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Cort Theatre

(New York). One of Broadway's smaller and most engaging theatres, the Cort on West 48th Street was designed by Edward B. Corey to hold a thousand spectators comfortably in an ...

Dee, Ruby

Dee, Ruby (b. 27 October 1924)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
640 words
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...his surname because Ruby preferred the name Dee. They divorced in 1945 . Ruby began acting in the 1940s through an apprenticeship with the American Negro Theatre—which included Hilda Simms , Harry Belafonte , Sidney Poitier , and her future husband, Ossie Davis . Dee's first stage performance was in On Strivers Row in 1940 . Dee acted in a series of plays and made her Broadway debut at the Cort Theater in a play called South Pacific in 1943 . In 1944 , Dee graduated from Hunter College with a dual degree in French and Spanish. She worked briefly as a...

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