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Thread: Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Has Died at Age 91, Says Daughter Nora Davis Day

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    Default Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Has Died at Age 91, Says Daughter Nora Davis Day

    Ruby Dee dead at 91: Legendary stage and screen actress — and Civil Rights leader — frequently costarred with husband Ossie Davis

    Family member confirms death. Dee was living in New Rochelle.
    BY Joe Neumaier / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:22 PM


    Stage and screen legend Ruby Dee, who personified grace, grit and progress at a time when African-American women were given little space in movies and on stage, died Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.

    The death was confirmed Thursday by a family member, who declined to answer any questions pending the release of a statement.

    The Cleveland-born, New York-raised actress and activist — winner of an Emmy, a Grammy and a Screen Actors Guild award, among others — not only starred on Broadway (“Take It From the Top!,’ “Two Hah Hahs and a Homeboy”), film (Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever”), and TV (“All God’s Children,” “Feast of All Saints”), but, with her husband and collaborator Ossie Davis, was a major figure in the Civil Rights movement.

    In 2005, Dee and Davis received the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Freedom award. Davis died in February of that year.

    Dee’s first film role came in 1949, in the musical drama “That Man of Mine.” She played Rachel Robinson in “The Jackie Robinson Story” in 1950, and costarred opposite Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt and Cab Calloway in “St. Louis Blues” (1958).

    In 1961, she recreated her stage triumph as Ruth Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun,” opposite Sidney Poitier, her Broadway costar.

    She appeared in the 1979 TV movie “Roots: The Next Generation,” and costarred with Davis in their own short-lived 1980-81 show, “Ossie and Ruby!”

    The two played contentious neighbors who embodied, and recaled, the social unrest of the ’60s in Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” (1989). She earned her sole Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, for “American Gangster” (2007).

    Her final film was the still-in-production crime drama “King Dog,” opposite Ice-T.


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    Oh, NO!!! Loved her in just about everything she was in!!! She and Ossie made such an attractive couple.
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    RIP, Ruby.

    She was married to Ossie Davis for 57 years, if my math is correct. First saw her in "A Raisin in the Sun". Boy, did that movie traumatize me....
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    Exceptional actress with a conscience. Made a difference while she was here. Vaya con Dios.
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    Quite the loss indeed. She and her husband were courageous groundbreakers and lived a life of conviction. Her talent and success as an actress are almost secondary. RIP...
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    Such a wonderful and talented lady. She leaves a void for sure.
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    I read this a work and I was like.. Not another one! She was outstanding
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopqueen View Post
    Quite the loss indeed. She and her husband were courageous groundbreakers and lived a life of conviction. Her talent and success as an actress are almost secondary. RIP...
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    RIP. I enjoyed her work
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    This makes me sad. She was such a marvelous actress and I loved everything she was in!!
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    Love her so much. (And man, they were a gorgeous couple. RAR!!)

    This and Maya in so short a time, what a rotten loss for us all. Rest in peace, dear lady. Give our regards to Ossie....
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    Weren't they a striking couple?
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    She was so pretty. I'm embarassed to say I thought she had passed already.
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