WorldCat Identities

Dee, Ruby

Works: 224 works in 1,065 publications in 7 languages and 42,343 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Biography  Documentary films  Biographical films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Fiction  Gangster films 
Roles: Actor, Author, Narrator, Performer, Interviewee, Commentator, Speaker, Author of screenplay, Proofreader
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ruby Dee
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

107 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 3,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise, "--Container
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Visual )

48 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in English and held by 3,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations
American gangster by Ridley Scott( Visual )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Armado con despiadadas tácticas callejeras y un estricto sentido del honor, el jefe de la delincuencia Frank Lucas controla el caótico mundo de la droga de Harlem. Cuando el proscrito policía Richie Roberts se apresta a echar abajo el imperio de Lucas, se produce una confrontación entre los dos hombres
Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country as part of the Federal Writers' Project to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record
The Jackie Robinson story( Visual )

56 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jackie Robinson story details the heroic struggles and triumphs of the first black player in the Major Leagues
Two ways to count to ten : a Liberian folktale by Ruby Dee( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of a traditional Liberian tale in which King Leopard invites all the animals to a spear-throwing contest whose winner will marry his daughter and succeed him as king
Roots of resistance : a story of the underground railroad by WGBH Educational Foundation( Visual )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of slavery in the United States and of the Underground Railroad, a network of escape routes black slaves took in the mid-1800's to freedom. Their flight from the South was organized by other escaped slaves and their allies, including Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass
Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston( Recording )

29 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930's, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance
A thousand words by Brian Robbins( Visual )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fast-talking Jack McCall says whatever it takes to close a deal. After stretching the truth with a spiritual guru, he suddenly finds his life depending on a magical tree with 1,000 leaves, one for every word he has left. Now Jack's got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he's a goner
The Stand by Gary Sinise( Visual )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally aired as a television mini-series, this all-star filmization of Stephen King's gripping epic of good versus evil chronicles the episodic adventures of a disparate group of people who struggle to reestablish civilization after a man-made catastrophe wipes out most of the world's population. The world abruptly ends when a deadly virus accidentally escapes from a government sponsored biological warfare laboratory. Soon people are dropping like flies from the plague
With Ossie and Ruby : in this life together by Ossie Davis( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement."--Jacket
Color adjustment by Marlon T Riggs( Visual )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study of prejudice and perception traces over forty years of race relations in America through the lens of prime time TV entertainment. Black actors Esther Rolle, Diahann Carroll, Denise Nicholas, and Tim Reid and Hollywood producers Norman Lear, Steve Bochco and David Wolper reveal the behind-the-scenes story of how prime time was "integrated." Revisiting such popular hits as Amos and Andy, Beulah, The Nat King Cole Show, Julia, I Spy, Good Times and Roots, viewers see how bitter racial conflict was absorbed into the non-controversial formats of the prime time series
Just cause by Jonathan Couch( Visual )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Harvard Law School professor reopens a murder investigation on behalf of a Death Row inmate who claims he was forced by a sinister lawman to confess to a crime he didn't commit. On the surface, it seems to be a straight-ahead case of the prisoner's guilt or innocence. But nothing really lies on the surface of this mystery, set in the Florida swamplands
Go tell it on the mountain by Blind Boys of Alabama( Visual )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of violence and desire, of tenderness and compassion, so gripping and moving, which lays bare the trials and sufferings, the yearings and aspirations of three generations of an African American family. The journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Herlem, seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou( Visual )

20 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Maya leads a precarious existence in racist, Depression-era Arkansas, where she is shunted between her grandmother's house and mother's -- where she is raped -- and withdraws into total silence. She endures to share her realization in her valedictory address: "In order to lift your voice, you have to lift your head."
Lady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday by Matthew Seig( Visual )

17 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sparkling documentary features rare TV and movie clips, along with commentary by a stellar group of jazz instrumentalists and singers who knew her well
Roots, the next generations( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the Haley family from the post-Civil War era until the more contemporary but still turbulent time of the 1960s and '70s, when Alex himself begins his research into the discovery of his roots
Jungle fever by Spike Lee( Visual )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Afro-American architect begins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Their relationship causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors in this moving view of inner-city life
A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Recording )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play about a black family's struggle to buy a house in a white neighborhood, after the father dies. An insurance check can allow the Youngers to escape their frustrating life in a crowded Chicago apartment, but escape means different things to each family member. It deals with their attempt to maintain dignity, self-respect, and a sense of humanity
An introduction to Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston by Dan Stone( Recording )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Zora Neale Hurston's Their eyes were watching God, a novel about an independent and articulate black woman named Janie Crawford who sets out to be her own person in the 1930s
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Do the right thing
Alternative Names
Wallace, Ruby Ann

A Raisin in the SunUnchained memories : readings from the slave narrativesTwo ways to count to ten : a Liberian folktaleTheir eyes were watching GodWith Ossie and Ruby : in this life togetherJust causeGo tell it on the mountainLady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday