Thursday, June 12, 2014

Another legend is lost...

Sad news indeed, but veteran actress and Oscar nominee Ruby Dee has left us.  Her death was confirmed this morning, but no news on the cause has been released as of yet.  An icon for African American actresses and a real gem of a performer, Dee will be missed (even though her best work is far behind her).  She was finally nominated for an Oscar back in 2007 for her work in American Gangster, and while many objected to this nomination (she has two scenes and doesn't do much of note other than slapping Denzel Washington in the face), I've always kind of loved the performance.  It is a very natural performance, and while it didn't deserve a nomination, I can't contest it too much since she deserved to be nominated for something (she should have won the Oscar for A Raisin in the Sun, but that's for another discussion).  At 91, she lived a full life, and that is something to celebrate, and the fact that she still looked so healthy and full of life even in her 90's was nice to see.  She'll be missed, but the legend she left behind is one to celebrate, not mourn!


  1. Another loss for the film community, but what a legacy to leave behind! I've no problem with her AG nod either, and she definitely deserved to win for A Raisin in the Sun. How did the Academy totally pass on that film?

    1. Strange to me, since that was easily one of the best films of the year!