R.I.P. Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

From USA Today:

Ruby Dee was not able to make the 80th gala celebration of the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem on Tuesday night.

But the actress, who had played such a pivotal role in supporting the culturally vital theater with her late actor husband, Ossie Davis, was there in more than spirit.

Organizers screened a previous interview with Dee that has served as an oral history — a fitting tribute to the theater, but also to the trailblazing actress who died on Thursday.

Dee was revered not only for a career that spanned television, movies, radio and the stage, but also for her social, cultural activism and civil rights work alongside of Davis.

“It was so poignant, she was so beautiful and articulate and one of our greatest entertainers,” says Jonelle Procope, president and CEO of the Apollo Theater. “We were so honored to have her with us as long as we did.”

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13 thoughts on “R.I.P. Ruby Dee

  1. And on a side note, Mr. Brothawolf tip o’ the hat to you as well dear sir-I have been able to heal through a recent loss of a loved one, and being able to take some time off and return your insightful and informative blog was one of the 1rst things to on my list today!! 😀

  2. R.I.P. We are losing a lot of great trailblazers. We need keep their memories alive for the next generation to serve as examples.

  3. Thank you, dear ‘Wolf…@Courtney True, I think perhaps a petition should made in an effort to have legends such as her put in our National Archives-and be studied at schools as well. What say you?

  4. So sad to hear this news. A true legend with style and grace. Actresses today could learn a lot from Ruby. This is what real class looks like. She will be greatly missed. 😦

  5. Wow! Another legend have left us. I loved Ruby Dee.To me ,she was the a beautiful, classy actress and activist. I was saddened by this story because it wasn’t that long ago that Ozzie Davis passed. To me,she died to soon. My heart goes out to her family.

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