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Born as Ruby Ann Wallace on the 27th October 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio USA, she was one of the most prolific persons in the entertainment industry, winning numerous awards for her work, including Grammy, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk awards. Some of her most notable appearances include in such films as “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), “Do the Right Thing” (1989), and “American Gangster” (2007). Her career started in 1940 and ended in 2013. She passed away in June 2014.

Have you ever wondered how rich Ruby Dee was at the time of her death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Ruby Dee’s net worth was as high as $2.5 million, earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry. Apart from appearing on screen, Ruby’s net worth improved from her work in theatre, appearing in more than 30 plays, including “Jeb” (1946), “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1946), “The World of Sholom Aleichem” (1953), “The Glass Menagerie” (1989), and many others.

Ruby Dee Net Worth $2.5 Million

Ruby was the daughter of Gladys and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace. Her mother left the family and her father remarried. She grew up in Harlem, New York, and went to Hunter College High School. Following matriculation, Ruby enrolled at Hunter College, and earned a degree in Romance languages.

Ruby then became a part of the American Negro Theater, learning under Sidney Poitier, Hilda Simms and Harry Belafonte. Her first appearance was in “On Strivers Row” (1940), and since then, made more than 30 appearances on stage, and received Drama Desk Award and also Obie Award for “Boseman and Lena” (1970). She featured in such plays as “King Lear” (1965), “The Taming of the Shrew” (1965), “Hamlet” (1975), “A Last Dance for Sybil” (2002), and “Saint Lucy’s Eyes” (2003).

Ruby;s career on screen began in the mid-1940s in the film “The Man of Mine” (1946), and continued with roles in “The First Year” (1946), “What a Guy” (1948), and “The Fight Never Ends” (1949). She came to prominence with the role of Rae Robinson in the biographical drama “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950), and then spent the ‘50s building a name for herself playing parts in such productions as “The Tall Target” (1951), “Go Man Go” (1954), “Edge of the City” (1957) and the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Take a Giant Step” (1959), next to Johnny Nash and Estelle Hemsley. Her net worth rose steadily

She started the ‘60s with one of her most successful roles, as Ruth Younger in the Golden Globe Award-nominated drama “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), with Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil. Two years later she had a role in the Oscar-nominated drama “The Balcony”, starring Shelley Winters and Peter Falk. Before the decade ended, she appeared in “The Incident” (1967), “Uptight” (1968), and the TV series “Peyton Place” (1968-1969).

During the ‘70s her career stagnated for a while, but still she managed to land several notable roles, including in such films as “It’s Good to Be Alive” (1974), “Cool Red” (1976), and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, based on the Maya Angelou book. All stayed the same in the ‘80s; Ruby featured in such titles as “Cat People”, then “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (1982), which won her an ACE Award in the category Actress in a Dramatic Presentation, then “Do the Right Thing” (1989), for which she received an Image Award in category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture.

She entered into ‘90s with a role in another biography about baseball star Jackie Robinson, entitled “The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson” (1990), then the highly praised Robert Markowitz’s drama “Decoration Day” (1990), next to James Garner and Judith Ivey, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special. After that, she appeared in Spike Lee’s romantic drama “Jungle Fever”, with Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra and Halle Berry. Five years later she featured in the film “Captive Heart: The James Mink Story”, and then starred in Michael Ritchie’s “A Simple Wish” (1997), finishing the decade with a role in the Steve James’ Passing Glory” (1999). Her age didn’t stop her from performing, and she stayed active during 2000s, beginning with roles in television films such as “A Storm in Summer” (2000), “Finding Buck McHenry” (2000), and Peter Medak’s Primetime Emmy Award- winning romantic drama “Feast of All Saints” (2001).

In 2006 she had the lead role in “Naming Number Two”, for which she won several awards in festivals, and then in 2007 she appeared in Ridley Scott’s biographical drama “American Gangster”, next to Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor, for which she received an Oscar nomination and SAG Award in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, among other awards, making it one of her most successful accomplishments. Before she retired from acting in 2013, Ruby also featured in such films as “Red & Blue Marbles” (2011), “Video Girl” (2011), and “1982” (2013). Her last role was in the film “King Dong”, however, the film hasn’t yet been released, although it is completed.

Ruby will also be remembered as a civil rights activist; she was a part of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), then NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and many other organizations. Thanks to her contribution to community life, Ruby received the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award, while she is also a part of the Westchester County Women’s Hall of Fame.

