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Ruby Ann Wallace, was born in Cleveland, October 27, 1924 in the family of Marshal Edward Nathaniel Wallace and his wife Gladys Hightower. After her mother left the family, the father of the newly married teacher Emma Amelia Benson and Ruby grew up in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. There she graduated from high school and then studied at the college.
From 1941 to 1945, Ruby was married to singer Frankie Dee Brown, whose name later became used on the stage, and in 1948 for the second time married, with the actor Ossie Davis.
Her Broadway debut was in the end of 1943 in the famous musical “South Pacific.” In later years, she appeared several times on Broadway, and made her debut in the movie, but the first success achieved only in 1950 after the execution of the role of Ray Robinson in the movie “Jackie Robinson Story” (1950). In the future, Ruby Dee has not left the theater, and during his career has played an active both on stage and in the cinema.
On screen she appeared frequently with Sidney Poitier, including the films “City Outskirts” (1956), “Raisin in the Sun” (1961) and “Buck and the Preacher” (1972). In the 1960s there were serious political role in the film from Ruby Dee, for example in the “Elapsed Days” (1963) and “Incident” (1967).
On television, Ruby Dee appeared in the television series “Peyton Place,” “The Golden Girls,” “Touched by an Angel” and many others. It is eight times nominated for the “Emmy”, and only once it has been awarded for his role in the television movie “The Day decorations” in 1990.
Also, she had a remarkable role in the film “Cat People” (1982), “Love Fever” (1991), “Cop and a Half” (1993), “Confrontation” (1994) and “fair trial” (1995).
In 2005 he died, her husband Ossie Davis, with whom she spent in an open marriage 57 years. One of their three children, Guy Davis, a musician. Together with her husband Dee was and remains a public activist and a member of many organizations, including the NAACP. They were also friends of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. More than 30 years Ruby has struggled with breast cancer and as a result managed to beat the disease.
In 2007, Ruby Dee received the award “Grammy” for the album «With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together», devoted their life together with Ossie Davis. In the same year she became a nominee for “Oscar” for his role as Lucas mother in the film “American Gangster.” Ruby Dee, in his 83 years old, became the second oldest, after Gloria Stuart, nominee for the award Academy.