Hollywood remembers late actress Ruby Dee at NYC memorial ceremony

The life and legacy of the iconic actress and New Rochelle resident Ruby Dee was remembered Saturday with a star-studded ceremony in Manhattan. Dee's memorial was held at Riverside Church. Everyone

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2014, 1:46 AM

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The life and legacy of the iconic actress and New Rochelle resident Ruby Dee was remembered Saturday with a star-studded ceremony in Manhattan.
Dee's memorial was held at Riverside Church. Everyone from actress Angela Basset to singer Alicia Keys were in attendance to pay tribute to the icon, whose career spanned over seven decades.
The actress and civil rights leader died in June at the age of 91. Dee is best remembered for her role in the 1961 film "A Raisin in the Sun" and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Denzel Washington's mother in the 2007 film "American Gangster."
Dee became the second-oldest actor to receive an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for "American Gangster" at the age of 83.
Dee is also known for her impact as a civil rights advocate. She joined her late husband actor Ossis David as Master of Cermonies for Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 1963 march on Washington.
Next month, the New Rochelle Public Library will be holding a two-day film festival celebrating Dee's life. It starts on Oct. 4.


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