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Ruby Dee: Legendary actress and playwright has passed away at 91

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According to BCNN1on Thursday, legendary Actress Ruby Dee has passed away at her home in New Rochelle at the age of 91. The Oscar-nominated and Emmy award winner who was married to actor, Ossie Davis was surrounded by family and friends upon taking her last breath reports her daughter, Nora Davis. She died of "natural causes" on Wednesday night, according AP.

Ruby Dee is best know for her role in "A Raisin in The Sun" film of 1961. There are few actors or actresses with careers spanning five decades. But Dee was a phenomenal character. She played the role of Denzel Washington's mother in "American Gangster," which came out in 2007.

“We have had her for so long and we loved her so much,” Day said. “She took her final bow last night at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren...," “We gave her our permission to set sail." “She opened her eyes, closed her eyes and away she went.”

Still going strong at the age 83, Ruby Dee was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film “American Gangster." Age was just a number for her.

“I think you mustn’t tell your body, you mustn’t tell your soul, `I’m going to retire,’” Dee told The Associated Press in 2001. “You may be changing your life emphasis, but there’s still things that you have in mind to do that now seems the right time to do. I really don’t believe in retiring as long as you can breathe.”

Hollywood actors and actresses react to the death of Ruby Dee with honor, sadness and pride. Both actors Hill Harper and Spike Lee posted tributes to the legend. You can view comments, posts and tributes in the video right here on Examiner.

After the recent passing of Maya Angelou, just days ago a memorial was given to her, America loses another icon and activist who carried so many on her shoulder. All aspiring actors are encouraged to review the life and film work of Ruby Dee. Both Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis exemplified what greatness is all about.

Learn more about the life of Ruby Dee as a poet, screenwriter, activist, journalist and playwright. R.I.P. Ruby Dee (October 22, 1922 - June 11, 2014).

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