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Award-winning actress Ruby Dee, best known for her parts in A Raisin in the SunAmerican Gangster, and Do the Right Thing, died on Wednesday at the age of 91.

Dee might not be immediately recognizable to many contemporary film-goers, but both her biography and her filmography are impressive ones. She’s acknowledged as a major force in the generation of African-American actors who aspired to greater dramatic roles than those allowed to their forebears. Alongside the likes of Sidney Poitier, Dee appeared in significant film, stage, and television roles across decades, carving a niche for herself and opening the pathway for other African-American stars . She appeared opposite Poitier in the film version of A Raisin in the Sun, where they both reprised the roles they originated on stage. She later appeared opposite Jackie Robinson as his wife in The Jackie Robinson Story. She received an Oscar nomination for American Gangster, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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