Ruby Dee, Actress and Activist, Dies at 91

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Ruby Dee, actress and civil rights activist has died at age 91.

Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91.

Dee died peacefully Wednesday at her New Rochelle, New York, home, according to her representative, Michael Livingston.

Dee — often with her late husband, Ossie Davis — was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. She was friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the New York Urban League.

As an actress, her film credits included “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950), “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), “Buck and the Preacher” (1972), “Do the Right Thing” (1989) and “American Gangster” (2007).

Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “Gangster.” She also won an Emmy and Grammy for other work.

Ruby Dee also starred in the original Broadway play, A Raisin in The Sun in 1995. The current revival of the play won 3 Tony awards at the ceremony which took place at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday.

Her husband, Ossie Davis, died in 2005.


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