Ruby Dee
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"Ruby Dee" was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activism/activist. She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the films A Raisin in the Sun (1961 film)/A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Do the Right Thing (1989), and American Gangster (film)/American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was the recipient of Grammy, Emmy, Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress/Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005.

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The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.

The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.

God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.

We will give her the kudos that she so richly deserves.

She knew how we struggled with ourselves.

OK, boss, I don't mind shuffling, but I won't scratch my head.

There was so much meanness in the atmosphere, ... but marvelous things pierce through the darkness of poverty and racism. You meet all kinds of people that help put life in perspective and turn the horror into some kind of lesson or avenue of awakening that lives with you all your days.

There is so much to do, ... Ossie left a lot of work that we are still trying to finish.

We both grew up in the atmosphere of struggle, both Ossie and me, ... I come out of Harlem and Harlem comes out of me - wailing police sirens and street parties, rumors and landlords, that cultural, spiritual scene. And Ossie came up from the South, where struggle and dying were part of everyday life. That is who we are.

It was a nerve-racking moment, ... He stayed up half the night writing it. Then we stayed up because that was all we could do.