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Actress, civil rights activist Ruby Dee dies at 91

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Actress, civil rights activist Ruby Dee dies at 91

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jun 12, 2014

Oscar nominee and civil rights activist Ruby Dee has died at the age of 91.

"Her acting career started in New York in the 1940s, but it was her role in the 1950 movie 'The Jackie Robinson Story' that first brought her national attention," reports CNN. "Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in 'American Gangster' (2007). She also won an Emmy and Grammy for other work."

"Dee—often with her late husband, Ossie Davis—was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement," further reports CNN. "She was friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the National Urban League."

Dee died at her home in New Rochelle, New York, on June 11.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.