Ruby Dee

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Ruby Ann Wallace
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/27/1924, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 06/11/2014
  • Profession: Actor; author; activist
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Ruby Dee Fast Facts:
  • As a teenager in Harlem, studied at the America Negro Theater; classmates included Sidney Poitier, with whom she later appeared in both the 1959 Broadway production and 1961 film version of A Raisin in the Sun.
  • Made her Broadway debut in a 1943 non-musical version of South Pacific.
  • Met husband Ossie Davis while performing in the Broadway drama Jeb in 1946. It was the first of some 50 performances together.
  • Earned recognition in the 1950 biopic The Jackie Robinson Story, as Robinson's wife, Rachel; Jackie Robinson played himself.
  • Was a regular on the CBS soap opera The Guiding Light in 1967.
  • With Davis, wrote a memoir, In This Life Together;  has also published volumes of poetry as well as several film and stage scripts.
  • With Davis, was inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame (1989); was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts (1995); and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors (2004).
  • Was honored at a celeb-filled bash in Harlem for her 90th birthday in October 2012 that included an excerpt from a documentary about her life with Ossie Davis produced by grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad.
  • Ruby Dee Relationships:
  • Ossie Davis - Husband (deceased)
  • Emma Benson Wallace - Stepmother
  • Gladys Hightower - Mother
  • Guy Davis - Son
  • Nora Davis Day - Daughter
  • Edward Nathaniel Wallace - Father
  • Frank Dee Brown - Ex-husband
  • Hasna Davis Muhammad - Daughter
  • Ruby Dee Awards:
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special - Winner
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award - Winner
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special - Nominee
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album - Winner
  • 1964 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2007 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
  • College:
  • City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, New York, United States (BA, 1945)

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