Actress Ruby Dee dies at age 91

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Acclaimed actress Ruby Dee died at age 91 on June 11. The actress was known for her work on the stage, radio, television and film. She was with her family and friends when she died of natural causes in her home in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday.

Nora Davis Day told the Associated Press, “We have had her for so long and we loved her so much. We gave her our permission to set sail. She opened her eyes, closed her eyes and away she went."

Dee was nominated for an Oscar at age 83 for her work in American Gangster. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work in the miniseries, Decoration Day. She was nominated for her work in Lincoln and Roots: The Next Generation. Dee also starred in the movie, Do the Right Thing.

Dee was a civil rights activist. She was born on October 27, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. According to Reuters, she was raised in Harlem. She was married to actor and activist Ossie Davis for 56 years, until 2005, when Davis passed away. Dee leaves behind her three children and seven grandchildren.

Image courtesy of Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

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