Regarding her personal life, Ruby married twice – her first husband was to Frankie Dee Brown; from 1941 until 1945. Three years later, she married actor, writer and director Ossie Davis, with whom she was married until his death in 2005. The couple had three children. Ruby Dee died at her home on the 11th June 2014 in New Rochelle, New York US from natural causes, aged 91. Her posthumous remains were created, and her ashes and the ones of her husband are held in the same urn, on which is written “In this thing together”.

Quick Facts

Birth date: October 27, 1922
Birth place: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Death date: June 11, 2014, New Rochelle, New York, United States
Profession:Actress
Education:Hunter College
Nationality:American
Spouse:Ossie Davis (m. 1948–2005), Frankie Dee Brown (m. 1941–1945)
Children:Guy Davis, Hasna Muhammad Davis, Nora Day Davis
Parents:Gladys Hightower, Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Aunt of Tommy Wallace Jr..
2Grandmother of Muta'Ali Muhammad.
3Had appeared with her husband Ossie Davis in nine films: No Way Out (1950), Gone Are the Days! (1963), The Sheriff (1971), Cool Red (1976), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), All God's Children (1980), Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991) and The Stand (1994).
4Had appeared with Sidney Poitier in four films: No Way Out (1950), Edge of the City (1957), A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and Buck and the Preacher (1972).
5Lifelong friend of Marla Gibbs.
6In early 2003, she and her husband signed "Not In My Name", a statement opposing the impending invasion of Iraq. Other signatories included Susan Sarandon, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn.
7Is one of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008.
8In 2008, at age 85, she became the second oldest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. The oldest is Gloria Stuart.
9Attended and graduated from Hunter College with degrees in French and Spanish in 1944.
101995: She and husband Ossie Davis were awarded the American National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
11Had three children: Guy Davis, Nora Davis, and Hasna Muhammad.
122004: Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, along with Elton John, Joan Sutherland, John Williams, Warren Beatty and husband Ossie Davis.
13Is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
14Says her favorite quote comes from the book, "Charlotte's Web": "'Isn't life peculiar!' said Jeremy. 'Compared to what?' said the spider.".
15She was a member of the NAACP, CORE, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Southern Christian Leadership Council.
161989: Voted into the NAACP image award Hall of Fame with husband Ossie Davis.


