Ruby Dee is a true legend: An actress and activist who has received kudos for her performances and her politics. The mother of three is also a breast cancer survivor and the second-oldest person ever to receive a best supporting actress Oscar nomination (she was 83). Last night BET’s “Black Girls Rock” gave her a richly deserved Living Legend award, with Lynn Whitfield singing her praises in a beautiful introduction.
Watch the entire presentation below, including the entertaining moment in which Dee realized she was on camera. What do you think – where does Ruby Dee rate among your favorites?