Hunter Alumna Ruby Dee Nominated For Oscar

Famed Hunter alumna Ruby Dee (’44) has received an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actress for her standout performance in the hit movie American Gangster.

Dee — the legendary actress who graduated first from Hunter High School and then from the College with a BA in French and Spanish — earned rave reviews in the role of Mama Lucas, the mother of a Harlem drug king pin played by star Denzel Washington.

It’s the first Oscar nomination ever in the long and storied career of Dee, who has played memorable roles on stage, on television and in more than 50 movies during a remarkable career that spans more than half a century. She has also been hailed for her work as a writer and a social activist.

Last year, Dee returned to Hunter to present an exclusive preview screening on campus of Naming Number Two, an award-winning movie filmed in New Zealand in which she starred and won numerous film honors and accolades.