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