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Ruby Dee

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Also Known As: Died: June 11, 2014
Born: October 27, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Grew up in Harlem
1941:
Worked as apprentice at American Negro Theater (classmates included Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte)
1943:
First Broadway role as a native in "South Pacific"
1946:
Had a featured role in "Jeb"; first Broadway appearance with Ossie Davis
1946:
First starring role on Broadway as title character in "Anna Lucasta"
1950:
Feature acting debut opposite Sidney Poitier in "No Way Out"
1950:
Portrayed the ballplayer's wife in "The Jackie Robinson Story"
1952:
Had regular role on TV daytime soap, "The Guiding Light" (CBS)
1957:
Appeared in "Edge of the City"
1959:
Portrayed Ruth Younger in the Broadway presentation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"
1960:
Featured in "Seven Times Monday" on "Play of the Week"
1961:
Co-starred in the stage production "Purlie Victorious"
1961:
Reprised stage role in feature version of "A Raisin in the Sun"
1963:
Co-starred in the film version of Genet's "The Balcony"
1964:
Earned first Emmy nomination for guest appearance on the ABC series "The Nurses"
1966:
Cast in the lead role of a black woman who marries a white man in "The Wedding Band"
1967:
Acted in the big screen drama "The Incident"
1968:
Screenwriting debut as co-author of "Uptight"; also co-starred
1968:
Had regular role on the ABC primetime serial "Peyton Place"
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Worked as columnist for NYC's <i>Amsterdam News</i> and as associate editor of <i>Freedomways</i> magazine
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Garnered much acclaim for playing the female lead in the stage play "Boesman and Lena"
1972:
Portrayed Leslie Uggams' mother in the feature "Black Girl"; directed by husband Ossie Davis
1972:
Reprised role of black woman in an interracial marriage in the Off-Broadway production "Wedding Band" (filmed for TV)
1974:
Once again played a baseball player's wife in the TV biopic "It's Good to Be Alive" (CBS)
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Co-produced and starred on radio program, "The Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Story Hour"
1979:
Portrayed Alex Haley's grandmother Queen in "Roots: The Next Generation" (ABC)
1979:
Wrote play, "Twin-Bit Gardens"; laster revised and presented as "Take It from the Top"; also made stage directing debut
1980:
Co-starred with Ossie Davis in "All God's Children"
1980:
Co-hosted and starred in the series "Ossie & Ruby" (with husband Ossie Davis); also produced and directed episodes
1983:
With Davis, headlined an all-black TV production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
1985:
Appeared in "The Atlanta Child Murders" (CBS)
1988:
Returned to Broadway alongside Denzel Washington and Paul Winfield in "Checkmates"
1989:
Portrayed Amanda Winfield in a staging of "The Glass Menagerie" in Washington, DC
1989:
Played supporting role of a mystical neighborhood resident in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"
1990:
Portrayed famed Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston in "Zora Is My Name!" (PBS); also wrote teleplay
1991:
With husband, played the parents of Wesley Snipes in Lee's "Jungle Fever"
1994:
Portrayed Mother Abagail in the TV adaptation of "Stephen King's The Stand" (ABC)
1995:
Co-starred in the Academy Award nominated short "Tuesday Morning Ride"
1999:
Provided the voice of Alice the Great in the Nickelodeon animated series "Little Bill" starring Bill Cosby
1999:
Portrayed Bessie Delany in the TV presentation "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years"
1999:
Wrote and starred in the stage production "My One Good Nerve: A Visit With Ruby Dee"
2000:
Cast in the Showtime movies, "A Storm in Summer" and "Finding Buck McHenry"; co-starred with husband Ossie Davis
2001:
Returned to the NY stage in "St. Lucy's Eyes"
2006:
With husband Ossie Davis, created the spoken word album, "With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together" (released after Ossie's death)
2007:
Played Frank Lucas' (Denzel Washington) mother in "American Gangster"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2009:
Co-starred with Rosie O┬┐Donnell in the Lifetime movie, "America"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actress in a TV Movie

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