Lee Gale Gruen has lived in Los Angeles, California since childhood. She has two children and three grandchildren. She graduated college from UCLA and had a 37-year career as a Probation Officer. After retiring 14 years ago, she became an actress. Since then, she has appeared in television, films, commercials, theater, and print jobs. She performs regularly portraying patients at UCLA Medical School as part of student training. She was one of six supporting exercise/dancers in the 2011 “Jane Fonda Prime Time Firm & Burn” workout DVD. Her transition to becoming an actress in her senior years has been written about in Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times newspaper, AARP Life Reimagined, and in Marlo Thomas’s 2014 book, It Ain’t Over…Till It’s Over, which profiles women who have reinvented themselves.
Lee Gale is also a guest speaker on the topic, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” She is currently working on a book to complement her lecture and a screenplay based on her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class.