Ruby Dee (27 October, 1922 – 11 June, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist best known for co-starring in the films A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Do the Right Thing (1989) and American Gangster (2007), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She was the recipient of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors.
She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. The couple starred together in the 1994 miniseries The Stand, based on the novel by Stephen King.
Dee died on 11 June, 2014, at her home in New Rochelle, New York, from natural causes. She was 91.