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Director Spike Lee remembers acting legend Ruby Dee

Director Spike Lee and legendary actress Ruby Dee
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Hollywood is remembering screen legend Ruby Dee who passed away at her New York home on Wednesday. Director Spike Lee is among those mourning the pioneering actress whose long stage and screen career included many memorable roles.

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Lee directed the Academy Award nominated star and her late husband Ossie Davis in two of his biggest films Do the Right Thing from 1989 and 1991’s ”Jungle Fever”. In a posting on his Instagram page the iconic helmer reflected on his time with the dynamic acting duo.

“People, I Just Found Out The Loss Of Spiritual Mother, The Late, Great Ruby Dee. I'm Crushed By This Bad News And I Know Ruby Has Already Been Embraced In A Warm Loving Hug From Her Life Partner Of 57 Years-Mr. Ossie Davis. It Has Been One Of My Great Blessings In Life To Work With Two Of The Finest Artist And Activist-Ruby And Ossie Were In The Battlefields a With Paul Robeson, Malcolm X And Dr. Martin Luther King. Ruby And Ossie Served As A Living Example That One Could Be An Artist And An Activist Too, That One Could Be An Artist And Still Deal With What It Means To Be A Black Woman And A Black Man In These United States. God Bless You Ruby Dee. God Bless You Ossie Davis. The Both Of You Told Us "To Always Do The Right Thing.

Spike Lee. “

Lee also posted pictures of Dee including the heartbreaking scene from “Jungle Fever” as her character Lucinda Purify weeps while embracing her dying son played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Dee was 91.

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