WorldCat Identities

Dee, Ruby

Works: 219 works in 986 publications in 7 languages and 42,149 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Biography  Documentary films  Biographical films  Comedy films  Fiction  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Gangster films 
Roles: Actor, Author, Performer, Narrator, 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 )

101 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 3,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Visual )

46 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in English and held by 3,277 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 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a true story, American Gangster is the story of two men: Frank Lucas, former driver, bouncer, and collector for Bumpy Johnson, the so-called Robin Hood of Harlem; and Richie Roberts, night-school lawyer, detective, and honest cop. Frank is importing heroin direct from Bangkok--by-passing the Italian and Sicilian mafia--undercutting their prices, delivering superior product, and making a fortune. Richie, loathed by cops on the take for turning in a million bucks in unmarked bills found in a suspects car, is heading a newly formed Federal investigation force for narcotics, tasked with finding and arresting North American drug kingpins. These two men are destined to meet, a meeting that will change their lives
Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents narratives by more than forty former slaves, collected by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930's, and includes sixty photos
The Jackie Robinson story( Visual )

53 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in English and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biographical picture about Jackie Robinson's life and role in baseball
Roots of resistance : a story of the underground railroad by WGBH Educational Foundation( Visual )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the story of the underground railroad through narratives of escaped slaves. Includes interviews with descendants of slaves and slave holders, who describe the personal danger and terrible risk involved in each slave's departure
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 1,171 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
Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston( Recording )

28 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,101 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 )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,031 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 )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and German and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millions perish, and as small, isolated frightened bands unite, the answers to their perpetual questions to justify this end of civilization are bared in their dreams--revelations that urge some to embrace a path of virtue and others one of darkness. As the opposing forces separate into two camps, the noble elements try to shield themselves from their corrupt enemy
With Ossie and Ruby : in this life together by Ossie Davis( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 919 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 )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 899 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 )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sean Connery hace el papel de Paul Armstrong, un maestro de Leyes de Harvard que reabre la investigación de un homicidio a petición de un recluso condenado a muerte (Blair Underwood) quien sostiene que fue obligado por un siniestro policía a confesar un crimen que no cometió. A simple vista parece una mera cuestión de probar la inocencia o culpabilidad del reo, pero nada está claro en este misterio ocurrido en los pantanos de la Florida"--Contenedor
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou( Visual )

19 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Maya leads a precarious existence in racist, Depression-era Arkansas, where she is shuttled between her grandmother's and mother's house. She endures to share her realization in her valedictory address: "In order to lift your voice, you have to lift your head."
Go tell it on the mountain by Blind Boys of Alabama( Visual )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To be Black in America. To seek both salvation and understanding in the journey of a family from the rural South to 'big city' Harlem. To be a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather."
Lady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday by Matthew Seig( Visual )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 756 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 732 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 )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black 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
A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Recording )

16 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 696 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
Decoration day by Decoration Day( Visual )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an estranged friend refuses the Congressional Medal of Honor for service during World War II, a retired judge tries to find out why and in the process solves a mystery, heals his friendship, saves a marriage, and falls in love
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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