Ruby Dee, a pioneer for African-American women in Hollywood, died June 11 at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., reports confirm. She was 91-years-old.
Best known for her starring role in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun, Ruby also appeared in *Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever and, more recently, American Gangster.
She and late husband Ossie Davis were also active participants in the Civil Rights Movement, campaigning alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
In Audra McDonald's recent Tony acceptance speech, the six-time winner referred to Ruby's influence on the black community, telling the audience, "I'm standing on Lena Horne, I'm standing on Maya Angelou, Diane Carroll [and] Ruby Dee."