Ruby Dee Passes Away at 91

Posted Thursday June 12, 2014 1:40 PM GMT

Marking another loss for the entertainment realm, 91-year-old Ruby Dee died in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday (June 11).

Over the course of her long and impressive career, the Cleveland native who grew up in New York had a prolific impact on the movie industry as well as theater and the 20th century’s social justice movement.

Back in 2005, Ruby and her now-deceased husband Ossie Davis were given the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Freedom award for their work with various civil rights causes that included personal friendships with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Career-wise, Ms. Dee’s Broadway credits include “Take It From The Top!” and “Two Hah Hahs and a Homeboy,” and she starred in films like “American Gangster” and Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.”

Ruby also worked extensively in television on programs like “All God’s Children” and “Feast of All Saints.”

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