(New Rochelle, NY) -- Hollywood is remembering the work of legendary actress and activist Ruby Dee. A pioneer for African-American women on screen and stage, Dee first gained national recognition for her role as Rachel Robinson in the 1950 movie "The Jackie Robinson Story." She also won praise for her role as Ruth Younger in both the Broadway and film versions of "A Raisin In The Sun," playing opposite Sidney Poitier on screen.
Dee passed away Wednesday night at her home in New Rochelle, New York. She was 91. With late husband Ossie Davis, Dee co-starred in the short-lived series "Ossie and Ruby!" in the 1980s. The couple also appeared together in the Spike Lee films "Do The Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever." In 2007 at the age of 83, Dee received an Oscar nomination for her role in the movie "American Gangster." Dee's numerous accolades include a Grammy, an Emmy, a Screen Actors Guild Award, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors.
In addition to acting, Dee and Davis were also well known for their activism during the Civil Rights movement and were both personal friends of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Theirs was one of the most enduring Hollywood marriages, lasting from 1948 until Davis' death in 2005.
A scene from "Do The Right The Thing" featuring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
A scene from "American Gangster" featuring Ruby Dee and Denzel Washington.