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Ruby Dee (I) (1922–2014)

Ruby Dee was born on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Ruby Ann Wallace. She was an actress, known for American Gangster (2007), Do the Right Thing (1989) and Guiding Light (1952). She was married to Ossie Davis and Frankie Dee Brown. She died on June 11, 2014 in New Rochelle, New York, USA. See full bio »

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American Gangster
American Gangster Mama Lucas
Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing Mother Sister
Guiding Light
Guiding Light Martha Frazier (1967)
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Jungle Fever Lucinda Purify


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  King Dog (filming)
Mary Johnson
 2013/I 1982
Rose Brown
 2013 Betty and Coretta (TV Movie)
 2011 Video Girl
 2011 Red & Blue Marbles
Professor Wright
 2010 Dream Street
 2009 America (TV Movie)
Mrs. Harper
 2007 Steam
 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Mary Wilson
- Empty Eyes (2007) ... Mary Wilson
 2006 The Way Back Home
 2006 Naming Number Two
Nanna Maria
 2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV Movie)
 2001 Taking Back Our Town (TV Movie)
Emelda West
 2001 Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Elsie Claviere
 2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier (2000) ... Grandma (voice)
 2000 Finding Buck McHenry (TV Movie)
Mrs. Henry
 2000 A Storm in Summer (TV Movie)
 1999 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
LaBelle Springbelt
- The Christmas Gift (1999) ... LaBelle Springbelt
 1999 Shelly Fisher (TV Movie)
Mrs. Greenspan
 1999 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (TV Movie)
Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
 1999 Baby Geniuses
 1999 Passing Glory (TV Movie)
Mommit Porter
 1999 Cosby (TV Series)
- Ol' Betsy (1999) ... Mattie
 1998 Promised Land (TV Series)
- Baptism of Fire (1998) ... Alicia
 1998 The Wall (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mitchell (segment "The Badge")
 1996 Stories from the Edge (TV Movie) (segment "Tuesday Morning Ride")
 1996 Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (TV Movie)
 1996 Mr. and Mrs. Loving (TV Movie)
 1995 Tuesday Morning Ride (Short)
 1995 Street Gear (TV Series)
Mosley Davis
- Davis vs. Davis (1995) ... Mosley Davis
- Smiley Face (1995) ... Mosley Davis
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell (1995) ... Mosley Davis
- Look Who's Quiet Now (1995) ... Mosley Davis
- Two Blind Mice (1995) ... Mosley Davis
 1995 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul (1995) ... Narrator (voice)
 1994 Whitewash (TV Short)
Grandmother (voice)
 1993 The Poetry Hall of Fame (TV Movie)
 1993 Cop & ½
 1993 Evening Shade (TV Series)
Aurelia Danforth
- They Can't Take That Away from Me (1993) ... Aurelia Danforth
 1992 Middle Ages (TV Series)
Estelle Williams
 1991 Jazztime Tale (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1990 Decoration Day (TV Movie)
Rowena, Finch's Housekeeper
 1990 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Mammy Watkins
- Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy (1990) ... Mammy Watkins
 1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (TV Movie)
Jackie's mother
 1990 China Beach (TV Series)
- Skylark (1990) ... Ruby
 1985-1990 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Zora Neale Hurston / Mrs. Grimes
- Zora Is My Name! (1990) ... Zora Neale Hurston
- Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985) ... Mrs. Grimes
 1990 Love at Large
Corrine Dart
 1990 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
 1988 Lincoln (TV Mini-Series)
Elizabeth Keckley
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series)
Dorothy - Secretary to Mary Ashley
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Dorothy - Secretary to Mary Ashley
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Dorothy - Secretary to Mary Ashley
 1987 Crown Dick (TV Movie)
Johnson's Mother
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Eleanor Simpson
- Personal Demons (1987) ... Eleanor Simpson
 1985 The Atlanta Child Murders (TV Mini-Series)
Faye Williams
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Faye Williams
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Faye Williams
 1984 Go Tell It on the Mountain
Mrs. Grimes
 1982 Cat People
 1980 Ossie and Ruby! (TV Series)
Co-host (1980-81)
 1980 All God's Children (TV Movie)
Irene Whitfield
 1979 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (TV Movie)
Grandmother Baxter
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Queen Haley
- Episode #1.6 (1979) ... Queen Haley
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Queen Haley
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Queen Haley
 1978 Watch Your Mouth (TV Series)
Mrs. Fullo
- The Outcast (1978) ... Mrs. Fullo
 1976 Cool Red
Leah Matanzima
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Cora Sanders
- Target Black (1975) ... Cora Sanders
 1974 Wedding Band (TV Movie)
Julia Augustine
 1974 It's Good to Be Alive (TV Movie)
Ruth Campanella
 1973 Tenafly (TV Series)
Jan Lennox
- The Window That Wasn't (1973) ... Jan Lennox
 1973 Chelsea D.H.O. (TV Movie)
Dr. Bianca Pearson
 1972 To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (TV Movie)
 1972 Buck and the Preacher
 1971 The Sheriff (TV Movie)
Sue-Anne Lucas
 1968-1969 Peyton Place (TV Series)
Alma Miles
- Episode #5.51 (1969) ... Alma Miles
- Episode #5.49 (1969) ... Alma Miles
- Episode #5.48 (1969) ... Alma Miles
- Episode #5.47 (1969) ... Alma Miles
- Episode #5.46 (1969) ... Alma Miles
 1969 The Bold Ones: The Protectors (TV Series)
- Deadlock (1969) ... Lucinda
 1968 Uptight
 1967 The Incident
Joan Robinson
 1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Vicky Kingsbury
- Neighbours (1966) ... Vicky Kingsbury
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
Catherine Collins
- The Sworn Twelve (1965) ... Catherine Collins
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Marilyn Marsden
- No Hiding Place (1963) ... Marilyn Marsden
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Laura Smith
- Decision in the Ring (1963) ... Laura Smith
 1963 Gone Are the Days!
Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Jenny Bishop
- Express Stop from Lenox Avenue (1963) ... Jenny Bishop
 1963 The Balcony
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Irene Clayton
- Impact of an Execution (1963) ... Irene Clayton
 1962 Seven Times Monday (TV Movie)
 1960-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Jane / Lila
- Black Monday (1961) ... Jane
- Seven Times Monday (1960) ... Lila
 1959 Take a Giant Step
 1958 Our Virgin Island
 1958 St. Louis Blues
 1957 Edge of the City
Lucy Tyler
 1956 The Great American Pastime
Mrs. Ashlow (uncredited)
 1954 Go Man Go
Irma Jackson
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Martha Frazier (1967)
 1951 Frontiers of Faith (TV Series)
Grace Gilmore
- The Bitter Cup ... Grace Gilmore
 1951 The Tall Target
Rachel - Slave Maid
 1950 No Way Out
Connie Brooks (uncredited)
 1949 The Fight Never Ends
 1948 What a Guy
 1946 The First Year (TV Movie)
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(???) Stage: Appeared in "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway. NOTE: She won an Obie award. See more »

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I think you mustn't tell your body, you mustn't tell your soul, 'I'm going to retire', You may be changing your life emphasis, but there's still things that you have in mind to do that now seems the right time to do. I really don't believe in retiring as long as you can breathe. See more »


Is one of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008. See more »

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Oscar nod is a joke otempko
Any Oscar Chances? okrim37
She won the SAG?????? Jacksterboy
SHE JUST WON THE SAG! chadedwards1980-1
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