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. The couple were master and mistress of ceremonies at the 1963 March on Washingon, and she was friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Dee 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 won an Emmy and Grammy for other work.
Sad news. It’s being reported that legendary stage and screen actress Ruby Dee (pictured), who was also a major force in the Civil Rights Movement, has passed away. She was 91 years old. According to reports, Dee died at home in New Rochelle, N.Y., Wednesday night. The family has yet to release a statement.
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