Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 - June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist. She is perhaps best known for originating the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun. She portrayed Mother Abagail in 1994 television adaptation of The Stand. She was married to Ossie Davis is portrayed Judge Farris in the 1994 miniseries.

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