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Ruby Dee, winner of outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her part in "American Gangster'', poses backstage at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, in this January 27, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

Stage, screen actress Ruby Dee dies at 91: family

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(Reuters) - Legendary stage and screen actress Ruby Dee, who won acclaim in theater, film and television and became a notable figure in the U.S. civil rights movement, died peacefully at home, a friend of the family said on Thursday.

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The actress, who was 91 years old, died on Wednesday night in New Rochelle, New York, surrounded by her family.

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