We’re sad to share the news that Academy Award nominated actress, Ruby Dee, has passed away. She was 91.
The star of stage and screen reportedly died on Wednesday night at her home in New Rochelle, NY. It’s unclear the cause of death, but TMZ says that when she passed, she was surrounded by her family members. According to the New York Daily News, members of the family don’t want to answer any questions about Dee’s passing, but will put out a statement soon.
Dee was one of the greatest actresses out there, and was best known for her roles in A Raisin in the Sun, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and American Gangster, the latter of which came out in 2007. It was for her role as the mother of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) in that film that Dee finally obtained an Academy Award nomination, picking up a nom for Best Supporting Actress.
And of course, Dee was also known as one-half of one of Hollywood’s greatest love stories. She was married to the late actor Ossie Davis, and worked alongside him in a number of films over the years. Both were active in the Civil Rights Movement (they were friends of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X) and were married for more than 50 years after meeting for the first time while working on a Broadway play. Davis passed away in 2005 at the age of 87.
The Cleveland-born actress, poet and writer will be missed.