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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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Mary Edmonson    

I so enjoyed her work, especially with her husband Ossie Davis. May they be reunited now and rejoice.

132 days ago
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gegeok    

She had a great career..and looked like a beauty in her days.....RIP..RubyDee

132 days ago
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Edith Pennington    

Another giant of a woman who was smart, gifted, witty, classy and brave has passed to the other side. I am grateful she passed this way and that our technology will allow future generations to be graced by her contributions.

132 days ago
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lilly    

so sad, what she and her husband did for civil right is remarkable, and on top she raised their children pretty well more on her daughters here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/movies/hasna-muhammad-davis-nora-day-davis-actress-ruby-dees-daughters/ RIP Ruby

132 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

R.I.P.

132 days ago
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jan    

Ruby Dee was an amazing woman and a great actress. I don't think she ever got over losing Ossie . Now they can be together again. RIP both of you.

132 days ago
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Sylvia    

Always did like her. A classy lady and a great actress. RIP dear lady.

132 days ago
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BrookTarHeel    

Another phenomenal woman has gone from our midst! R.I.P. Miss Ruby. The works you did will live on. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

132 days ago
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karma360.0    

She was gorgeous in her younger days and in her golden days. Black don't crack!

132 days ago
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Chap    

One of the truly great actresses of our time,,may u REST IN PEACE Mrs. Ruby Dee!!

132 days ago
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gary    

Amazing performer and humanitarian. She, along with her husband, Ozzie Davis, broke down doors where there had been walls of cement, prior. Her performance as an actor in 'Raisin in the Sun' is one that will go down in history. I hope she now at peace, returned to her husband and that she knows the deference she made for so many in the USA. RIP, Ms. Dee.

132 days ago
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Aduni Ubaka    

bow down to the Queen. She has so much history to her legacy. I had the pleasure of meeting she and her King Ossie . They loved each other just like my Mom and Dad :) She is now with her Queen doing what they do best and that is loving their people.... wow Maya now Ruby... rest in peace my Sistah!!!!! luv ya....

132 days ago
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Nettie    

Great actress and still was beautiful in her golden years. R.I.P.

132 days ago
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Nettie    

Great actress and looked good in her golden years. RIP.

132 days ago
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myopinion    

R.I.P. Dear lady you will be missed.

132 days ago
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