Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obituary: Ruby Dee

Famous actress Ruby Dee, 91, has died. She was also a civil rights activist in addition to her stage and screen roles.

She was married to actor and fellow activist Ossie Davis for many years. He was her second husband. They had three children together. Davis died in 2005.

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.

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