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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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Peggy    

What an incredibly beautiful woman she is/was starting as a young woman all the way thru her golden years. Classy too.

97 days ago
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LaLa    

RIP Ruby Dee! You will be missed!

97 days ago
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NoBozo    

Ruby Dee was a great actress and activist for civil rights. RIP dear lady.

97 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

R.I.P. Mrs. Ruby. Give my regards to Mr. Ossie.

97 days ago
20.

namers    

A wonderful actress and lovely lady. R.I.P. and go be with hubby Ozzie.

97 days ago
21.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

R.I.P. Miss Ruby. You were beautiful.

97 days ago
22.

blacknote    

God bless your life, Ms. Ruby. Your legacy will never be forgotten.

97 days ago
23.

ChuckyDee    

Who?? Never heard of her!!!

97 days ago
24.

Antonio    

Great actress and champion for Civil Rights. She will be greatly missed in this world. She's now reunited with her great love Ossie Davis. R.I.P Ruby.

97 days ago
25.

brade33    

She and mother Teresa are using the same drinking fountain.

97 days ago
26.

verlinda    

Great Actress...R.I.P. Ruby

97 days ago
27.

keepinitrealincali    

An incredible actress-- one of the best. RIP

97 days ago
28.

Da_boss    

She was awesome

97 days ago
29.

Ant Fuller    

RIP

97 days ago
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cassandra madden    

RIP

97 days ago
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