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us: Dee, Ruby



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    • us: Wallace, Ruby Ann
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    • 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))
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