Ruby Dee took her final bow yesterday, June 11. The acclaimed actress of both stage and screen passed away at home, according to her representative, Michael Livingston. She was 91.
With a career spanning seven decades and garnering numerous awards, Ruby was known for her work in movies like A Raisin in the Sun, The Jackie Robinson Story, and American Gangster, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She worked right up until her death; in fact, IMDb claims she appears in a movie, King Dog, that is still filming. No word yet on what her passing may mean for the project.
Ruby made her mark off the camera, too. She and her late husband, Ossie Davis, were well-known members of the civil rights movement. She was friends with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and her efforts working alongside them and others led to her receiving the Frederick Douglass Award from the National Urban League in 1970.
You may have heard Ruby’s name mentioned earlier this week when Broadway’s Audra McDonald received a history-making sixth Tony Award. In her acceptance speech, Audra credited women like Ruby, Billie Holliday, and the recently departed Maya Angelou for making her dreams possible.
Our thoughts are with Ruby’s family during this difficult time.