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Ruby Dee Leg­endary stage and screen ac­tress — and Civil Rights leader

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Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee was the epit­ome of grace, style and courage.

( née Wal­lace; Oc­to­ber 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014)was an Amer­i­can ac­tress, poet, play­wright, screen­writer, jour­nal­ist and ac­tivist. She is per­haps best known for co-star­ring in the films A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Her first film role came in 1949’s mu­si­cal drama “That Man of Mine.” She played Rachel Robin­son in “The Jackie Robin­son Story” in 1950, and co-starred op­po­site Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt and Cab Cal­loway in “St. Louis Blues” in 1958. She ap­peared in the 1979 TV movie “Roots: The Next Gen­er­a­tions,” and costarred with Davis in their own short-lived 1980-81 show, “Ossie and Ruby!”

Dee was a fre­quent pres­ence on New York stages for four decades, join­ing the Amer­i­can Ne­gro Theatre in 1941 and mak­ing her Broad­way de­but two years later in “South Pa­cific.”

Dee is an­other leg­end that will be missed (née Wal­lace; Oc­to­ber 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014)was an Amer­i­can ac­tress, poet, play­wright, screen­writer, jour­nal­ist and ac­tivist. Do the Right Thing (1989), and Amer­i­can Gang­ster (2007) for which she was nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress. She was the re­cip­i­ent of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Ac­tors Guild Award, and Screen Ac­tors Guild Life­time Achieve­ment Awards as well as the Na­tional Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors. She was mar­ried to ac­tor Ossie Davis un­til his death in 2005.

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