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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Claim to Fame
Rae Robinson In The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), Ruth Younger In A Raisin In The Sun (1961).
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Dee`s career in acting has crossed all major forms of media over a span of eight decades, including the films A Raisin in the Sun, in which she recreated her stage role as a suffering housewife in the projects, and Edge of the City. She played both roles opposite Sidney Poitier. During the 1960s, Dee appeared in such politically charged films as Gone Are the Days and The Incident, which is recognized as helping pave the way for young African-American actors and filmmakers.
She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, winning once for her role in the 1990 TV film Decoration Day. She was also nominated for her television guest appearance in the China Beach episode, "Skylark." Her late husband Ossie Davis (1917-2005) also appeared in that episode.
In 2007 the winner of the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album was tied between (i) Dee and Ossie Davis for "With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together", and (ii) former President Jimmy Carter.
She has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her portrayal of Mama Lucas in American Gangster. She won the SAG award for the same performance. At 83 years old, Dee is currently the second oldest nominee for Best Supporting Actress, behind Gloria Stuart who was 87 for her role in Titanic. This was Dee`s first nomination. It was also significant in that hers is the second shortest performance (at approximately five minutes) ever to be nominated for an acting Oscar, following that of the cameo appearance of Sylvia Miles in Midnight Cowboy.
Romance Languages, Hunter College, Of The City University Of New York, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (1945)
Full Name at Birth
Ruby Ann Wallace
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Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Writer
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Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace (A Cook, Waiter And Porter. )
Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X
Emma Amelia Benson (Step Mother) (A Schoolteacher.)
Actress, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Journalist And Activist.
Ruby Dee (née Wallace; 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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Place of Death
New Rochelle, New York, United States
Cause of Death
Hunter College High School, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (1939)
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