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Stage, film and television actress Ruby Dee has died. The Harlem native, 91, died at home in New Rochelle, N.Y. this past Wednesday, and a nation mourns one of the greatest and most celebrated actresses of all time. Dee honed her craft at the American Negro Theater alongside fellow future stars Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier.
Here time there would align her with other actors who would figure prominently in her career much later. Dee was one of Broadway’s singular talents, getting her first big break in 1946 in a stage adaptation of Anna Lucasta. It was during this time she met another Broadway fixture, her future husband, Ossie Davis.
The pair would marry in 1948 and were together until Davis’ passing in 2005. Hollywood took notice of Dee’s talent as she starred opposite baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson for the 1950 film, The Jackie Robinson…
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