Oct 27, 1922
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Jun 11, 2014
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Mother of
Guy Davis
Wife of
Ossie Davis (December 9, 1948 - his death)
Biography: Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio to Gladys and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace. She attended Hunter College. She joined the American Negro Theater as an apprentice. She performed at the American Shakespeare Festival. She married blues singer Frankie Dee Brown in 1941. She then married actor Ossie Davis, whom she met while costarring in Robert Ardrey's Jeb on Broadway. The couple became well-known civil rights activists, and jointly received the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton. They had three children: Guy Davis, Nora Day, and Hasna Muhammad.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "American Gangster," "Do the Right Thing," "Cat People," "Just Cause," "A Thousand Words," "Baby Geniuses," "Jungle Fever," "A Raisin in the Sun," "A Simple Wish," and "Buck and the Preacher." Television credits include: "The Golden Girls," "Touched by an Angel," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "Guiding Light," "China Beach," "Today," and "The Fugitive."

Other Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for "Decoration Day" in 1991. Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors with Ossie Davis in 2004. Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album with Ossie Davis for the album "With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together" in 2007.

She appeared with her husband Ossie Davis in nine films.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on June 13, 2014.
Checkmates (Aug 04, 1988 - Dec 31, 1988)
  • Starring: Ruby Dee [Mattie Cooper]
Purlie Victorious (Sep 28, 1961 - May 13, 1962)
  • Starring: Ruby Dee [Lutiebell Gussie Mae Jenkins]
A Raisin in the Sun (Mar 11, 1959 - Jun 25, 1960)
  • Performer: Ruby Dee [Ruth Younger]
The Smile of the World (Jan 12, 1949 - Jan 15, 1949)
  • Performer: Ruby Dee [Evelyn]
A Long Way From Home (Feb 08, 1948 - Feb 15, 1948)
  • Performer: Ruby Dee [Marcy]
Jeb (Feb 21, 1946 - Feb 28, 1946)
  • Performer: Ruby Dee [Libby George]
Anna Lucasta (Aug 30, 1944 - Nov 30, 1946)
  • Performer: Ruby Dee
    • Anna - Replacement
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South Pacific (Dec 29, 1943 - Jan 01, 1944)
  • Performer: Ruby Dee [Native]

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Performance

1973 | Winner
Ruby Dee (for "Wedding Band")

Outstanding Performance

1971 | Winner
Ruby Dee (for "Boesman and Lena")


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