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Ruby Dee

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Ruby Dee
Birth name Ruby Ann Wallace
Born October 27, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died June 11, 2014 in New Rochelle, New York, USA from natural causes
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Nurses Jenny Bishop 1x29 - Express Stop from Lenox Avenue May 9, 1963
The Fugitive Laura Smith 1x06 - Decision in the Ring October 22, 1963
Police Woman Cora Sanders 1x14 - Target Black January 3, 1975
China Beach 3x18 - Skylark March 14, 1990
The Golden Girls Mammy Watkins 6x05 - Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy October 20, 1990
Evening Shade Aurelia Danforth 3x17 - They Can't Take That Away from Me February 15, 1993
Touched by an Angel LaBelle 6x10 - The Christmas Gift December 12, 1999
CSI Mary Wilson 7x18 - Empty Eyes March 29, 2007

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Bessie Delany April 18, 1999 CBS Sunday Movie
Their Eyes Were Watching God Nanny March 6, 2005

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 6 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (1991)
Decoration Day

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(1 Win in 2 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (2008)
American Gangster


  • married to Ossie Davis from 1948 until his death in 2005