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Actress And Activist Ruby Dee Dies At Age 91

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The legendary Ruby Dee passed away at age 91 at her home in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday night, as reported to The Associated Press by her daughter. Born Ruby Ann Wallace, she got her start on Broadway, but it was a star turn as Rae Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story,’ that helped to launch her film and television career.

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She appeared alongside Sidney Poitier in 1961′s A Raisin in the Sun, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. The role of Mama Lucas inAmerican Gangster earned her an Oscar nomination and a Screen Actor’s Guild award. She appeared in critically acclaimed episodes forPolice Woman and Peyton Place.’ Starred in the made-for-TV movie adaptation of Dr. Maya Angelou‘s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and even made her way down to Miami for an episode ofThe Golden Girls where she played Blanche’s former nanny. One of her most famous roles was as Mother Sister in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing,’ which also co-starred her husband Ossie Davis, who died in 2005. Lee made a statement on his Instagram about Dee’s passing saying that he was “crushed” over death. Ruby frequently appeared along side Ossie in on stage and screen. In their autobiography,With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together,’ they discussed their political activism, and friendships with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The couple were arrested in 1999 for protesting the shooting of Amadou Diallo in front New York City’s police headquarters.

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Her stage career included performances in King Lear,’ ‘The Glass Menagerie andBus Stop.‘ At Sunday night’s Tony awards, Audra McDonald included her as one of the black actresses that made her stage career possible. A breast cancer survivor of more than three decades, she leaves behind three children, musician Guy DavisNora Davis Day and Hasna Muhammed.

A private service will be held for family and friends, a public service will be announced at a later date.

 

Ann B. Davis ‘Alice’ From ‘The Brady Bunch’ Has Died At 88

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Ann B. Davis

Well, this is sad news. Iconic Ann B. Davis, ‘Alice’ the housekeeper from ‘The Brady Bunch’ has died suddenly at the age of 88.

TMZ is reporting that an accidental fall is to blame.

According to the couple she lived with … Ann fell in her bathroom early this morning and hit her head causing grave damage.  We’re told she never regained consciousness.

Her roommate says Davis had been pretty healthy for an 88-year old woman — and her death was a total shock.  In fact, she even walked downstairs to say goodnight before going to bed.

Oh, Alice. Rest in Peace…

Film Legends Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine Have Passed Away

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Peter O’Toole and
Joan Fontaine – RIP

 

The movie world has lost a number of legends this past week. British Actor Peter O’Toole died on Saturday at the age of 81 in London after a long illness. O’Toole is known to fans for his work in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. Soon after the success of the film, O’Toole became a star and a heartthrob due to his 6-foot-2 frame, bright blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. British playwright Noel Coward famously said that “If you’d been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia.”

His career included such critically acclaimed films such as’Goodbye Mr. Chips,’ How To Steal A Million’ with Audrey Hepburn and ‘The Lion In Winter’ with Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins. His most recent credits included ‘Troy,’ Ratatouille’ as the voice of food critic Anton Ego and ‘Venus’ which gave him his last Oscar nomination. O’Toole would be nominated for 8 over the span of his career, the most of any performer. In 2003, he was honored with the Academy Honorary Award which he initially balked at saying that he was “still in the game.” He finally accepted when his children informed him that it was the highest honor that any actor could receive.

He is survived by his two daughters Kate and Pat from his first marriage to actress Sian Phillips, and his son Lorcan from his second marriage.

Actress Joan Fontaine died at the age 96 on Sunday in Carmel, California. Fontaine rose to fame playing one of the many jilted wives in the classic ‘The Women,’ and as a new wife Alfred Hitchcock‘s ‘Rebecca,’ a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination. A year later she would win the Best Actress trophy for her work in Hitchcock’s ‘Suspicion.’ She shared the screen with the likes of James StewartCary Grant and Burt Lancaster, and went on to start in such films as ‘Gunga Din’ and ‘The Constant Nymph,’ for which she received her third Oscar nomination and holds a record for being the youngest actress to to have three nods. In the 1950s, she would make a move to the stage, co-starring in ‘Tea and Sympathy’ with a young Anthony Perkins. Her last film appearance was in the 1994 ‘Good King Wenceslas’ but she continued to act in the theater.

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Fontaine had a notoriously strained relationship with her older sister, Olivia de Havilland, as Olivia was favored by their mother, who refused to let Joan use the family name for her career. In her 1978 memoir, ‘No Bed of Roses,’ she said of the rivalry with her sister, “I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did. And if I die first, she’ll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it.” Well Ms. de Havilland, who is now 97, and resides in France, must be seething.

Fontaine is also survived by her daughter Deborah Dozier and a grandson.