Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91.
The death was confirmed Thursday by a family member, who declined to answer any questions pending the release of a statement.
Dee — often with her late husband, Ossie Davis — was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. She was friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the National Urban League.
Davis preceded his wife in death in 2005.
Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “American Gangster” (2007). She also won an Emmy and Grammy for other work.
R.I.P Ruby Dee!!