Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

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Ruby Dee Film Credits

Films in red also feature Ossie Davis | • Award for Ruby Dee

Acting

The Fight Never Ends (1947) — Janie
That Man of Mine (1947)
Love in Syncopation (1947)
What a Guy (1948)
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) — Rae Robinson
No Way Out (1950) — Connie Brooks
The Tall Target (1951) — Rachel, slave maid
Go, Man, Go! (1954) — Ruby Dee
Edge of the City (1957) — Lucy Tyler
The St. Louis Blues (1958) — Elizabeth
Our Virgin Island (1959) — Ruth
Take a Giant Step (1959) — Christine, the maid
A Raisin in the Sun
(1961) — Ruth Younger
• National Board of Review Award, Best Supporting Actress
The Balcony (1963) — Thief
Gone Are the Days! (a.k.a Purlie Victorious, 1963) — Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
The Incident (1967) — Joan Robinson
Up Tight! (1968) — Laurie
Buck and the Preacher (1972) — Ruth
Countdown at Kusini (1976) — Leah Matanzima
The Torture of Mothers (1980)
Cat People (1982) — Female
Do the Right Thing (1989) — Mother Sister
•1991 Image Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture
Love at Large (1990) — Corinne Dart
Jungle Fever (1991) — Lucinda Purify
Jazztime Tale (1992) — Old Lucinda
Cop and 1/2 (1993) — Rachel
Just Cause (1995) — Evangeline
Tuesday Morning Ride (1995)
A Simple Wish
(1997) — Hortense
Baby Geniuses (1999) — Margo
No. 2 (2006) — Nanna Maria
• Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award
• New Zealand Screen Award, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
The Way Back Home (2006) — Maude
American Gangster (2007) — Mama Lucas
• Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
• Oscar Nomination, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Steam (2007) — Doris
All About Us (2007) — Ms. Ella
The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll (2011) — Miss Candy, the bartender
Video Girl (2011) — Valerie
The Politics of Love (2011) — Grandmother
A Thousand Words (2012) — Annie McCall
1982 (2013) — Rose Brown

Additional Film Credits

Up Tight! (1968) — Co-writer, Producer

Ruby on the set of The Tall Target, 1951.

Ruby co-starred with Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte in Buck and the Preacher, 1972.

Both he [Washington] and Ruby Dee, as his mother, give Oscar-caliber performances.
— Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer