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Ruby Dee

 
Date of Birth: October 27, 1924 (97)

Birth Place: Cleveland, OH, USA

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1988
Mattie Cooper
  [Broadway]
1961
Lutiebell Gussie Mae Jankins
  [Broadway]
1959
Ruth Younger
  [Broadway]
1949
Evelyn
  [Broadway]
1948
Marcy
  [Broadway]
1946
Libby George
  [Broadway]
1944
Anna [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1943
Native

Photos

Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, Broadway and screen actress Ruby Dee, Grammy  Photo

Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, Broadway and screen actress Ruby Dee, Grammy Award winning gospel recording artist Hezekiah Walker.

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Date:
07/05/2011
2011 McDonald’s 365Black Awards Honorees; civil rights  Photo

2011 McDonald’s 365Black Awards Honorees; civil rights “Freedom Rider” and McDonald’s owner/operator Henry “Hank” Thomas, Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, multi-platinum recording artist Mary J. Blige, legendar

From: 
Date:
07/05/2011
365Black Award Honorees, Civil rights activist and McDonald’s owner/ Photo

365Black Award Honorees, Civil rights activist and McDonald’s owner/operator Henry “Hank” Thomas, Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, multi-platinum recording artist Mary J. Blige, legendary Broadway actress Ruby Dee and NAACP® p

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Date:
07/02/2011

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
1988
Mattie Cooper

  [Broadway]
1961
Lutiebell Gussie Mae Jankins

  [Broadway]
1959
Ruth Younger

  [Broadway]
1949
Evelyn

  [Broadway]
1948
Marcy

  [Broadway]
1946
Libby George

  [Broadway]
1944
Anna [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
1943
Native


Ruby Dee Awards and Nominations

 
The Lortels - 2002 - Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence Gold Star
Ruby Dee
 
The Lortels - 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actress
Ruby DeeSaint Lucy’s Eyes
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play
Ruby DeeFlyin' West
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
Ruby De, Wedding Band
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1972 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
Ruby Dee, Boesman and Lena
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Outstanding Performance Gold Star
Ruby Dee, Boesman and Lena
 
Obie Awards - 1971 - Best Performance By An Actress Gold Star
Ruby DeeBowman and Lena

Ruby Dee News

TFANA's Production of WEDDING BAND Starring Brittany Bradford, Thomas Sadoski & More  Photo TFANA's Production of WEDDING BAND Starring Brittany Bradford, Thomas Sadoski & More Has Been Extended
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2022

TFANA has extended the run of Alice Childress’s Wedding Band, directed by Awoye Timpo, to May 22. (The production, which began previews April 28—postponed from an original date of April 23 due to two COVID-19 cases—was formerly set to close May 15).

Academy Museum Announces Details of REGENERATION: BLACK CINEMA 898"1971 Photo Academy Museum Announces Details of REGENERATION: BLACK CINEMA 898"1971
by Marissa Tomeo - May 4, 2022

The first museum exhibition of its kind, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 opens at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on August 21, 2022. It offers the public a chance to learn more about how Black performers and filmmakers have helped define cinema in the United States. The exhibition explores the achievements and challenges of both independent production and the studio system, from cinema’s infancy in the 1890s through the height of the civil rights movement. Regeneration features rarely seen excerpts of films restored by the Academy Film Archive, as well as other narrative films and documentaries; newsreels and home movies; photographs; scripts; drawings; costumes; equipment; posters; and historical materials, such as entrance tickets, note cards, and telegrams; along with augmented reality experiences (AR) designed specifically for the exhibition.

Broadway Streaming Guide: May 2022 - Where to Watch GIRLS5EVA & More New Releases! Photo Broadway Streaming Guide: May 2022 - Where to Watch GIRLS5EVA & More New Releases!
by Michael Major - May 2, 2022

This May, Broadway fans will be treated to an exciting lineup of new albums, concerts, television shows, and movies to binge. From the new Spring Awakening: Those You've Known documentary on HBO to new additions to Feinstein's/54 Below's concert livestream slate, check out what's coming to streaming services this month!

TFANA to Present Alice Childress's WEDDING BAND Photo TFANA to Present Alice Childress's WEDDING BAND
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2022

TFANA will present Alice Childress’s Wedding Band. Director Awoye Timpo’s new staging, running April 23–May 15, brings Childress’s masterpiece to New York audiences for the first time since 1972, when it made its New York premiere in a production directed by Childress and Joseph Papp.

ON THE THIN CRUST OF CIVILIZATION: The Plays of Marita Bonner Will Be Broadcast on Yo Photo ON THE THIN CRUST OF CIVILIZATION: The Plays of Marita Bonner Will Be Broadcast on YouTube
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2022

On Her Shoulders will present a virtual reading program: ON THE THIN CRUST OF CIVILIZATION: The Plays of Marita Bonner, directed by Magaly Colimon-Christopher, via NPTC's YouTube Channel: NewPerspectivesTC. 

