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Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Has Died

R.I.P. Ruby. Thanks for being a breath of fresh air to us. I can only imagine that Ozzie was waiting with open arms.

The Fifth Column

98687588-actress-ruby-dee-poses-for-a-photo-on-the-red-carpet-at Actress Ruby Dee on the red carpet at the Broadway Opening of ‘Fences’ on April 26, 2010 in New York City. PHOTO BY JEMAL COUNTESS/GETTY IMAGES

What a wonderful woman. She will be missed…

The Root

She lived a life of passion and commitment—to her art, to civil rights and to her husband.

Iconic actress Ruby Dee, who passed away on June 11, 2014, at the age of 91, will be remembered for her graceful presence on the stage and before the camera, but she will also be celebrated as a civil rights activist.

Born Ruby Ann Wallace on Oct. 27, 1922, in Cleveland, the award-winning star was nonetheless a true New Yorker. She and her family moved to Harlem amid the height of the Harlem Renaissance. After high school she attended Hunter College, where she discovered her love of the theater, performing in Shakespearean productions and in the play South…

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