Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Marshall Edward Wallace, was a porter and waiter on the Pennsylvania Railroad; her mother, Emma Wallace, was a schoolteacher. They moved to Harlem in New York City when Ruby was a baby. She was educated at…more
In 1991, Ruby won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special playing Rowena on Decoration Day.
On January 27, 2008, Ruby Dee won the Screen Actors Guild award in the "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role" category for her performance in American Gangster. In 2008, at the age of 83, she became the second oldest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. The oldest is Gloria Stuart.