An Ode to the Amazing Ruby Dee in 24 Photos

An Ode to the Amazing Ruby Dee

"I'm an adolescent old lady." -Ruby Dee (1922 -2014)
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Actress Ruby Dee reads from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'Beyond Vietnam' speech at Westwood Gallery April 4, 2008 in New York City.
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Publicity still of American stage and film actress Ruby Dee in The Jackie Robinson Story (Eagle Lion Films), 1950.
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Publicity still portrait of American singer and musician Nat King Cole and actress Ruby Dee in the WC Handy musical biographical film St. Louis Blues (Paramount Pictures), Memphis, Tennessee, 1958.
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Stage 2, featuring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
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Actress Ruby Dee giving a reading at Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington in Washington, DC on August 28, 1963.
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American actress Ruby Dee during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, August 28, 1963. The march provided the setting for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech.
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Portrait of African American actress Ruby Dee, 1963.
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Target Black, Episode 114 Ruby Dee as Cora Sanders.
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Ruby Dee during 43rd Annual Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California.
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Portrait of actress Ruby Dee and her husband, fellow actor Ossie Davis (1917 - 2005), New York, 1991.
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Portrait of couple Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis in a recording studio, New York, New York.
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Portrait of Ruby Dee
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Actress Ruby Dee poses with the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for American Gangster during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Ruby Dee attends the premiere of Betty and Coretta to celebrate with Lifetime and cast at Tribeca Cinemas on January 28, 2013 in New York City.
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Ruby Dee attends a Second Day Stamp dedication ceremony in honor of movie making legend Oscar Micheaux at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on June 23, 2010 in New York City.
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Portrait of Ruby Dee
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Portrait of Ruby Dee
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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
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Portrait of Ruby Dee
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Ruby Dee attends The Film Society of Lincoln Center's presentation of the 38th Annual Chaplin Award at Alice Tully Hall on May 2, 2011 in New York City.
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Ruby Dee attends the 16th annual Diversity Awards at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 23, 2008 in Universal City, California
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Ruby Dee during the 2005 TNT Black Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California.
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Ruby Dee attends the world premiere of American Gangster at the Apollo Theater on October 19, 2007 in New York City.
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American actress and Civil Rights activist Ruby Dee as she poses outdoors, New York, September 4, 2010.
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