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Ruby Dee dies


Legendary artist and activist Ruby Dee dies at 91, two weeks after the passing of late poet Maya Angelou. Dubbed the queen of Black Hollywood, the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress Ruby Dee and her late husband Ossie Davis were stalwarts in both the civil rights and entertainment community.

Later this month at the American Black Film Festival, their grandson, Muta” Ali, is premiering a documentary titled, Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, a documentary about his grandparents which includes interviews with Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Hill Harper, Samuel Jackson, Spike Lee, Sonia Sanchez and Dr. Cornel West among other notables who offer insights into and memories of the couple’s love, art and activism. It will also include never-before-seen footage and memorabilia from the Davis-Dee family archives.

Ruby Dee passed away in her home in New Rochelle, NY in the company of family.


  1. sue on June 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    My condolences to Ruby Dee’s family. She lived a full and amazing life. RIP

  2. lou on June 12, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    my heart felt , prayer go out to the family , my favorite movie i first saw her in and loved her was buck and the preacher , it was so good , i can watch this movie anytime and see something new .. i first saw it when i was very young my uncle was into westerns and i sat and watched it with him when i was 8 and i never forgot how mesmerized i was with her acting she was so much that character… in all the roles she played she was very mesmerizing and she makes you keep an eye on her thoughout the movie my 2nd movie i loved her was DO THE RIGHT THING spike lee movie she was so sweet in that window and real., she was her character and her characters were her .. thank you ms dee your a wonderful soul fan