Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Passes Away at 91

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Ruby Dee in 1972

Ruby Dee in 1972

Actress and activist Ruby Dee has passed away at the age of 91. Best known for her roles in Raisin in the Sun and her recently role in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Dee was a prolific and highly talented actress . She was also briefly in 1982’s Cat People. She was nominated for dozens of Emmy’s and won one for her work in Decoration Day. Ruby Dee was not only an actress, but an activist for Civil Rights.  Born in Cleeveland, Dee moved to Harlem at a young age and earned degrees in French and English from Hunter College.

In a statement released by Ken Howard, the president of the SAG-AFTRA, he praised Dee calling her ‘truly one of a kind” and stating “the acting community-and the world- is a poorer place for her loss.”

Ruby Dee died Wednesday of natural causes at 91  in her home in New Rochelle, NY.

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