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Ruby Dee

Legendary Actress and Civil Rights Activist Dies at 91

6/12/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ruby Dee Dead
Ruby Dee -- one of the legendary actresses in Hollywood and on Broadway -- died Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned.

Ruby was at home in New Rochelle, NY ... surrounded by family when she passed away ... according to sources connected to the family. A rep confirmed the death.

Ruby was a pioneer for African-American women in Hollywood ... and is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1960s film "A Raisin in the Sun" -- and her roles in the Spike Lee movies "Do the Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever." Her most recent big budget Hollywood film was "American Gangster" ... she played Denzel Washington's mother.

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Ruby was a poet and screenwriter. She won a Grammy, an Emmy ... and also received the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors.

She and her late husband Ossie Davis -- with whom she frequently co-starred -- were also hugely active in the Civil Rights movement -- often demonstrating with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

Ruby was 91 years old. 

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Sheldon Siegel    

RIP. A great lady and actress.

49 days ago
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TMZIZGAY    

It says 91 years old on Wiki, get your **** together TMZ

49 days ago
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bazinga    

Good riddance, troublemaker.

49 days ago
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nusse    

Who?

49 days ago
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ms.b    

R.I.P Ruby Dee you will truly be missed.

49 days ago
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Rude Boy    

Amazing woman. RIP, Ms. Ruby Dee.

49 days ago
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IKnowthismuch    

Rest In Peace Ruby, without question you were a trailblazer for a lot of black female actress.

49 days ago
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!Hola    

OHH! such a beautiful woman and a wonderful actress. She lived a long and productive life. When a person dies after such a long and successful stretch, I believe their lives should be celebrated not mourned--but our instinct is to be sad--why is that?

49 days ago
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Black Adam    

She looks like she can be Michael Caine's sister.

49 days ago
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DEFCON1    

She's riding in the front of the bus with Rosa Parks now.

49 days ago
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Rigby    

Rip. Great actress.

49 days ago
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Mulholland Drive    

She and Ozzie were a class act. R.I.P.

49 days ago
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50goingnrth    

RIP Ruby Davis, she was one of the greatest actresses. She will truly be missed.

49 days ago
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cementmixer    

R.I.P. Miss Dee.

49 days ago
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tellit2    

She lived a full life wow 91 RIP

49 days ago
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