Cleveland-born actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

NEW YORK -- Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.

Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home at New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night.

Dee, who frequently acted alongside her husband of 56 years, Ossie Davis, was surrounded by family and friends, she added.

Her long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film "American Gangster." She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others.

Dee was born Oct. 27, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Though she moved to Harlem as a baby, Cleveland-based Karamu House says she e returned to Cleveland often during the course of her career. She and her husband Ossie Davis were constant supporters of Karamu House and in 1991, they co-produced the musical "Generations" there.

She was more than just an actress. She was also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film American Gangster(2007) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She has won Grammy, Emmy,Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors, among scores of others awards.

She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005.


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