Wednesday, February 28, 2024

RIP Ruby Dee, Famed Actress and Civil Rights Leader, was 91


NY Daily News and others are starting to report the death of actress Ruby Dee at age 91. The widow of Ossie Davis was a landmark New Yorker and civil rights leader who blazed through stage and film and TV. She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for “American Gangster,” has an Emmy award and several Emmy nominations. Dee’s many successes stretched back to her 1959 debut in the original production of “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway as Ruth Younger. Her death even at this age comes as a shock since just two days ago we saw her in a video at the Apollo Theater’s 80th anniversary from a recent interview. Talk about a real legend. She and Ossie will never be forgotten…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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