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Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

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Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio, television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.
 
Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home at New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night.
 
Dee, who frequently acted alongside her husband of 56 years, Ossie Davis, was surrounded by family and friends, she added.
 
Dee said in a 1999 AP interview good genes, exercise and proper eating helped her live so long, although she had to quit smoking and she had not always been perfect.

Davis was probably best known for "A Raisin in the Sun" and "The Jackie Robinson Story." She was nominated for an Oscar only once, for the 2007 "American Gangster," when Dee was 83. She also played Mother Sister in Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing."

In 1965, she became the first black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival. Dee and her husband, Ossie Davis, were also active in civil rights issues and promoted the cause of blacks in the entertainment industry.

Funeral services will be private but a public memorial is planned.  (AP)
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