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Friday, June 13, 2014

Remembering Ruby Dee 1922 - 2014

Actress Ruby Dee, who died Wednesday at age 91, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 2007 film, American Gangster. She also played Sidney Poitier's wife in the 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun as well as the 1961 film version. Her other credits include the 1950 film, The Jackie Robinson Story (as Jackie's wife Rae), the daytime soap opera, The Guiding Light (1967), the TV series, Peyton Place (1968-69), the 1979 miniseries, Roots: The Next Generation, and the 1989 Spike Lee film, Do the Right Thing.

Dee and her second husband, actor Ossie Davis, were married for 57 years until his death in 2005. They were both well-known civil rights activists, and together they were Kennedy Center Honorees in 2004.

Below you can enjoy some of Ruby Dee's many film and television appearances.

The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and a 2002 Theater Talk episode about the original Broadway production of the play with Dee, Ossie Davis (who replaced Sidney Poitier) and producer Philip Rose.

Gone Are the Days! (this 1963 film and the 1970 Broadway musical, Purlie, were both based on Ossie Davis's 1961 play, Purlie Victorious)

Do the Right Thing (1989) with Ossie Davis

Decoration Day (1990) for which Dee received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special.

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (a 1999 TV movie with Diahann Carroll)

American Gangster (2007) with Denzel Washington


joel65913 said...

Quite a career. What with the announcement of Martha Hyer's death and the recent passings of Ann B. Davis, Mona Freeman, Joan Lorring and Sheila MacRae plus Shirley Temple Black a few months back this has been a rough time for classic actresses. They all had long lives but it's a great loss to cinema nonetheless.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Joel, I must confess that I had to Google both Mona Freeman and Joan Lorring, so thank you for educating me with your comment.