Quotes

#Quote
1I think you mustn't tell your body, you mustn't tell your soul, 'I'm going to retire', You may be changing your life emphasis, but there's still things that you have in mind to do that now seems the right time to do. I really don't believe in retiring as long as you can breathe.
2I didn't have the kind of talent or personality that kept me dreaming about Hollywood. They don't hire little colored girls to do this or that.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Supporting ActressAmerican Gangster (2007)
2008President's AwardImage Awards
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleAmerican Gangster (2007)
2007AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best Supporting ActressAmerican Gangster (2007)
2007EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsHanging in There Award for PersistenceAmerican Gangster (2007)
2007GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album· Ossie Davis
2006Jury AwardAtlanta Film FestivalBest ActressNo. 2 (2006)
2006Lifetime Achievement AwardMethod Fest
2006New Zealand Screen AwardNew Zealand Screen AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleNo. 2 (2006)
2005Lifetime Achievement AwardWomen Film Critics Circle Awards
2004Kennedy Center HonorsThe Kennedy Center Honors· Ossie Davis
2001Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesPromised Land (1996)
1998Lifetime Achievement AwardSt. Louis International Film Festival· Ossie Davis
1997Muse AwardNew York Women in Film & Television
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialDecoration Day (1990)
1991Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Motion PictureDo the Right Thing (1989)
1991Crystal AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1989Hall of FameImage Awards· Ossie Davis
· Sammy Davis Jr.
1983ACECableACE AwardsActress in a Dramatic PresentationLong Day's Journey Into Night (1982)
1961NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActressA Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsLifetime Achievement Award
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialAmerica (2009)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAmerica (2009)
2008OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleAmerican Gangster (2007)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureAmerican Gangster (2007)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAmerican Gangster (2007)· Armand Assante
· Josh Brolin
· Russell Crowe
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Idris Elba
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Carla Gugino
· John Hawkes
· Ted Levine
· Joe Morton
· Lymari Nadal
· John Ortiz
· RZA
· Yul Vazquez
· Denzel Washington
2007EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsHumanitarian Activism Award
2007ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleAmerican Gangster (2007)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role, DramaAmerican Gangster (2007)
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramLittle Bill (1999)
2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramLittle Bill (1999)
2001GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album· Gerry Bamman
· Robert Bella
· Claire Bloom
· Lindsay Crouse
· Ossie Davis
· Brian Dennehy
· Denise Dumont
· Jill Gascoine
· Amy Irving
· Anne Jackson
· Jordan Lage
· Brian Stokes Mitchell
· Alfred Molina
· Al Pacino
· Natasha Richardson
· Patrick Stewart
· Allyson Tucker
· Kathleen Turner (also producer)
· Eli Wallach
· Fritz Weaver
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialLittle Bill (1999)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic SpecialHaving Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesCaptive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996)
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramWhitewash (1994)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEvening Shade (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesChina Beach (1988)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialLincoln (1988)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialRoots: The Next Generations (1979)
1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Nurses (1962)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baby of the Family2002
Little Bill1999-2002TV SeriesAlice the Great Alice The Great
Taking Back Our Town2001TV MovieEmelda West
Feast of All Saints2001TV MovieElsie Claviere
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child2000TV SeriesGrandma
Finding Buck McHenry2000TV MovieMrs. Henry
A Storm in Summer2000TV MovieGrandmother
Touched by an Angel1999TV SeriesLaBelle Springbelt
Shelly Fisher1999TV MovieMrs. Greenspan
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years1999TV MovieAnnie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
Baby Geniuses1999Margo
Passing Glory1999TV MovieMommit Porter
Cosby1999TV SeriesMattie
Promised Land1998TV SeriesAlicia
The Wall1998TV MovieMrs. Mitchell (segment "The Badge")
A Simple Wish1997Hortense
Stories from the Edge1996TV Movie segment "Tuesday Morning Ride"
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story1996TV MovieIndigo
Mr. and Mrs. Loving1996TV MovieSophia
Tuesday Morning Ride1995Short
Street Gear1995TV SeriesMosley Davis
American Masters1995TV Series documentaryNarrator
Just Cause1995Evangeline
Whitewash1994TV ShortGrandmother (voice)
The Stand1994TV Mini-SeriesMother Abagail Freemantle
The Poetry Hall of Fame1993TV Movie
Cop & ½1993Rachel
Evening Shade1993TV SeriesAurelia Danforth
The Ernest Green Story1993TV MovieMrs. Lydia Wilson
Middle Ages1992TV SeriesEstelle Williams
Jazztime Tale1991TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Jungle Fever1991Lucinda Purify
Decoration Day1990TV MovieRowena, Finch's Housekeeper
The Golden Girls1990TV SeriesMammy Watkins
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson1990TV MovieJackie's mother
China Beach1990TV SeriesRuby
American Playhouse1985-1990TV SeriesZora Neale Hurston / Mrs. Grimes
Love at Large1990Corrine Dart
American Experience1990TV Series documentaryNarrator
Do the Right Thing1989Mother Sister
Lincoln1988TV Mini-SeriesElizabeth Keckley
Windmills of the Gods1988TV Mini-SeriesDorothy - Secretary to Mary Ashley
Crown Dick1987TV MovieJohnson's Mother
Spenser: For Hire1987TV SeriesEleanor Simpson
The Atlanta Child Murders1985TV Mini-SeriesFaye Williams
Go Tell It on the Mountain1984Mrs. Grimes
Long Day's Journey Into Night1982TV MovieMary Tyrone
Cat People1982Female
Ossie and Ruby!1980TV SeriesCo-host (1980-81)
The Torture of Mothers1980
All God's Children1980TV MovieIrene Whitfield
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings1979TV MovieGrandmother Baxter
Roots: The Next Generations1979TV Mini-SeriesQueen Haley
Watch Your Mouth1978TV SeriesMrs. Fullo
Cool Red1976Leah Matanzima
Police Woman1975TV SeriesCora Sanders
Wedding Band1974TV MovieJulia Augustine
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1974TV Series
It's Good to Be Alive1974TV MovieRuth Campanella
Tenafly1973TV SeriesJan Lennox
Chelsea D.H.O.1973TV MovieDr. Bianca Pearson
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black1972TV Movie
Black Girl1972Netta's mother
Buck and the Preacher1972Ruth
The Sheriff1971TV MovieSue-Anne Lucas
Peyton Place1968-1969TV SeriesAlma Miles
The Bold Ones: The Protectors1969TV SeriesLucinda
Uptight1968Laurie
The Incident1967Joan Robinson
Armchair Theatre1966TV SeriesVicky Kingsbury
The Defenders1965TV SeriesCatherine Collins
East Side/West Side1963TV SeriesMarilyn Marsden
The Great Adventure1963TV SeriesHarriet Tubman
The Fugitive1963TV SeriesLaura Smith
Gone Are the Days!1963Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
The Doctors and the Nurses1963TV SeriesJenny Bishop
The Balcony1963Thief
Alcoa Premiere1963TV SeriesIrene Clayton
Seven Times Monday1962TV MovieLila
A Raisin in the Sun1961Ruth Younger
Play of the Week1960-1961TV SeriesJane / Lila
Take a Giant Step1959Christine
Our Virgin Island1958Ruth
St. Louis Blues1958Elizabeth
Edge of the City1957Lucy Tyler
The Great American Pastime1956Mrs. Ashlow (uncredited)
Go Man Go1954Irma Jackson
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesMartha Frazier (1967)
Frontiers of Faith1951TV SeriesGrace Gilmore
The Tall Target1951Rachel - Slave Maid
No Way Out1950Connie Brooks (uncredited)
The Jackie Robinson Story1950Rae Robinson
The Fight Never Ends1949Janie
What a Guy1948
The First Year1946TV Movie
That Man of Mine1946
King DogfilmingMary Johnson
19822013/IRose Brown
Betty and Coretta2013TV MovieNarrator
A Thousand Words2012/IAnnie McCall
Politics of Love2011
Video Girl2011Valerie
Red & Blue Marbles2011Professor Wright
Dream Street2010
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll2009Miss Candy
America2009TV MovieMrs. Harper
Steam2007Doris
American Gangster2007Mama Lucas
All About Us2007Ms. Ella
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2007TV SeriesMary Wilson
The Way Back Home2006Maude
Naming Number Two2006Nanna Maria
Their Eyes Were Watching God2005TV MovieNanny

