Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 12:31
Ruby Dee passed away at 91, and she was truly a grand dame. She not only graced the large and small screens but the Broadway stage as well. She was a petite woman with a larger-than-life persona who possessed thespian skills that were honed to a tee. There will never be another Miss Dee, and thankfully, her immense body of work will live on. Therefore, here are 20 tidbits about the great Miss Dee that you may not know about.
1) Ruby Dee’s actual name was Ruby Ann Wallace. Even though it felt as if Dee was married to the late-brilliant actor Ossie Davis forever, he was actually her second husband. The name “Dee” came from her first husband, blues singer Frankie Dee Brown, whom she married in 1941 and divorced in 1945.
2) Dee was born in Cleveland but considered herself a native New Yorker as she was raised in Harlem. She lived in the Empire State all her life making New Rochelle her home until she quietly passed away from natural causes.