Celebrity Profiles by Sandra Varner
Decades of memorable acting performances to her credit, Ms. Ruby Dee received her first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for AMERICAN GANGSTER.
Last year’s awards ceremony bestowed the award upon Jennifer Hudson for her role in DREAMGIRLS. Hopefully, Dee will go home with an Oscar this February, another crowning achievement during Black History Month.
GANGSTER was one of the most anticipated films in 2007 and is the Harlem-heyday epic, starring Academy Award winners: Denzel Washington (Glory, Training Day), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and acclaimed actress, Ms. Ruby Dee (Do The Right Thing, Buck and the Preacher, A Raisin in the Sun and TV’s Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters).
The Ridley Scott directed blockbuster is unequivocally a dramatic masculine platform and Dee (as Mama Lucas) infuses a tasteful balance of feminine prowess, the antithesis of the ego-driven bravado that fuels this intriguing story of real life drug king pin, Frank Lucas (with Washington in the lead role), Mama’s favorite son.
Lauded for her artistic contributions, the widow of acclaimed counterpart Ossie Davis is the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors and Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award, and served as inspiration to many of those on set of GANGSTER.
If you’re open to ideas Hollywood, and now that she’s received the nomination, I hope to see a film about Ruby Dee: her life and her stories are fascinating.