Ruby Dee

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Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She is perhaps best known for originating 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).

Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She is perhaps best known for originating 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).

Birth Name

Ruby Ann Wallace

Born

Friday, 27 October 1922

Died

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Actress Filmography

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Herself 2018
An Ecstatic Experience Herself (archive footage) 2015
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself (In Memoriam) (archive footage) 2014
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Herself 2014
1982 Rose Brown 2013
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Herself (archive footage) 2013
Betty and Coretta Narrator 2013
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Herself 2012
A Thousand Words Annie McCall 2012
Sing Your Song Herself 2012
(see additional filmography)

Actress Filmography

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Herself 2018
An Ecstatic Experience Herself (archive footage) 2015
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself (In Memoriam) (archive footage) 2014
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Herself 2014
1982 Rose Brown 2013
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Herself (archive footage) 2013
Betty and Coretta Narrator 2013
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Herself 2012
A Thousand Words Annie McCall 2012
Sing Your Song Herself 2012
Politics Of Love 2011
The Perfect Age Of Rock 'N' Roll Miss Candy 2011
Video Girl Valerie 2011
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) 2010
A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School Narrator (voice) 2009
America Mrs. Harper 2009
Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (voice) 2009
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement Herself 2009
Steam Doris 2007
American Gangster Mama Lucas 2007
All About Us Ms. Ella 2007
The Way Back Home Maude 2006
Naming Number Two Nanna Maria 2006
Lockdown, USA Narrator 2006
Iconoclasts 2005
The Tyra Banks Show Herself 2005
Their Eyes Were Watching God Nanny 2005
Character Studies Herself 2005
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (archive footage) 2004
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Herself 2003
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Reader 2003
Def Poetry Herself 2002
Counting on Democracy: The Untold Story of 175,000 Missing Votes in the 2000 Presidential Election Herself - Narrator 2002
Taking Back Our Town Emelda West 2001
The Feast of All Saints Elsie Claviere 2001
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mary Wilson 2000
A Storm in Summer Grandmother 2000
Little Bill Alice the Great (voice), Alice the Great 1999
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany 1999
Baby Geniuses Margo 1999
Passing Glory Mommit Porter 1999
The Directors Herself 1999
A Time To Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner Narrator 1998
A Simple Wish Hortense 1997
Theater Talk Self (archive footage) 1996
Cosby Mattie 1996
Promised Land Alicia 1996
Mr. And Mrs. Loving Sophia 1996
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Grandma 1995
Just Cause Evangeline 1995
Tuesday Morning Ride Jennie 1995
Touched by an Angel LaBelle Springbelt 1994
Whitewash Grandmother (voice) 1994
The Stand Mother Abagail Freemantle, Mother Abagail 1994
Street Gear Mosley Davis 1995
Cop & ½ Rachel 1993
Middle Ages Estelle Williams, Estelle 1992
HBO First Look Herself 1992
Color Adjustment Narrator 1992
Jungle Fever Lucinda Purify 1991
Decoration Day Rowena 1990
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Jackie's Mother 1990
Evening Shade Aurelia Danforth 1990
Love At Large Corrine Dart 1990
Making Do the Right Thing Herself 1989
Do the Right Thing Mother Sister 1989
American Experience Narrator 1988
P.O.V. Self (archive footage) 1988
China Beach Ruby 1988
Lincoln Elizabeth Keckley 1988
Windmills of the Gods Dorothy - Secretary to Mary Ashley 1988
American Masters Narrator (voice), Self 1986
Spenser: For Hire Eleanor Simpson 1985
The Golden Girls Mammy Watkins 1985
The Atlanta Child Murders Faye Williams 1985
Go Tell It On The Mountain Mrs. Grimes 1984
Reading Rainbow Herself (voice), Herself 1983
Cat People Female 1982
American Playhouse Mrs. Grimes, Zora Neale Hurston 1981
All God's Children Irene Whitfield 1980
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Grandmother Baker 1979
Roots: The Next Generations la reine Victoria Haley, Queen Haley 1979
America at the Movies Ruth Younger (archive footage) 1976
Cool Red Leah Matanzima 1976
Police Woman Cora Sanders 1974
Wedding Band Julia Augustine 1974
It's Good to Be Alive Ruth Campanella 1974
Tenafly Jan Lennox 1973
Black Girl Netta's mother 1972
Great Performances Narrator / Self, Self 1972
Buck And The Preacher Ruth 1972
Actor's Choice Herself - performer 1970
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Herself 1970
The Bold Ones: The Protectors Lucinda 1969
Uptight Laurie 1968
The Incident Joan Robinson 1967
History of the Negro People Herself 1965
Peyton Place Alma Miles 1964
The Great Adventure Harriet Tubman 1963
East Side/West Side Marilyn Marsden 1963
Gone Are the Days! Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins 1963
The Fugitive Laura Smith 1963
The Balcony Thief 1963
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself - Guest 1962
The Doctors and the Nurses Jenny Bishop 1962
Alcoa Premiere Irene Clayton 1961
Password Herself 1961
The DuPont Show of the Week Herself 1961
The Defenders Catherine Collins 1961
A Raisin In The Sun Ruth Younger 1961
Take a Giant Step Christine 1959
Play of the Week Jane, Lila 1959
Our Virgin Island Ruth 1959
St. Louis Blues Elizabeth 1958
Edge Of The City Lucy Tyler 1957
The Great American Pastime Mrs. Ashlow 1956
Armchair Theatre Vicky Kingsbury 1956
Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951
The Tall Target Rachel - Slave Maid 1951
No Way Out Connie Brooks (uncredited) 1950
The Jackie Robinson Story Rae Robinson 1950

Producer Filmography

Uptight 1968
2008 Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1993 Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
1991 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Won
1990 Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
1988 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1979 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Nominated
1964 Emmy Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
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