In this Monday, June 2, 2008, file photo, Actress Ruby Dee arrives for the Apollo Theater's annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
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Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.Dee, who frequently acted alongside her husband of 56 years, Ossie Davis, was surrounded by family and friends, she added.Day added: "We gave her our permission to set sail," said Day. "She opened her eyes, closed her eyes and away she went".Her long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film "American Gangster". Davis and Dee met in 1945 when she auditioned for the Broadway play "Jeb," starring Davis (both were cast in it).They already were so close that "it felt almost like an appointment we finally got around to keeping," Dee wrote in "In This Life Together".They shared billing in 11 stage productions and five movies during long parallel careers. Dee's fifth film, "No Way Out" with Sidney Poitier in 1950, was her husband's first.
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