“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Death of Ruby Dee…

Posted on June 12, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…Ruby_Dee_-_1972

   Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. She’s best known for co-starring in A Raisin in the Sun and American Gangster for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, and Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also married to Ossie Davis until his death in 2005.  Ruby Dee —>

   Dee made several appearances on Broadway before receiving national recognition for her role in The Jackie Robinson Story. Other movies included No Way Out, St. Louis Blues, and Buck and the Preacher. On stage, Ruby had roles in South PacificArsenic and Old Lace, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Bus Stop, The Glass Menagerie, and the original production of A Raisin in the Sun. On television, she appeared in The Fugitive, Peyton Place, Police Woman, and The Golden Girls. She was a cast member on The Guiding Light and the mini-series, Roots: The Next Generation.

    Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were well-known civil rights activists. She was a member of the Congress of Racial EqualityNAACP, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dee and Davis were both personal friends of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at Malcolm X’s funeral in 1965. Dee was awarded – along with her late husband – the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. In 1995, she and Davis were awarded the National Medal of Arts. They were also recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. She received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University.

   In 1998, the pair celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and an even longer association in show business with the publication of their autobiography, With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together. Davis died in February 2005. Among those who mourned at his funeral included former President Bill Clinton, Harry Belafonte and Spike Lee.

   Ruby Dee was 91.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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