Ruby Dee Biography (1924-)

Born Ruby Ann Wallace, October 27, 1924 (some sources say 1923), in Cleveland, OH; daughter of Marshall Edward (a cook; some sources say a road porter) and Emma (a teacher; maiden name, Benson) Wallace; married Ossie Davis (an actor, writer, producer, and director), December 9, 1948; children: Nora, LaVerne(also known as Hasna), Guy. Addresses: Agent: The Artists Agency, 10000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067-7007.

Favorite roles Luttiebelle in Purlie Victorious, Lena in Boseman and Lena, and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra.

Actress, director, writer
Birth Details
October 27, 1924
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Recent Updates

December 5, 2004: Wallace will receive a lifetime achievement award atthe Kennedy Center honors ceremony in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2004. Source: New York Times,, September 16, 2004.February 4, 2005: Dee's husband, Ossie Davis, died on February 4, 2005, at the age of 87. Source: New York Times,, February 7, 2005.

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