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Remembering Ruby Dee, originator of America’s great book-to-stage roles

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Ruby Dee was one of the leading women of the American stage whose gifted artistry, unwavering dedication to her values and generous spirit made her an icon in her profession and out in the greater world. In a career that spanned seven decades and all major media forms, Ruby Dee solidified her place as an icon. The consummate performer, she brought life to many literary works, including Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Grace Metalious’ Peyton Place and John William Corrington’s Decoration Day. From her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Frank Lucas’ feisty mother in American Gangster to her role as loyal, yet justifiably worried Rachel Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story, Ruby Dee delivered some of the finest performances on…

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