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us: Dee, Ruby

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  • Variants

    • us: Wallace, Ruby Ann
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1922-10-27
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 2014-06-11
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Cleveland (Ohio)
    • Death Place

        (naf) New Rochelle (N.Y.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Hunter College
        • Organization: (naf) American Negro Theatre
        • Organization: (naf) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
        • Organization: (naf) Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    • Gender

    • Associated Language

    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Actors
          (lcsh) Civil rights workers
            (lcsh) Authors
        • Sources

          • found: Alston, F. Developing fundamental language patterns. [Phonodisc] 1968.
          • found: LEXIS/NEXIS, Sept. 3, 1997: Celebrity bios, c1997 (Dee, Ruby; actress, writer, playwright, activist; b. Wallace, Ruby Ann; Oct. 27, 1924; Cleveland, OH; married Ossie Davis in 1948)
          • found: Washington post (online), viewed June 12, 2014 (Ruby Dee; b. Ruby Ann Wallace, Oct. 27, 1922, Cleveland (many biographical records give her date of birth as 1924, but the archivist of Dee-Davis Enterprises confirmed that she was born two years earlier); m. Frankie Dee Brown, 1941 (div. 1945); used his middle name as a stage name; m. Ossie Davis, 1948 (d. 2005); d. June 11, New Rochelle, N.Y., aged 91; African American actress who defied segregation-era stereotypes by landing lead roles in movies and on Broadway while maintaining a second high-profile career as a civil rights advocate, including emceeing the 1963 March on Washington)
          • found: Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century , accessed via The Oxford African American Studies Center online database, July 27, 2014: (Dee, Ruby; Ruby Ann Wallace; stage / screen actor, civil rights activist, political activist, fiction writer, radio / television writer, television actor; born 27 October 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States; began acting in the 1940s through an apprenticeship with the American Negro Theatre; graduated from Hunter College with a dual degree in French and Spanish (1944); the first black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut; member of the NAACP, Congress of Racial Equality, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference; established the Ruby Dee Scholarship in Dramatic Arts for talented young black women; received numerous prestigeous awards, including the National Medal of Arts (1995); and the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award (2000))
          • found: African American National Biography, accessed January 5, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Dee, Ruby; stage / screen actor, civil rights activist, political activist, fiction writer, radio / television writer, television actor; born 27 October 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States; completed Hunter College in New York City (1939-1944); made a Broadway debut in original production of South Pacific and Anna Lucasta (1943-1944); first black woman in lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival for Taming of the Shrew and King Lear (1960's); appeared in film, including Decoration Day and Long Day's Journey into Night (1990's); honors include, Obie Award for Boesman and Lena (1970); Drama Desk Award for Wedding Band (1973), Literary Guild Award (1988), Emmy award (1990), Grammy for spoken word version of memoir (2007), induction into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame (1989), National Medal of Arts (1995), Screen Actors Guild's highest honor (2000), Life Achievement Award; died 11 June 2014 in New Rochelle, New York, United States)
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