Ruby Dee

February 13, 2009 by: admin

Ruby DeeBiography
Ruby Dee was born in 1924 and brought up in Harlem. In the mid-1940s, she was performing with the American Negro Theatre and, in 1946, made a spectacular Broadway debut in Anna Lucasta. Shortly afterwards, she started appearing in films and quickly began to be given many of the few acting parts then written for Afro-American women. In 1950, she appeared in the film No Way Out with Ossie Davis, whom she had married two tears earlier. (Both were uncredited.) In 1961, she had a major part in A Raisin in the Sun. Her theatrical career also flourished and included impressive performances in Shakespeare, especially her Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew (1965).

Later in her career, she frequently appeared with Ossie Davis. In 1980, they co-hosted their own TV show, Ossie and Ruby!. Spike Lee featured them both in his films Do the Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1991). She and her husband have also worked tirelessly for many civil rights groups and, in 1989, were both inducted into the NAACP image award Hall of Fame.

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