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Ruby Dee

Journalist / Stage Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Poet | * 10/27/1924 († 89, 06/11/2014) | Cleveland, Ohio (United States of America (USA))
Ruby Dee (born Ruby Ann Wallace; October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She originated the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961). Her other notable film roles include The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) and Do the Right Thing (1989). Dee was married to Ossie Davis, with whom she frequently performed until his death in 2005. For her performance as Mahalee Lucas in American Gangster (2007), Dee was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Dee was a Grammy, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk winner. She was also a National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors and Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient. ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Ruby Dee

Spingarn Medal National Medal of Arts Marian Anderson Award Ohio Women's Hall of Fame Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award NAACP Image Award – Chairman's Award Kennedy Center Honors Humanitarian of The Year Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Paul Robeson Award Crystal Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Movies with Ruby Dee as Actress(72)

as Narrator2013 Betty and Coretta
as Annie McCall2012 A Thousand Words
as Valerie2011 Video Girl
as Mrs. Harper2009 America
as Ms. Ella2007 All About Us
as Mama Lucas2007 American Gangster
as Doris2007 Steam
as Nanna Maria2006 No. 2
as Emelda West2001 Taking Back Our Town
as Elsie Claviere2001 Feast of All Saints
as Grandmother2000 A Storm in Summer
as Mommit Porter1999 Passing Glory
as Margo1999 Baby Geniuses
as Mrs. Henry1999 Finding Buck McHenry
as Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany1999 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
as Hortence1997 A Simple Wish
as Sophia1996 Mr. and Mrs. Loving
as Evangeline1995 Just Cause
as Grandmother (voice)1994 Whitewash
as Mother Abagail Freemantle1994 The Stand
as Mrs. Lydia Wilson1993 The Ernest Green Story
as Rachel1993 Cop and ½
as Narrator1992 Color Adjustment
as Lucinda Purify1991 Jungle Fever
as Rowena1990 Decoration Day
as Zora Neale Hurston1990 Zora is My Name!
as Corrine Dart1990 Love at Large
as Mother Sister1989 Do the Right Thing
as Mrs. Grimes1984 Go Tell It On The Mountain
as Female1982 Cat People
as Irene Whitfield1980 All God's Children
as Grandmother Baker1979 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
as Leah Matanzima1976 Countdown at Kusini
as Ruth Campanella1974 It's Good to Be Alive
as Julia Augustine1974 Wedding Band
as Netta's mother1972 Black Girl
as Sue Ann Lucas1971 The Sheriff
as Lucinda1969 Deadlock
as Laurie1968 Uptight
as Joan Robinson1967 The Incident
as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins1963 Gone Are the Days!
as Thief1963 The Balcony
as Ruth Younger1961 A Raisin in the Sun
as Christine1959 Take a Giant Step
as Ruth1959 Virgin Island
as Elizabeth1958 St. Louis Blues
as Lucy Tyler1957 Edge of the City
as Irma Jackson1954 Go Man Go
as Rachel, Slave Maid1951 The Tall Target
as Connie Brooks (uncredited)1950 No Way Out
as Rae Robinson1950 The Jackie Robinson Story

TV Shows/Series with Ruby Dee as Actress(16)

as Estelle Williams1992 Middle Ages
as Elizabeth Keckley1988 Lincoln
as Narrator (voice)1988 American Experience
as Mammy Watkins1985 The Golden Girls
as Faye Williams1985 The Atlanta Child Murders
as la reine Victoria Haley1979 Roots: The Next Generations
as Mother Abagail1975 King of Kensington

Movies with Ruby Dee as Crew(1)

Writing/Writer1968 Uptight

Full Name: Ruby Dee
Born: Monday, 10/27 1924 (October) in Cleveland, Ohio (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 06/11 2014 (June) in New Rochelle (aged: 89)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Hunter College, Hunter College High School
Spouses (current/former): Ossie Davis
Ruby Dee frequently works together with these people:
Ossie Davis (24x, Actor)
Spike Lee (11x, Crew)
Sidney Poitier (9x, Actor)
Samuel L. Jackson (5x, Actor)
Robert Redford (5x, Actor)
Giancarlo Esposito (5x, Actor)
Harry Belafonte (5x, Actor)
Danny Cannon (5x, Crew)
Nan Martin (5x, Actress)
John Erman (5x, Crew)
Lou Antonio (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:7236, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/07/2021