Ruby Dee, actress and civil rights activist, dies at 91 <iframe width="480" height="290" scrolling="no" src="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/embed/1027fede-f277-11e3-8658-4dc6c63456f1" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> Four of Ruby Dee's best-known film roles(1:15) Actress and activist Ruby Dee died June 11 at the age of 91. She defied segregation-era stereotypes by landing lead roles in movies and on Broadway. Here are four of her best-known film roles. (The Washington Post) By Sarah Halzack June 12, 2014 Ruby Dee, an actress who defied segregation-era stereotypes by landing lead roles in movies and on Broadway while maintaining a second high-profile career as a civil rights advocate, including emceeing the 1963 March on Washington, died June 11 at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91. In a career spanning seven decades, Ms. Dee was known for a quietly commanding presence opposite powerful leading men, including Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington and James Earl Jones.