We are really at a lost for words. Today the world has lost one of it's most beloved treasures! Legendary actress and civil rights pioneer Ruby Dee has passed away at 91-years-old.
Ruby Dee passed away peacefully yesterday at her home in New Rochelle, New York surrounded by family, according to her representative, Michael Livingston. Her daughter, Nora Davis Day, issued a statement to The Associated Press confirming her passing:
" We have had her for so long and we loved her so much. She took her final bow last night at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren. We gave her our permission to set sail," said Day. "She opened her eyes, closed her eyes and away she went."
Director Spike Lee issued a statement as well:
"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 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 A 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’.”
Wasn't she gorgeous?! She was so cute and little, but don't get it twisted Ruby Dee's presence commanded attention! Born in Cleveland in 1922, the iconic actress had an amazing career that spanned five decades. From the silver screen to the stage, Ruby Dee's talent was undeniable. Throughout her career she received numerous accolades including an Emmy, Grammy, and an Oscar nomination. Some of her work includes "A Raisin in the Sun", "Jungle Fever," " Do The Right Thing," "American Gangster," and countless other projects. She was also an activist for change and a honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Ruby Dee was also known for having one of the cutest marriages in Hollywood! She was married to actor Ossie Davis for 57 years. He passed away back in 2005. They did everything together from starring in projects, writing an autobiography entitled "With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together", and fighting for civil rights. They were absolutely adorable! One of our favorite couples of all time!
Ruby Dee was truly a powerhouse! Her legacy will forever live on. We here at The SASS will definitely keep her family in our prayers. Our hearts are definitely heavy, but we know she lived a full life and now she get's to be reunited with the love of her life again in eternal paradise.
Side SASS: This is exactly why they are our favorite couple ever! True love! They are the blueprint!