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  • Ruby Dee

    Born on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio

awards & nominations

America (2009)

Ruby Dee as "Mrs. Harper"

A psychiatrist (Rosie O'Donnell) helps a troubled boy who is in the foster-care system.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

American Gangster (2007)

Ruby Dee as "Mama Lucas"

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) earns his living as a chauffeur to one of Harlem's leading mobsters. After his boss dies, Frank uses his own ingenuity and strict business code to become one of the inner city's most powerful crime bosses. Meanwhile, veteran cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) senses a change in the mob's power structure and looks for ways to bring his opponent to justice.

Academy Award (2007) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Decoration Day (1990)

Ruby Dee as "Rowena"

Albert Sidney Finch (James Garner) is a retired judge who has lived in relative seclusion since the death of his wife. He is forced out of his isolated existence when asked to find out why a friend (Bill Cobbs) from his childhood refuses to accept a Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during World War II. While investigating, he also gets involved in the lives of his family for the first time in years, including his troubled godson Billy (Norm Skaggs).

Emmy (Primetime) (1991) Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

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