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1. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace in 1922 in Cleveland Ohio.

2. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

She was raised in Harlem and attended Hunter College High School and went on to graduate from Hunter College with degrees in French and Spanish in 1944 and was a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

3. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

Dee made several appearances on Broadway before receiving national recognition for her role in the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story.

4. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

Her career in acting has crossed all major forms of media over a span of eight decades.

5. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

She has won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors, among scores of others awards.

6. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her portrayal of Mama Lucas in American Gangster. She won the Screen Actors Guild award for the same performance.

7. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

She was married to actor and activist Ossie Davis in 1948 until his death in 2005.

8. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

Dee and Davis were both personal friends of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at Malcolm X’s funeral in 1965.

9. Ruby Dee 1922-2014

Ms. Ruby Dee passed away on June 11, 2014 in her home in New Rochelle, NY from natural causes. She was 91 years old. RIP Ms. Dee

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