Ruby Dee

Dee in 1972, photo by Chicago Sun-Times

Birth Name: Ruby Ann Wallace

Date of Birth: October 27, 1922

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: June 11, 2014

Place of Death: New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist.

Ruby was the daughter of Gladys (Hightower) and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace. Her stepmother was Emma Benson. Ruby was married to actor, director, poet, playwright, and activist Ossie Davis, until his death. The couple had three children.

Ruby’s paternal grandparents were Marshall Wallace and Angel Morton.

Ruby’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Peter Hightower (the son of Thomas Peter Hightower and Jennie Manley). Ruby’s grandfather Thomas was born in Ohio. Ruby’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Elias Dorsey Hightower and Mary Ann Peek.

Ruby’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Mosely (the daughter of Robert Mosely and Jennie Moody). Lillian was born in Ohio.

Source: Ruby’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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  1. neiltennant says:

    she had a cameo on the golden girls as blanches former babysitter

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