Ruby Dee

Biography

Date of Birth 27 October 1924, Cleveland, Ohio, USA Birth Name Ruby Ann Wallace Height 5' 2¼" (1.58 m) Spouse Ossie Davis (9 December 1948 - 4 February 2005) (his death) 3 children Frankie Dee Brown (31 August 1941 - 1945) (divorced) Trivia 1989: Voted into the NAACP image award Hall of Fame with husband Ossie Davis. She is a member of the NAACP, CORE, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Southern Christian Leadership Council. Says her favorite quote comes from the book, "Charlotte's Web": "'Isn't Life peculiar!' said Jeremy. 'Compared to what?' said the spider.". Is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2004: Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, along with Elton John, Joan Sutherland, John Williams, Warren Beatty and husband Ossie Davis. Has three children, Nora, Guy Davis and Hasna. 1995: She and husband Ossie Davis were awarded the American National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC. Attended Hunter College. In 2008, at the age of 83, she became the second oldest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. The oldest is Gloria Stuart. One of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008. Personal Quotes I didn't have the kind of talent or personality that kept me dreaming about Hollywood. They don't hire little colored girls to do this or that.

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Birth Name

Ruby Ann Wallace

Birth Place

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Birth Date

10/27/1922

Death Date

6/11/2014
Known For
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Do the Right Thing

Mother Sister

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A Simple Wish

Hortense

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Cop and A Half

Rachel

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A Raisin in the Sun

Ruth Younger

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The Jackie Robinson Story

Rae Robinson

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Betty and Coretta

Narrator

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Fiji Drive No 2

Nanna Maria

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Uptight

Laurie

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Captive Heart: The James Mink Story

Indigo

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Finding Buck McHenry

Mrs. Henry

Starring In
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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

Self

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1982

Rose Brown

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Betty and Coretta

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A Thousand Words

Annie McCall

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Video Girl

Valerie

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Sing Your Song

Self

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America

Mrs. Harper

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The Perfect Age Of Rock 'N' Roll

Miss Candy the bartender

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American Gangster

Mama Lucas

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All About Us

Ms. Ella

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Wild Style

Fantastic Freaks

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The Way Back Home

Maude

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Reading Rainbow: Man's Best Friend

Herself (2 episodes, 1984-1992)

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Fiji Drive No 2

Nanna Maria

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Nanny

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The Feast Of All Saints

Elsie Claviere

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A Storm in Summer

Grandmother

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Finding Buck McHenry

Mrs. Henry

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Christianity-The First Two Thousand Years

Narrator (unknown episodes)

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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years

Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany

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Baby Geniuses

Margo

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Passing Glory

Mommit Porter

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The Wall

Mrs. Mitchell (segment "The Badge")

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A Simple Wish

Hortense

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Captive Heart: The James Mink Story

Indigo

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Mr. and Mrs. Loving

Sophia

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Just Cause

Evangeline

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Cop and A Half

Rachel

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The Ernest Green Story

Mrs. Lydia Wilson

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Color Adjustment

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Jungle Fever

Lucinda Purify

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The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson

Jackie's mother

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Love at Large

Corrine Dart

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Do the Right Thing

Mother Sister

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Lincoln

Elizabeth Keckley

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Cat People

Female

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All God's Children

Irene Whitfield

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Grandmother Baxter

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Roots - The Next Generations

Queen Haley

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Cool Red

Leah Matanzima

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Wattstax

Herself (uncredited)

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Buck and the Preacher

Ruth

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Black Girl

Netta's mother

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The Sheriff

Sue Ann Lucas

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King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

Self

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Uptight

Laurie

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The Incident

Joan Robinson

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The Balcony

Thief

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Gone Are the Days!

Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins

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A Raisin in the Sun

Ruth Younger

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Take a Giant Step

Christine

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Our Virgin Island

Ruth

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Edge of the City

Lucy Tyler

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Go Man Go

Irma Jackson

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The Tall Target

Rachel - Slave Maid

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No Way Out

Connie Brooks (uncredited)

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The Jackie Robinson Story

Rae Robinson

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