

The actress recently wrote a memoir titled “Consider Your A – Kissed!” where he shared personal memories of the last few years. He has worked with numerous stars including Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Carson, Alex Trebek, and Fred Astaire, just to name a few. The “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” actress also became friends with many other female leads, including Lucille Ball, Julie Newmar and Debbie Reynolds, among others.

Lee spoke to Fox News about how her mother’s prayers may have led to a life-changing role, as well as what it was really like to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

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Ruta Lee starred in the 1954 film ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’. (Photo courtesy of Ruta Lee)

Fox News: Many people remind you of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” How did you get the part?

Route Lee: It was my first film job and what an auspicious first job! I got it just by auditioning. I got a call from my agent, with whom I was very lucky because I was very young and very stupid. I didn’t know anything about anything in those days. I went to the audition.

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Ruta Lee has published a new report. (Photo by Greg Doherty /. For The Thalians)

Meanwhile, my mother went to church across the street, lit candles, knelt, and prayed. And I got the job! And it was quite a job. What a bless. We shot it in Cinemascope, but not all theaters in the world were equipped with Cinemascope back then. But everyone had a widescreen. So we would do the shot again for the widescreen. So depending on the version that is running on the television, they are a little different. I don’t think many people realize that.

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Front from left: Norma Doggett, Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmar, rear from left: Nacy Kilgas, Betty Carr, Ruta Lee, 1954.

Front from left: Norma Doggett, Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmar, rear from left: Nacy Kilgas, Betty Carr, Ruta Lee, 1954. (LMPC photo via.)

Fox News: You must have a lot, but what is one of your favorite memories from your time on set?

Sotavento: I wouldn’t say this moment was fun, but it was certainly memorable. Day one, we were on the barn lifting set, which is basically the focal point of the movie. It was a magnificent song that Michael Kidd choreographed for all of us. Our shoes for the dance number hadn’t been rubberized yet. We were preparing new shoes just to get them going.

I did this big kick forward. My shoes slipped and my head hit the ground. I came out like a light. All I heard was Michael Kidd say, “She’ll be fine. He just dropped a quarter between the tables and is looking for it. All I could do was laugh and the most painful thing in the world is to have a headache and laugh.

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Portrait of actress Ruta Lee in her London hotel room, 1964.

Portrait of actress Ruta Lee in her London hotel room, 1964. (Photo by Powell / Express /.)

But that’s the kind of wonderful choreographer Michael Kidd was. It just made the whole thing so much fun. And there I was with some of the best dancers in America. I couldn’t help but wonder how I got to be in this fabulous position. And Michael made it very easy for us. We laughed during all the weeks of filming and rehearsals that we did.

Fox News: What do you think has been the secret behind the film’s lasting success?

Sotavento: First of all, the story is wonderful. There is a sweetness in it. But there is also this force. The dancers, especially the boys, were the strongest I’ve ever seen. And we had a great time laughing on set doing what we love. And I think that shows. New generations are still discovering the movie and they say it’s a great movie. I am proud to be a part of it.

Fox News: You also appeared in another iconic movie, “Funny Face.” What was your impression of Audrey Hepburn?

Sotavento: Audrey was the most wonderful and precious girl. She never showed herself as a movie star. She was down to earth. And he was very smart about conserving his energy. He didn’t spend a lot of time on set laughing and talking to the rest of the company like you normally would between takes. Instead, he would conserve his energy until it was time to act. But she was absolutely charming to everyone.

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Audrey Hepburn, around 1955.

Audrey Hepburn, circa 1955 (Photo from Archive Photos /.)

And my God she was beautiful. He didn’t have the usual look you would expect from a movie star in those days. She gave a whole new look to the business that was all about her. And he couldn’t help being mesmerized by it. But she was also such a wonderful person. It was a pleasure working with her.

Fox News: It’s been said that you’re auditioning for the role of Ginger in “Gilligan’s Island.” What happened?

Sotavento: Well, I can’t tell you much about it. I can tell you I didn’t get the part * laughs *. I think the main reason is that she didn’t have nice big boobs. It didn’t matter how much rubber he put in there. It just didn’t look that good.

Fox News: What was it like working with Rat Pack?

Sotavento: It was probably the most gloriously fun time of my life. I mean, imagine being with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and various other Las Vegas comics of the time. It was just one big laugh after another. Frank always told the crew, “Look, I don’t care if it takes you a week to prepare the shot, set it up. And then don’t tell me we have to redo it because there was a screech on the steering wheel, a light went out, or there was a distraction from a sound. I’ll give you a take.

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Singer and actor Frank Sinatra performs on the television special 'Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing' on August 15, 1968 (the show aired on November 25, 1968) in Los Angeles, California.

Singer and actor Frank Sinatra performs on the television special ‘Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing’ on August 15, 1968 (the show aired on November 25, 1968) in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Martin Mills /.)

Then he would do a take. And the rest of the time we laughed and screamed and teased each other. And they always had great stories to tell. It was a real miracle working with these guys. They were all lovely. And in the process, I became good friends with Frank. But you will have to read the book to learn more about that.

Fox News: Fair enough. But who was your favorite lead to work with?

Sotavento: God, of course, one of my favorites would definitely be Frank. Why? Because he just changed a lot of things in my life and that made it so much more enjoyable for me. Being a part of their circle was a great blessing. Tyrone Power in “Witness for the Prosecution” was just wonderful. Charles Laughton was very sweet, but quite a strange protagonist. It was so remote. He was very reluctant to mix and match. He was very, very shy or just quiet.

Now, Darren McGavin, it was a lot of fun. And of course there are Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and the wonderful Clint Eastwood. Let’s face it, I like them all. They were all different from each other and I loved every moment.

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Ruta Lee worked with Fred Astaire (left) and Gene Kelly.

Ruta Lee worked with Fred Astaire (left) and Gene Kelly. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive / United Archives via.)

Fox News: Between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, who was the most difficult to work with and why?

Sotavento: In a way, they were both perfectionists. Fred had a style that was very unique. He came from a generation where tap dancing was on the ground, which means everything was hitting the ground. Your body went “bang, bang, bang.” It had a strong heaviness that exhausted all your strength. But he took the tap dance in midair. He made it as light as the wings of a butterfly.

As for Gene, he made his dance a routine for the Olympics. He was very strong and masculine while Fred was gentle. And Gene relied on comedy and great athletics. They were both perfectionists but they really loved each other. And one thing they both did was rehearse constantly. They never stopped.

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Ruta Lee with his friend Alex Trebek.

Ruta Lee with his friend Alex Trebek. (Photo courtesy of Ruta Lee)

In fact, Debbie Reynolds once told me that there were days when her feet would bleed from blisters and sores from working with Gene Kelly. He made her dance constantly. But he also described it as a true dance masterclass. And when you are young, you are not afraid of anything. Just take the plunge. That’s what she did. Fred was the same. I would rehearse until the sun came up. It was six in the morning and he was saying, “It’s time to quit smoking.” They just completely immersed themselves in the dance.

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Ruta Lee is still active as an interpreter.

Ruta Lee is still active as an interpreter. (Photo courtesy of Ruta Lee)

Fox News: What has kept you going as a performer?

Sotavento: There are very few things that I did not do. And in those days, he just kept busy. If he wasn’t making a movie, he was on television. And if he wasn’t doing that, he was hitting the road or on stage. If something didn’t come up, he just had to keep busy. There were some things I’m sorry I didn’t do, but it happens to all of us. And looking back, I wanted to do it all. I wanted to sing, I wanted to dance, I wanted to act, everything. I did. And I loved every minute of it.