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Actress and Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee Dead at 91

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Actress and Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee Dead at 91
Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio, television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told the Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night. Dee, who frequently acted alongside her husband of 56 years, Ossie Davis, was surrounded by family and friends, she added. Dee's long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film American Gangster. She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others.
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Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91
Ruby Dee, best known for her role in 1961’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and latterly for her Oscar-nominated turn as Denzel Washington’s mother in 2007’s “American Gangster,” died Wednesday in New York. She was 91.

Dee’s Oscar nomination in 2008 for her performance as the feisty mother of a Harlem druglord played by Washington in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster” was particularly impressive because the actress made an impression on the Motion Picture Academy with only 10 minutes of screen time. She won a SAG Award for the same performance.

Dee also won an Emmy in 1991 for her performance in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie “Decoration Day.”

She and her husband, Ossie Davis, who often performed together, were among the first generation of African-American actors, led by Sidney Poitier, afforded the opportunity for significant, dignified dramatic roles in films, onstage and on television.

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Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91
Ruby Dee, the Oscar-nominated actress whose career in film and theater spanned five decades, died Wednesday, her agent, Michael Livingston, confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 91.  Dee passed away peacefully at her New Rochelle, N.Y., home from age-related causes, Livingston said. Photos: Hollyood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Dee won an Obie Award in 1971 for her portrayal of Lena in Athol Fugard's Boseman and Lena (1970) and a Drama Desk Award for Wedding Band (1974). She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Ridley Scott's 2007 drama American Gangster.  She had

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