Ruby Dee is an American actress born on October 27, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio of the United States of America to Gladys and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace.

Ruby aside being known as an Actress, is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist.


Ruby Attended the Hunter College High School where she graduated with a degree in Romance languages in 1945.

After her completion, she joined the American Negro Theater as an apprentice, working with Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Hilda Simms. She made several appearances on Broadway, such as her first role in ANT’s 1946 production of Anna Lucasta.

On February 12, 2009, Dee joined the Aaron Copland School of music at Queens College orchestra and chorus, along with the Riverside Inspirational Choir and NYA labour choir in honouring Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday at the Riverside Church in New York City.

Ruby Dee Children

Ruby Dee had three children, Guy Devis, Hasna  Muhammad Davis and Nora Day.

Ruby Dee Quotes

• The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within strength, courage, dignity.

• The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.

• God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.


Ruby Dee was born to Gladys and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace who was a cook, waiter and porter.

Net Worth

Ruby Dee has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million.


Ruby Dee died on June 11, 2014, at her home in New Rochelle, New York from natural causes at age 91.

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