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.