Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 1.51.15 PMLegendary, award-winning actress Ruby Dee passed away at her home in New Rochelle, NY, on Wednesday, CNN reports.

Dee was best known for her roles in The Jackie Robinson Story, A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and more recently, American Ganster, where she earned an Oscar nomination. She also won an Emmy, a Grammy, National Medal of Arts, and Kennedy Center Honors.

She was a role model to many. Last Sunday, Audra McDonald credited Dee upon acceptance of her Tony Award.

Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Ossie Davis, in 2005, with whom she frequently co-starred and served as an acting force during the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Dee also received the 1970 Frederick Douglass Award from the National Urban League.

Ruby Dee was 91.

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  • Mary Burrell

    Wow! I loved her. RIP to a terrific actress. May she and Ossie be reunited.

  • ALM247

    Such a beautiful and classy woman….Rest in peace