Last week, the world lost not just an actress, but an activist, pioneer and a woman who had left a legacy spanning 50+ years across the arts. Her name, was Ruby Dee.
Ruby Dee began her acting career not on the screen, but the stage. In 1959 she appeared in the play, “A Raisin In The Sun,” opposite a young Sidney Poitier. She and Poitier would reprise their roles two years later for the film version of the play.
At the time of her death, Ruby Dee had more than 100 film credits to her name. It wasn’t just her passion for acting that she was known for, but also speaking out for civil rights, especially as it related to people of color in America. This culminated in her reading a poem at the 1963 March On Washington.
Ruby Dee was also known for her marriage to fellow actor, Ossie Davis. The two appeared together in Spike Lee’s 1989 film, “Do The Right Thing.” R.I.P. Ruby Dee.