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Ruby Dee - Voice Dramatist

In the documentary "For Gold & Glory," celebrated actress Ruby Dee brings to life the voice of Roberta Wiggins, the wife of racing great Charlie Wiggins. Stage, film, and TV luminary Ruby Dee was born in Cleveland, the daughter of a Pullman-porter father and a school teacher mother. While growing up in Harlem, Dee developed in interest in the theater. In 1941 she began to study under Morris Carnovsky at the American Negro Theatre and made her first stage appearance in "South Pacific" while attending Hunter College.Photograph of Voice Dramatist Ruby Dee

Dee met and married her husband, actor Ossie Davis, in 1948, and joined him in their film debut "No Way Out" in 1950, though they were both uncredited. However, Dee achieved second billing for her next major role in "The Jackie Robinson Story." Her roles on television have varied from Shakespeare to soap operas and include appearances on "The Guiding Light," "Roots: The Next Generations," and "The Middle Ages," among many others. She has earned an Emmy Award for her acting accomplishments.

Ms. Dee has remained committed to the theater, as well, with memorable performances in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," and in "Purlie Victorious," a musical written and directed by her husband, Ossie Davis. Ms. Dee is also an accomplished writer, co-authoring the script for the 1967 film "Up Tight!," penning the 1975 TV play "Twin-Bit Gardens," and contributing a weekly column to New York's Amsterdam News. Like her husband, she has been committed throughout her life to promoting civil rights and humanitarian causes. She and her husband have been inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame and the Theater Hall of Fame.

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