Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Known as one of the most talented and socially active couples of our time, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis are certainly a pair whose union will never be forgotten. Joining forces in 1948, each had careers in Hollywood that spanned over 60 years. They were married for 57 and bore three children. Not only did they pave the way for many black actors, writers, and directors after them by not allowing themselves to be typecasted, they also participated in the Civil Rights Movement, helping to organize the March on Washington in 1965.
Davis was in the early production phases of a film when he passed away in 2005. Knowing her husband was a strong advocate for education, the Ossie Davis Endowment was started to keep his legacy alive.
Ruby Dee is still working and a documentary of her and Ossieâ€™s relationship, Life Essentials by Ruby Dee, is set to release later this year. Part of the film was screened at the Schomburg Center for Ruby Deeâ€™s 90th birthday which she celebrated in October of 2012. In the film, Ruby states, â€œIt was the most magical experience in the world to be married to Ossie, and I think he felt the same about me.â€