Legendary actress and Civil Rights leader, Ruby Dee, has died at the age of 91. Dee died peacefully at her New Rochelle, New York, home on Wednesday, according to her representative, Michael Livingston. Ruby Dee paved the way for African American actresses and won an Emmy, a Grammy and a Screen Actors Guild award. Dee — often with her late husband, Ossie Davis — was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. She was friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the National Urban League. Davis preceded his wife in death in 2005.
Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “American Gangster” (2007). She also won an Emmy and Grammy for other work.Some of her credits include starring on Broadway, appearing in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever” and in the 1979 TV movie, “Roots: The Next Generation.” Enjoy this slideshow of Ruby Dee throughout her life & career. May she rest in peace.