Friday, June 13, 2014

Oscar nominated Ruby Dee has died at age 91

Ruby Dee, a highly esteemed actor and civil rights activist with husband Ossie Davis whose versatile career spanned stage, has died at age 91 on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, New York.

Her daughter Nora Davis Day confirmed the death. 

MS. Dee began her acting career in 1940s and won many prizes for different roles. Her most successful role was Off Broadway in movie “Boesman and Lena” in the 1970 Athol Fugard drama, for which she received a stunning praise. Dee was best known for a supporting role in “A Raisin in the Sun” in 1959.

Ruby Dee nominated for Oscar for her impressive role in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster”. She impressed to all with 10 minutes of her screen time. Dee also won an Emmy for her performance in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie “Decoration Day.”  

Dee used her love of art and a good poet. Her famous quotes are; 
The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.”
“The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.” 

Ms. Dee received a lifetime achievement award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis In 2005 and then she said; “You can only appreciate freedom,” “when you find yourself in a position to fight for someone else’s freedom and not worry about your own.”  

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