Lee was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma back in 1934. After graduating from Otterbein College in Ohio, she married a career Marine, Ben Strong, and spent the next 20-plus years raising their four children and traveling around the world. As her kids grew up, Lee worked a series of jobs, including newspaper reporting and as an operator for directory assistance. In May 1995, Lee lost her husband to cancer. To help her cope, Lee began attending a local comedy workshop. Since then she has been making people laugh all around the country. Her goal on "America's Got Talent" and"Last Comic Standing" was to help older people realize that it's never too late to follow your dreams.