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