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Ruby Dee

1922-10-27 Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She originated the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun. Her other notable film roles include The Jackie Robinson Story and Do the Right Thing.


Poitier's Walter Lee Herself (archive footage) 2018-09-25
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Self 2014-06-22
Betty and Coretta Narrator 2013-02-02
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal Self 2013-02-01
A Thousand Words Annie McCall 2012-03-07
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Miss Candy 2011-08-05
Politics of Love 2011-08-26
Video Girl Valerie 2011-10-11
America Mrs. Harper 2009-02-28
American Gangster Mama Lucas 2007-11-02
Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson Self 2007-01-31
Steam Doris 2007-11-15
In the Shadow of Hollywood: Race Movies and the Birth of Black Cinema Herself 2007-09-15
All About Us Ms. Ella 2007-10-01
Discovering William Greaves Self 2006-12-06
No. 2 Nanna Maria 2006-02-16
Their Eyes Were Watching God Nanny 2005-03-06
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Herself 2003-08-22
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives 2003-02-10
Theater Talk: A Raisin in the Sun Interviewee 2002-06-14
Taking Back Our Town Emelda West 2001-12-10
Feast of All Saints Elsie Claviere 2001-11-11
Finding Buck McHenry Mrs. Henry 2000-04-16
A Storm in Summer Grandmother 2000-01-18
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany 1999-04-18
Passing Glory Mommit Porter 1999-02-21
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Self 1999-02-24
The Unfinished Journey 1999-12-31
Baby Geniuses Margo 1999-03-12
A Time To Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner Narrator 1998-12-07
A Simple Wish Hortence 1997-07-11
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story Indigo 1996-04-14
Mr. and Mrs. Loving Sophia 1996-03-13
Just Cause Evangeline Ferguson 1995-02-17
Tuesday Morning Ride 1995-01-01
Whitewash Grandmother (voice) 1994-08-16
The Ernest Green Story Mrs. Lydia Wilson 1993-01-17
Cop and ½ Rachel 1993-04-02
Color Adjustment Narrator 1992-01-29
Jungle Fever Lucinda Purify 1991-06-07
Jazztime Tale Narrator (voice) 1991-11-02
Love at Large Corrine Dart 1990-03-09
Zora is My Name! Zora Neale Hurston 1990-01-01
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Jackie's Mother 1990-10-15
Decoration Day Rowena 1990-12-02
Do the Right Thing Mother Sister 1989-06-14
Making 'Do the Right Thing' Herself 1989-11-03
Go Tell It on the Mountain Mrs. Grimes 1984-01-01
Cat People Female 1982-04-02
All God's Children Irene Whitfield 1980-04-28
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Grandmother Baker 1979-04-28
Countdown at Kusini Leah Matanzima 1976-04-16
It's Good to Be Alive Ruth Campanella 1974-02-22
Wedding Band Julia Augustine 1974-04-24
Buck and the Preacher Ruth 1972-03-17
Black Girl Netta's mother 1972-11-09
On Merit Narrator (voice) 1972-01-01
To Be Young, Gifted and Black Lorraine Hansberry and other assorted characters 1972-01-20
The Sheriff Sue Ann Lucas 1971-03-30
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Self 1970-03-24
Uptight Laurie 1968-12-28
The Incident Joan Robinson 1967-11-05
Gone Are the Days! Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins 1963-08-09
The Balcony Thief 1963-03-21
A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger 1961-05-28
Virgin Island Ruth 1959-08-07
Take a Giant Step Christine 1959-12-01
St. Louis Blues Elizabeth 1958-04-07
Edge of the City Lucy Tyler 1957-01-04
Go Man Go Irma Jackson 1954-01-27
The Tall Target Rachel 1951-08-17
The Jackie Robinson Story Rae Robinson 1950-05-16
No Way Out Connie Brooks (uncredited) 1950-08-16
Easy to Get Drugstore Girl 1947-07-10
The Torture of Mothers: The Case of the Harlem Six