Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee floated up to heaven yesterday after dying at her home in New Rochelle, NY. Ruby Dee was 911.
Ruby Dee’s rep told CNN that she died peacefully and was with her three kids and seven grandchildren at the time. Ruby’s husband of over 50 years Ossie Davis died in 2005. They were both civil rights activists and Ruby gave the eulogy at Malcom X’s funeral. Ruby’s long acting career started on the stage and she starred in A Raisin in the Sun with Sydney Poitier on Broadway and later played the same role in the movie. Ruby was in Jungle Fever, The Stand, Cat People (CAT PEOPLE!), The Jackie Robinson Story, Do The Right Thing and she was nominated for an Oscar for American Gangster. Ruby was in a million TV shows and if you’re a Golden Girls historian you know her as Blanche’s nanny who was Big Daddy’s side piece and the love of his life.
Rest in peace, Ruby Dee. You are now in heaven, having a beautiful open marriage with Ossie Davis.