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Landlord2009/Iperformer: "I Don't Need a Man"
The Stand1994TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Uptight1968screenplay

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Uptight1968co-producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frankenpimp's Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacrespecial thanks filming
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970Documentary particular thanks for contributing their talents

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHerself
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee2014DocumentaryHerself
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal2012DocumentaryHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHerself
Black Girls Rock2010TV MovieHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHerself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement2009DocumentaryHerself
The New Neighbors2009Documentary shortNarrator
A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School2009DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Tyra Banks Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
An Evening at the Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
La noche de los Oscar2008TV MovieHerself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Tavis Smiley2008TV SeriesHerself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Meet Mary Pleasant2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role & Best Motion Picture Cast
The Oprah Winfrey Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Iconoclasts2007TV Series documentary
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHerself
In the Shadow of Hollywood: Race Movies and the Birth of Black Cinema2007Video documentaryHerself
Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson2007VideoHerself
Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation2007Video documentary shortHerself
The 2006 Black Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Lockdown, USA2006DocumentaryNarrator
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Black Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Character Studies2005TV SeriesHerself
The History Makers2005Video documentaryHerself
Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2004TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Def Poetry2004TV Series documentaryHerself
A Wealth of Wisdom2004TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Book TV2004TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks2003DocumentaryHerself
2003 Trumpet Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives2003DocumentaryReader
An Evening with Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee2002TV MovieHerself - Interviewee
Hughes' Dream Harlem2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Broadway Legends2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years2001TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore2001TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHerself
The Unfinished Journey1999Documentary shortNarration (voice)
American Masters1999TV Series documentaryHerself
A Time to Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner1998DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHerself
Charlie Rose1997-1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
God's Gonna Trouble the Water1998TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Great Performances1982-1998TV SeriesHerself / Narrator
Sports on the Silver Screen1997TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Domestic Differences1997DocumentaryNarrator
Mississippi, America1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Homeward Bound1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Lifetime Achievement Award
The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery1994DocumentaryHerself - Narrator
The Stand: The Making of...1994TV Short documentaryHerself
Reading Rainbow1984-1992TV SeriesHerself
Color Adjustment1992DocumentaryNarrator
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday1990TV Movie documentaryBillie Holiday (voice)
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Making 'Do the Right Thing'1989TV Movie documentaryHerself
Today1989TV SeriesHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1988TV SeriesHerself
A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers1984TV Series documentaryHerself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
Tony Brown's Journal1978TV SeriesHerself
Lorraine Hansberry: The Black Experience in the Creation of Drama1975Documentary short
Wattstax1973DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Actor's Choice1970TV SeriesHerself - performer
Zur Nacht1970TV Series documentary
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHerself
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHerself
Look Up and Live1968TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1968TV SeriesHerself
History of the Negro People1965TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHerself
I've Got a Secret1963TV SeriesGuest panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 16th Annual Tony Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The DuPont Show of the Week1962TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
P.O.V.2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs2013DocumentaryHerself
Biography2005TV Series documentaryHerself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentary
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryRuth Younger

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