The world is mourning the departure of yet another of our brightest stars. Actress, activist, and author Ruby Dee has died of natural causes at the age of 91. Miss Dee’s artistic contributions are so extensive that it becomes a challenge to refer to her most well known work.
Depending on what age you are you may know her from several acclaimed theatrical productions, movies, or musical compilations including Do the Right Thing, and American Gangster (of which she was nominated for an Academy Award becoming the second oldest person to do so).
You may have seen her as Queen in the television mini-drama Roots, or somewhere along these last eight decades in the Tony Award winning A Raisin in the Sun along with Sidney Poitier. Negro theatrical productions were in their earliest form but the power of this play, along with the talent of the actors has made this piece, nearly, a household name among Broadway enthusiasts.
Twice married, she is often remembered as the love interest of Ossie Davis, who was by her side as a husband, and fellow performer for the duration of their nearly 60 years together. The couple often gave relationship advice and also co-authored a biography together in which they discussed their open marriage and history as activists and philosophical thinkers.
I found this info on Wiki and thought I would share it, as it clearly displays the love, humor and dedication this couple had for each other. We can only to hope to find a love and life such as Miss Ruby’s. May she R.I.P.
Dee will be cremated, and her ashes will be held in the same urn as that of (Ossie) Davis, with the inscription “In this thing together”