Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Highest Rated: 100% The Tall Target (1951)

Lowest Rated: 0% A Thousand Words (2012)

Birthday: Oct 27, 1922

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Academy Award-nominated actress Ruby Dee was, by all accounts, an American icon. Her career spanned no fewer than three major movements in African-American culture - from the post-Harlem Renaissance era to the black pride voice of the 1970s to the commoditization of urban black culture in the 1990s. Throughout it all, the intellectual, smoky-voiced actress appeared on stage and screen in dramas that explored the black experience and celebrated its finest wordsmiths. Off-screen, Dee and husband/frequent collaborator, Ossie Davis, were devoted civil rights activists, whose career choices did as much to further the cause as their presence at pivotal moments in African-American history. During the 60-plus years of her career, Dee witnessed the fruits of her labor, as the civil rights movement ushered in a new era of respect and dignity for African-American actors who were afforded broad outlets to showcase the breadth of their talent. A dramatic orator and enthusiast of the African-American storytelling genre, Dee was also a published poet and author, as well as screenwriter. In every field that the impassioned and multi-talented Dee fearlessly pursued, she ensured that her children and grandchildren would enjoy greater opportunities than the world into which she was born. Her death on June 11, 2014 was mourned by fans and civil rights leaders worldwide.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Life's Essentials With Ruby Dee Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 67% Betty & Coretta Narrator - 2013
78% 61% 1982 Rose Brown (Character) - 2013
0% 47% A Thousand Words Annie McCall (Character) $18.4M 2012
50% 89% Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Unknown (Character) $35.8K 2012
No Score Yet 67% Video Girl Lorie's Grandmother (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet America Mrs. Harper (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Shadow of Hollywood: Race Movies and the Birth of Black Cinema Herself (Voice) - 2007
13% 33% Steam Doris (Character) - 2007
81% 82% American Gangster Mama Lucas (Character) $130.1M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Way Back Home Unknown (Character) - 2006
58% 75% No. 2 Nanna Maria (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 81% Their Eyes Were Watching God Nanny (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 50% Taking Back Our Town Emelda West (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 54% A Storm in Summer Grandmother (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 65% Finding Buck McHenry Mrs. Henry (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 79% Passing Glory Mommit Porter (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 67% Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany (Character) - 1999
2% 24% Baby Geniuses Margo (Character) $27.1M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet For My People: The Life and Writings of Margaret Walker Narrator - 1998
No Score Yet 100% The Wall Mrs. Mitchell (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time to Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner Unknown (Character) - 1998
25% 41% A Simple Wish Hortense (Character) $8.1M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captive Heart: The James Mink Story Indigo (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories From the Edge Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Edge Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 83% Mr. and Mrs. Loving Sophia (Character) - 1996
26% 46% Just Cause Evangeline (Character) $35.7M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whitewash Unknown (Character) - 1995
14% 34% Cop and a Half Rachel (Character) $30.1M 1993
80% 43% Color Adjustment Narrator - 1992
81% 67% Jungle Fever Lucinda Purify (Character) $31.7M 1991
No Score Yet 60% The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Jackie's mother (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 64% Decoration Day Rowena (Character) - 1990
93% 90% Do the Right Thing Mother Sister (Character) $26M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Making 'Do the Right Thing' Herself (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 64% Go Tell It on the Mountain Mrs. Grimes (Character) - 1984
61% 46% Cat People Female (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 72% I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Grandmother Baxter (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Countdown at Kusini Leah Matanzima (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Good to Be Alive Ruth Campanella (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 77% Black Girl Netta's mother (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 59% Buck and the Preacher Ruth (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff Sue-Anne Lucas (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadlock Lucinda (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 83% Uptight Laurie (Character) - 1968
88% 89% The Incident Joan Robinson (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gone Are the Days Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins (Character) - 1963
94% 87% A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Virgin Island Ruth (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 82% Take a Giant Step Christine (Character) - 1959
56% 79% St. Louis Blues Elizabeth (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 73% Edge of the City Lucy Tyler (Character) - 1957
100% 68% The Tall Target Rachel (Character) - 1951
90% 82% No Way Out Connie Brooks (uncredited) (Character) - 1950
63% 52% The Jackie Robinson Story Rae Robinson (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Man of Mine Joan (Character) - 1947

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tyra Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet 85% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fatherhood Unknown (Voice) 2004-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
71% 66% Stephen King's The Stand Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet 94% The Golden Girls Mammy Watkins (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gore Vidal's Lincoln Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Cora Sanders (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peyton Place Alma Miles (Character) 1964-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Laura Smith (Guest Star) 1963

QUOTES FROM Ruby Dee CHARACTERS

Da Mayor says: [after last night's riot] Hope the block is still standing.

Mother Sister says: We're still standing.

Mother Sister says: Good morning.

Da Mayor says: Is it a good morning?

Mother Sister says: Yes, indeed. You almost got yourself killed last night.

Mother Sister says: Mother Sister's always watching!

Annie McCall says: Life's not worth living with out family. Right? Right?!

Annie McCall says: I like cake! Don't you Jack?