6 Things Real Fans Knew About Ruby Dee

The late actress had a rich life on and off the big screen. 

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Iconic actress Ruby Dee died Wednesday at the age of 91. As the world mourns her death, real fans remember that her career was versatile and her life was multilayered.

1. She was a social activist.

Along with her husband, Ossie Davis, Dee was a fervent activist. In the 1950s she was an outspoken critic of McCarthyism. Close friends with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., she served as the master of ceremonies during the entertainment portion of the March on Washington. Dee was a member of the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Congress of Racial Equality. She also protested against the Vietnam War.

2. She was a lover of languages.

In 1944 she graduated from Hunter College with degrees in Spanish and French. Dee also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

3. She was a cancer survivor.