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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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