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Ruby Dee made her graceful mark on artistic, activist stages
Ruby Dee made her graceful mark on artistic, activist stages

Ruby Dee packed a lot of power in a tiny package. Barely topping 5 feet, 2 inches, she nevertheless loomed large. Still, there was a softness alongside the steel, a smile gracing her face more often than a frown. There was a kindness in her eyes, a sense of inclusion she extended to a world that didn't always reciprocate. She was married for nearly 60 years to her artistic and activist soul mate — actor Ossie Davis, who passed away in 2005 — an accomplishment not many in Hollywood can claim. Dee, who died Wednesday at age 91, made her mark on the craft early on in the groundbreaking Broadway staging of "A Raisin in the Sun" in 1959. She played Ruth Younger, wife to Sidney Poitier's...

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