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Ruby Dee, Famed Actress and Activist, Dies

WI Web Staff | 6/12/2014, 12:50 p.m.
Ruby Dee (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Legendary actor and civil rights activist Ruby Dee died Wednesday in her New York home. She was 91.

Dee's daughter, Nora Davis Day, told the Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle on Wednesday night.

Dee was married for 56 years to fellow actor and civil rights icon Ossie Davis, who passed away in 2005. The two often worked together, including in director Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" in 1991.

Best known for her role in 1961's "A Raisin in the Sun," she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2007 film "American Gangster."