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Actress, civil rights activist Ruby Dee dead at 91

Published on Jun 13, 2014 5:53 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee, who was also known for her activism during the US civil rights movement, has died at the age of 91, her agent said on Thursday.

The stage, television and film star - a pioneer among America's black actresses - died Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, New York, with her family at her side, the agent, Michael Livingston, told AFP.

The diminutive actress - a native of Cleveland, Ohio - worked alongside her late husband Ossie Davis in some of her most memorable roles, in a career that began in the 1940s.

Dee was a student at the American Negro Theatre in New York's Harlem neighborhood that produced stars such as Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte.

Ruby Dee, winner of outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her part in "American Gangster'', poses backstage at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, in this Jan 27, 2008. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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