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Beloved Actress And Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee Dies At 92


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Actress Ruby Dee, who first came to prominence as the star of A Raisin in the Sun and Do the Right Thing, has died at the age of 91. Dee’s daughter, Nora Davis Day has confirmed the sad news. 

"She died of natural causes," said Arminda Thomas, who works for Dee's family, for Reuters. "She was blessed with old age."

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Dee wasn't just known for her considerable acting talent.

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Ruby Dee Dies Aged 91: Remembering The Actress, Poet And Activist


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Ruby Dee, star of stage, screen and written word, died yesterday at her home in New Rochelle, New York. A pioneer at a time when African-American actors were given very little space on stage or screen, Dee was the proud winner of an Emmy, a Grammy, a Screen Actors Guild award, and an Oscar nomination during her long and illustrious career.

A family member confirmed the new today, via NY Daily News, but declined to comment further on any more details, such as the cause of death.

Born Ruby Wallace on the 27th October 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dee was raised in Harlem, New York. She made several appearances on Broadway before her first film role in 1949, in the musical drama That Man of Mine. She then played Rachel Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950, and starred alongside Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt and Cab Calloway in 1958's St. Louis Blues.

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'Free Angela And All Political Prisoners' Premiere

Ruby Dee - New York Premiere of 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners' held at The Schomburg Center Langston Hughes Auditorium - New York City, New York , United States - Wednesday 3rd April 2013

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Premiere Of 'Betty & Coretta'

Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee and Mary J Blige - Premiere of 'Betty & Coretta' New York City USA Monday 28th January 2013

Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee and Mary J Blige
Cherise Boothe, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee and Mary J Blige
Mary J Blige and Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee and Cherise Booth
Angela Bassett

Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier At Lincoln Center - Arrivals

Quincy Jones and Ruby Dee - Quincy Jones, Sydney Poitier and Ruby Dee New York City, USA - Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier at Lincoln Center - Arrivals Saturday 2nd April 2011

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Lulu and Quincy Jones
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Quincy Jones

Celebrities Attend The Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier At Lincoln Center

Quincy Jones, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier - Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, and Ruby Dee Monday 2nd May 2011 Celebrities attend the Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier at Lincoln Center

Quincy Jones, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier
Quincy Jones, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier

Grey Goose Entertainment Celebrates Sundance Channel's Fifth Season Of 'Iconoclasts' At Lavo Restaurant

Ruby Dee Tuesday 21st September 2010 Grey Goose Entertainment celebrates Sundance channel's fifth season of 'Iconoclasts' at Lavo restaurant New York City, USA

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American Gangster Review


OK
There's something dead in Denzel Washington's eyes nearly all of the way through Ridley Scott's American Gangster, which takes what should have been a mesmerizing slice of urban historical grit and grinds it into roughly two hours of standard issue cinema. Washington is playing Frank Lucas, a real-life crime boss who for a period lasting from the late 1960s into the following decade, ran Manhattan "from 110th to 155th, river to river." A real slick character who doesn't need to strut his worth on the street, Lucas hates flash like a junkie hates rehab: It reminds him of all he truly is but doesn't want to be. Facing off against him is New Jersey narc Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), a womanizing tough guy with a short fuse but a heart of gold (aren't they all), who's so clean that when he and his partner come across $1 million in untraceable cash he had the bad manners to turn it all in without taking a single bill for himself. In a big-city police department in the 1970s, boy scout behavior like that will just plain get you killed -- the guy who's not on the take is the guy who could very well sell you down the river when the grand jury comes sniffing around for who is on the take.

Ridley Scott has a good thing going here, tossing these two Hollywood bigshots into the ring and letting them play cops and robbers while he slathers on the period detail with a trowel. There's some serious Superfly outfits (including a godawful $50,000 chinchilla coat that plays a surprisingly key part in a plot twist), a generous helping of soul music, enough fantastic character actors to choke a horse (Idris Elba, Jon Polito, Kevin Corrigan, an incredibly sleazy Josh Brolin, and so on), the specter of Vietnam playing on every television in sight, and the odd enjoyment one gets from watching cops in the pre-militarized, pre-SWAT days take down an apartment with just revolvers, the occasional shotgun, and a sledgehammer to whack down the door. Scott's smart enough to let the story cohere organically and without rush, keeping his main contenders apart for as long as could possibly be borne, making them fully developed characters in their own right and not just developed in opposition to the other. But there's something in this broad and expansive tale that can't quite come together, and it seems to start in Denzel's eyes.

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A Raisin In The Sun Review


Excellent
Sidney Poitier is on fire, as usual, in this play adaptation -- something in the vein of A Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Poitier's family faces racial prejudice as it moves into a new home in an all-white neighborhood while entering an ill-advised business venture that leaves them penniless. The struggle to triumph in the face of adversity transcends the film being pegged as a civil rights picture, and thanks to the leadership of Poitier, a classic is born.

Baby Geniuses Review


Terrible
Is it possible for a movie to be insulting from beginning to end, without pause at all along the way? As it turns out, yes indeed! Baby Geniuses, widely hailed as one of the worst movies of the 1990s, if not one of the worst of all time, would be completely forgettable if it weren't so deeply disturbing. Medical experimentation on human babies, now there's a movie idea for ya! And adopting Babe-like morphing to make these babies appear to speak is just plain wrong.

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Baby Geniuses Review


Zero

"Baby Geniuses" doesn't waste any time gettingstupid. The first scene is a bunch of bozo Orwellian security guards beingkarate-chopped to a pulp by a brainiac toddler who is trying to escapethe lab of an evil scientist.

The evil scientist is Christopher Lloyd, forever lit frombelow to make his worn-out elastic face look sinister. His evil boss isan Ivana-ized Kathleen Turner, in what has to be the most embarrassingrole of her tail-spinning career, as the scenery-chewing CEO of Baby Co.,a kiddie product conglomerate that is secretly experimenting on babiesto discover if they know the secrets of the universe.

Don't ask.

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American Gangster Movie Review

There's something dead in Denzel Washington's eyes nearly all of the way through Ridley Scott's...

Baby Geniuses Movie Review

Baby Geniuses Movie Review

"Baby Geniuses" doesn't waste any time gettingstupid. The first scene is a bunch of bozo...

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