Civil rights activist and actress Ruby Dee has died at age 91, Dee’s daughter Nora Davis Day confirmed Thursday. Day said her mother passed away Wednesday night at home in New Rochelle, New York.
Dee acted on the Broadway stage and the silver screen. In 1961, she starred alongside Sidney Poitier in “A Raisin in the Sun.”
An Emmy, Grammy and Screen Actors Guild award-winner, in 2007, Dee was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in “American Gangster.”
According to New York Daily News, her final film — a crime-drama, “King Dog,” opposite Ice-T — is still in production.
About Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee (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 film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film 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. On June 11, 2014, Dee died at her home in New Rochelle, New York.
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