Academy Museum Announces 2022-2023 Exhibitions Photo Academy Museum Announces 2022-2023 Exhibitions
by Michael Major - Mar 21, 2022

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced the first round of exhibition rotations, which are scheduled for the 2022–2023 season. These rotations further the museum’s mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through dynamic and diverse exhibitions.

Vocalist and Performer Anita Michael Presents New Show at The Laurie Beechman Theater Photo Vocalist and Performer Anita Michael Presents New Show at The Laurie Beechman Theater This May
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 11, 2022

Vocalist and performer Anita Michael returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with her new show on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm.

BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Photo BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
by Timoth David Copney - Feb 8, 2022

...it is as fine a theatrical treatment of this oft-produced - not though not oft enough - play as I’ve ever seen

Samuel L. Jackson to Receive Chairman's Award at 53rd NAACP Image Awards Photo Samuel L. Jackson to Receive Chairman's Award at 53rd NAACP Image Awards
by Michael Major - Feb 3, 2022

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Jackson’s portrayal of ‘Jules’ in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” made a mark on American cinema. In addition tO critical acclaim, he received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Vancouver International Film Festival Announces Black History Month Programming Photo Vancouver International Film Festival Announces Black History Month Programming
by Marissa Tomeo - Jan 29, 2022

The Vancouver International Film Festival announced this year’s Black History Month programme, taking place at the VIFF Centre throughout February. Black History Month at VIFF offers audiences an opportunity to engage with Black stories from a range of Black voices from around the world, as well as the richness of international nuanced and empowered Black filmmaking.

Ruby Dee Videos

VIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorrai VideoVIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorraine Hansberry
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

One week after the anniversary of her death, American Masters -- Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart premieres nationwide Today, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream the following day at pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps. Check out the trailer below!

VIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorrai VideoVIDEO: First Look - PBS Presents Documentary on A RAISIN IN THE SUN Playwright Lorraine Hansberry
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 4, 2017

One week after the anniversary of her death, American Masters -- Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart premieres nationwide Friday, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream the following day at pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps. Check out the trailer below!

VIDEO: Josh Groban & Broadway Casts Perform 'In Memoriam' Tribute
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 7, 2015

Josh Groban performed 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from Carousel in tribute to members of the Broadway community who passed away this year

WHITE CHRISTMAS Cast Celebrates 100th Year of New Haven's Shubert Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 23, 2014

What better way to commemorate the 100th birthday of one of the nation's most storied theaters - The Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut - than with a special video starring the national company of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the first show to take the stage in the theater's centennial year?

VIDEO: Watch Documentary Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 15, 2014

Below, check out Apple's Beats Music's new documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of DO THE RIGHT THING.

STAGE TUBE: In Case You Missed It- Theater Talk's Tribute to Ruby Dee
by Stage Tube - Jun 13, 2014

In tribute to actress Ruby Dee, Theater Talk presents an encore episode featuring their 2002 interview with Ms. Dee and her husband, actor Ossie Davis, along with Philip Rose, the original producer of A Raisin in the Sun. The trio discuss the early days of bringing Lorraine Hansberry's classic play to the stage. Ms Dee created the role of Lena Younger, the same part that won Sophie Okonedo a 2014 Tony Award, last Sunday.

VIDEO: Denzel Washington Talks A RAISIN IN THE SUN on 'Fallon'
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 3, 2014

The actor stopped by THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON to talk about his latest project.

VIDEO: Spike Lee Talks DO THE RIGHT THING Broadway Musical on GMA
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 23, 2013

ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA and Entertainment Weekly are reuniting the casts of some of America's most iconic movies all this week. Today, the cast of the Oscar-nominated film, 'Do the Right Thing' were back together for a reunion.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Bassett, Blige Star in Lifetime's BETTY & CORETTA
by - Jan 25, 2013

Below, check out the first trailer for Lifetime's tele-film, BETTY & CORETTA which will premiere on Saturday, February 2 at 8/7c. Starring Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King, the film follows the relationship between the two single mothers after their husbands, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., were assassinated.

STAGE TUBE: Reheasal Footage of Crossroads' LAST FIVE YEARS
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2012

Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway show The Last Five Years takes the stage at Crossroads Theatre Company, April 12-29. Check out this footage of Wendy Fox and Nicholas Belton in rehearsals for the show.


Ruby Dee Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ruby Dee been in?
Ruby Dee has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Ruby Dee been in?
Ruby Dee has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Ruby Dee been nominated for?
Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence (The Lortels) , Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Saint Lucy’s Eyes , Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Flyin' West , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Wedding Band , Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Boesman and Lena Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Boesman and Lena and Best Performance By An Actress (Obie Awards) for Bowman and Lena .

What awards has Ruby Dee won?
Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence (The Lortels), Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Wedding Band, Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Boesman and Lena Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Boesman and Lenaand Best Performance By An Actress (Obie Awards) for Bowman and Lena.