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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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cassandra madden    

Love TMZ

43 days ago
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CallingOutBullShid    

Thank you for your lifetime of service Ms. Ruby Dee you will be greatly missed.

43 days ago
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thebetterpoison     

She was 91. Not 89.

43 days ago
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SweetMama    

Rest in peace, you fabulous woman. The world was a little bit better because of you!

43 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

RIP to a amazing actress and a role model women of any race should follow.

43 days ago
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LunarJunk    

Rest In Peace, Ruby Dee

43 days ago
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ariesalyson    

Rest in peace to a beautiful and graceful lady. Much respect!

43 days ago
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Wow ...    

What an amazing woman! She will be missed. May she RIP, my condolences to family, friends and fans.

43 days ago
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ariesalyson    

I loved her in A Raison in the Sun. What a great impact she had on people in life! I would have loved to have met her.

43 days ago
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tooshy20    

R.I.P. Now you can join your husband. He's been waiting for you. True love in life

43 days ago
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vroomvroom    

R.I.P

43 days ago
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karma360.0    

She will be missed. RIP Ruby Dee

43 days ago
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cornydot    

Completely enjoyed her body of artistry. Rest in Peace..

43 days ago
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Dee    

An awesome woman. RIP Ms Dee.

43 days ago
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David    

Ruby Dee an actress. Never heard of her and I'm 63 years old. Everybody is an actor now days. Even Ruby Dee. I'm sure she was a planted black person strategically put where blacks could use her to start racial conflict. We don't need people like her in this world. I'm glad she is no longer here to start racial issues.

43 days ago
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