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A Reel Tribute To Ruby Dee: So great, so special, unforgettable

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On Thursday June 11, surrounded by loved ones in her New York home, actress Ruby Dee died. The Cleveland, Ohio, native started her career in projects like the soap opera Guiding Light (1952) and bio-film, The Jackie Robinson Story (1950). Dee since had a career that seemed to only get better with age.

Born in 1922, the starlet took on roles of sophisticated, empowering women, such as her conquering role as Annie Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Delany in Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years (1999). This was a film based on a true story of two sisters that both live past the age of 100. Dee’s character (the younger of the 2 sisters) grew up in the late 1800s and early 1900s and faced sexism, racism, and several other challenges, but surpassed them all and went on to become the second African-American dentist.

Ruby Dee not only performed, she lived through the characters she portrayed and allowed viewers to look inside of her to see the truth. Some of her more noted roles might be Spike Lee’s classic, Do the Right Thing (1989), where she played alongside her late husband Ossie Davis; and the role that earned her an Oscar nomination along side Denzel Washington, American Gangster (2007).

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  1. kimberly

    June 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Oh wow!We lost another legend and incredible entertainment.I loved Ruby and her husband Ozzie!I always thought they were a extraordinary couple.She was such a amazing dramatic actress…

  2. Regina

    June 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    She was an extraordinary and phenomenal woman.

  3. Read and think!

    June 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Extraordinary and beautiful woman. “Live in Peace”!

  4. Shihi Venus

    June 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Another Beautiful Spirit headed Home, never a worry, as serene and beautiful as her spirit lived. She loved and embraced her spotlight, on and off the screen and stage, having her King Ossie Davis, running the Peace , Love, Tenderness, Educated Rights for All to be informed. Ruby was a sweet righteous and nurturing Queen, who listened and taught young ladies what it felt like to keep your natural respectful pride of loving yourselves as GODS beautiful creative educated, and strong minded women~*~ Farewell Beautiful Dove, when I think of you My heart ponders “true love”~*~….

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