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Ruby Dee's relationship with Ossie Davis ended when Ossie Davis died on February 4, 2005. They had been married for 56.1 years.

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Ruby Dee

Entertainment - Actress

Why Famous: The Jackie Robinson Story, film

Age: 91 (10/27/1922 - 6/11/2014)

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Ossie Davis

Entertainment - Actor

Why Famous: Do The Right Thing, film

Age: 87 (12/18/1917 - 2/4/2005)

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Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating n/a --
Engaged n/a --
Married 12/9/1948 56.1 years
Deceased 2/4/2005 --
 Total56.1 years*

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Hasna LaverneN/AFemaleBiological
Nora DayN/AFemaleBiological
Guy Davis5/12/195265 yrs.MaleBiological

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Where and/or how did Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis meet?

Although neither one of them can remember the actual moment they met one another, Ossie and Ruby met while performing in the Broadway drama "Jeb" at the Amsterdam Theater in new york City in December, 1946.

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Other Relationship Information about Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis:

Dee and Davis together wrote an autobiography in which they discuss their political activism as well as insights on their open marriage. Also, Dee and Davis were well-known civil rights activists and were personal friends of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at the latter's funeral in 1965.

Together, Ossie and Ruby have received many awards includig the Frederick Douglass Award from the New York Urban League in 1970, the Paul Robeson Citation from the Actors Equity in 1975, inducted into the NAACP Image Awards hall of Fame in 1989, Monarch Award in 1990, the Silver Circle Award by the Academy of Television Arts Sciences in 1994, the Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement In the Arts given at the White House by President and Mrs. Clinton in 1995, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. Between the two of them, they have 10 Emmy nominations.

In his final episodes of The L Word, his character was taken ill and died. His wife Ruby Dee was present during the filming of his own death scene.

Three years after they met, Ossie proposed to Ruby by sending a telegram to her from Chicago. During one of their days off (a Thursday) from rehearsals, Ruby and Ossie rode the bus to Jersey City, New Jersey and were married on December 9, 1948 by a Baptist preacher. Ruby and Ossie didn't have a big ceremony, and there was no wedding gown, no church service, and no pictures. They were married in New Jersey because there was no waiting period there. Ossie's brother Willie and Ruby's sister LaVerne were witnesses for their wedding. Ruby wore a brown suit.

They founded the Institute of New Cinema Artists and also the Recording Industry Training Program. Together, with their three children, they formed the production company Emmalyn II Enterprises

They had a gala benefit on their golden wedding anniversary and raised funds for 12 community theaters.

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Classic Quotes by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis about their relationship:

"How to ride the rough waves in a relation long enough for the waters to get calm? When does it sink in that overcoming difficult times gets easier with practice? How do you drag some of the good feelings, good times vibrations into the stormy places? To love someone long and deep is a "consummation devoutly to be wished"!... It is day by day, one step at a time. It may not mean two bathrooms, but just some space, some privacy, some area to be alone. ...Unlike the wedding event, that takes place in a day, marriage is a long process that goes on at some level every day for the rest of your life....We have to learn how to live together... I thought I loved you, Ossie, when we got married, but as I see now, I was only in the kindergarten of the proposition. To arrive at love is like working on a double doctorate in the subject of Life." Ruby Dee
"Run away for secret weekends. We're always talking about going away for a four-day weekend. We do this occasionally. We check into a hotel in down town New York and pretend we're tourists. And, nobody knows who we are. We have a nice little suite and we indulge ourselves. We go to the theater and eat out, go to all of the places we don't get a chance to go to." Ossie Davis

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