Remembering Ruby Dee — Interesting Facts about Ossie Davis' Wife of 56 Years
Late Hollywood entertainer Ruby Dee explored her career in several fields, ranging from journalism, activism, poetry, and writing, among others. Here is a peek into the legacy she lived.
Hollywood Legend Ruby Dee, who married fellow star Ossie Davis was famous for her role in 1961's "A Raisin in the Sun," among many other film projects alongside her spouse, Ossie Davis.
However, she spread her expertise to other professions where she excelled as well. According to Biography, Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace and grew up in Harlem. She got acquainted with stage plays in her teenage years as a member of the American Negro Theatre.
Dee passed on in June 2014 and was said to have died from natural causes. The Hollywood legend died at her home in New Rochelle, New York, at the age of 91.
Dee got her big break in 1946 as the main cast of the Broadway musical, "Anna Lucasta." She met her spouse, Davis the same year. The duo got married and had three children. They would later amass outstanding Hollywood recognition and awards together.
History Makers reports that Dee was not just an actress but one of the pacesetters in Hollywood. She became the first African-American woman to take a lead role in the American Shakespearean Festival.
Dee's tenacity extends to her personal life as she was a cancer survivor for over thirty years. She and her husband jointly received several awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the NAACP Hall of Fame, the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Screen Actors' Guild's Life Achievement Award, among others.
In her lifetime, Dee starred in over fifty movies and established a hallmark of acting. Dee and Davis also extended their expertise to authorship, screenwriting, and civic activism.
NPR reports that Dee's career spanned 70 years. She and her spouse were civil rights activists who worked alongside the likes of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Once in an interview, Dee mentioned that she and her husband used their art as an instrument for activism.
Davis passed on in 2005 when Dee was away in New Zealand working on a movie project. After his death, Dee made sure to carry on the legacy. That same year, the duo was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word album.