Actress Ruby Dee dies at the age of 91

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 06/12 2014 12:18PM

Updated 06/12 2014 01:31PM

Award-winning actress and civil rights figure Ruby Dee has passed away.

Dee died peacefully at her New Rochelle, New York, home Wednesday, according to her representative, Michael Livingston.

Dee, often with her late husband Ossie Davis, was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. She was friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the National Urban League.

Dee, whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and on screen,  also earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in "American Gangster" in 2007.

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