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Ruby Dee

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Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death
11 Jun 2014 (aged 91)
New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial
Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA GPS-Latitude: 41.027675, Longitude: -73.8315583
Plot
Hillcrest Garden B, Grave 1701
Memorial ID
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Actress, and Civil Rights Activist. She paved the way for African-American women to achieve substantial roles on stage, in film, and on television. The wife of actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis, they jointly received the NAACP Image Award (1989), were awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995, and were honored by the Kennedy Center in 2004. Born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland, her father was a railroad porter, her mother was a school teacher. She was raised in Harlem. After developing an interest in acting, she studied at the American Negro Theatre, in addition to acquiring experience in radio. She studied Spanish and French at Hunter College and, following graduation, she found a position as a translator. She worked with Ossie Davis in the touring play "Anna Lucasta" (1946), and the couple married in 1948. She remained with Davis until his death in 2005. Their marriage produced their three children. In 1950, she starred opposite Jackie Robinson, as 'Rae' in the legendary baseball player's autobiographical film "The Jackie Robinson Story." She may perhaps be best remembered for her origination of the role of 'Ruth Younger,' opposite Sidney Poitier in the Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959 to 1960). She repeated the part in the 1961 film of the same title. She co-wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film "Uptight." In 2008, she received an Academy Award nomination for "American Gangster" (2007). Along with Davis, she was acknowledged and honored for her work in the areas of advancing civil rights, as well as humanitarian causes.

Actress, and Civil Rights Activist. She paved the way for African-American women to achieve substantial roles on stage, in film, and on television. The wife of actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis, they jointly received the NAACP Image Award (1989), were awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995, and were honored by the Kennedy Center in 2004. Born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland, her father was a railroad porter, her mother was a school teacher. She was raised in Harlem. After developing an interest in acting, she studied at the American Negro Theatre, in addition to acquiring experience in radio. She studied Spanish and French at Hunter College and, following graduation, she found a position as a translator. She worked with Ossie Davis in the touring play "Anna Lucasta" (1946), and the couple married in 1948. She remained with Davis until his death in 2005. Their marriage produced their three children. In 1950, she starred opposite Jackie Robinson, as 'Rae' in the legendary baseball player's autobiographical film "The Jackie Robinson Story." She may perhaps be best remembered for her origination of the role of 'Ruth Younger,' opposite Sidney Poitier in the Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959 to 1960). She repeated the part in the 1961 film of the same title. She co-wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film "Uptight." In 2008, she received an Academy Award nomination for "American Gangster" (2007). Along with Davis, she was acknowledged and honored for her work in the areas of advancing civil rights, as well as humanitarian causes.

Bio by: C.S.


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IN THIS THING TOGETHER

WE ARE EACH OTHER’S MAGNITUDE AND BOND.
GWEN BROOKS



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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/131277377/ruby-dee: accessed ), memorial page for Ruby Dee (27 Oct 1922–11 Jun 2014), Find a Grave Memorial ID 131277377, citing Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.