Ruby Dee was equally committed to her life with her husband, to whom she was married for almost 57 years. (Davis passed away in 2005.) In the book With Ossie & Ruby:
 In This Life Together, the couple took turns telling tales about their acting, activism, marriage and parenting (they had one son and two daughters). The pair were honored together for their artistic achievements, receiving the National Medal of Arts in 1995 and the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award in 2000. They were inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame in 1989.


Monée Fields-White is a freelance writer and editor based in Los Angeles.