Ruby Dee

American actress (1922–2014)

Ruby Dee (née Wallace; October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, screenwriter and playwright. She acted in many television series and movies. She won many awards, including Grammy Awards and Emmy Awards. She starred in Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, No. 2 and in American Gangster. She also did many stage plays. She was married to activist and actor Ossie Davis.

Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee - 1972.jpg
Ruby Dee in 1972
Ruby Ann Wallace

(1922-10-27)October 27, 1922
DiedJune 11, 2014(2014-06-11) (aged 91)
OccupationActress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, activist
Years active1940–2014
Spouse(s)Frankie Dee Brown (m. approx 1941–1945; divorced)
Ossie Davis
(m. 1948–2005; his death)

Dee died on June 11, 2014, at her home in New Rochelle, New York, from natural causes at the age of 91.[1]


  1. NEUMAIER, Joe (June 12, 2014). "Ruby Dee dead at 91". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 12, 2014.

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