The Broadway community will mourn the loss of Drama Desk Award-winning actress Ruby Dee on Friday, June 13, at 7:45pm, when Broadway marquees will be dimmed for one minute. Dee died Wednesday at the age of 91.
Dee received two Drama Desk Awards, the first for her 1971 performance in Boesman and Lena, for which she also won an Obie, and the second in 1973 for Wedding Band. Her many Broadway credits include Purlie Victorious, Checkmates, and the original production of A Raisin in the Sun. She went on to reprise her performance as Ruth Younger in the film version of Lorraine Hansberry's seminal drama opposite Sidney Poitier.
A well-known civil rights activist, Dee and her husband, the late actor Ossie Davis, were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Medal, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The pair received the National Medal of Arts in 2005 and were Kennedy Center honorees in 2004.