Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee has passed away at the age of 91.
The star died of natural causes today in New Rochelle, New York.
Dee began her career in the musical drama That Man of Mine and played American baseball player Jackie Robinson’s wife in The Jackie Robinson Story.
Other notable film appearances for Dee included A Raisin in the Sun, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing and American Gangster, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
For her many appearances on the small screen, the actress was lauded with several Emmy Awards nominations, including nods for 1979’s Roots: The Next Generation, Little Bill and Decoration Day, for which she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie trophy.
Dee was also known for her stints in theatre plays including A Raisin in the Sun, Hamlet and King Lear.
Her other awards include Screen Actors Guild awards for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for American Gangster, and a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together.
Paying tribute to Dee, Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard says, “Ruby Dee was truly one of a kind. She was a woman who believed deeply in fairness, a conviction that motivated her lifelong efforts to advance civil rights.
“The acting community – and the world – is a poorer place for her loss.”
Dee was also known for her activism, and, in 2005, she received the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Freedom award alongside her late husband, Ossie Davis.