Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee in 1972

Ruby Dee (born Ruby Ann Wallace; October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She originated the role of “Ruth Younger” in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961). Her other notable film roles include The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) and Do the Right Thing (1989).

Dee was married to Ossie Davis, with whom she frequently performed until his death in 2005.

For her performance as Mahalee Lucas in American Gangster (2007), Dee was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Dee was a Grammy, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk winner. She was also a National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors and Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient. –Wikipedia

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightTake it From the Top 1979-80 Season
PlaywrightOne Good Nerve: A Visit with Ruby Dee 1997-98 Season
PlaywrightThe River Crosses Rivers: Short Plays by Women of Color 2009-10 Season
Actor Take it From the Top 1979-80 Season
Actor Checkmates 1995-96 Season
Actor One Good Nerve: A Visit with Ruby Dee 1997-98 Season
Actor A Last Dance for Sybil 2002-03 Season