While still mourning the loss of poet/author/activist/humanitarian Maya Angelou, the entertainment industry suffered another blow today with reports that actress/screen legend Ruby Dee has died at 91.
A Grammy, Emmy, NAACP Image, and Screen Actors Guild Award recipient, Dee’s 7 decade career saw her conquer television, music, movies, and stage. Best known for her roles in ‘The Jackie Robinson Story’ and ‘Raisin in the Sun,’ the actress’s career was revitalized in 2007 with an Academy Award-nomination for her work in ‘American Gangster.’
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“Dee died peacefully at her New Rochelle, New York, home on Wednesday, according to her representative, Michael Livingston.
Dee — often with her late husband, Ossie Davis — was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. She was friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the National Urban League.
Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “American Gangster” (2007). She also won an Emmy and Grammy for other work.
Her acting career started in New York in the 1940s, but it was her role in the 1950 movie “The Jackie Robinson Story” that first brought her national attention.”