Legendary actress Ruby Dee has died at age 91, a family member confirmed Thursday.
The Grammy-winning actress is best known for her stage and screen work in films such as "A Raisin in the Sun" (1961), Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing” (1989), and the 1979 TV movie “Roots: The Next Generation". Ruby Dee and her husband of 57 years, actor Ossie Davis, had an open marriage.
"It occurred to us, from observation and reasoning, that extramarital sex was not what really destroyed marriages, but rather the lies and deception that invariably accompanied it -- that was the culprit," Ossie, 97, wrote in their joint autobiography.
He wrote that they gave each other permission to sleep with other partners -- as long as they were "honest as well as private, and that neither of us exposed the family to scandal or disease."
"But looking back, I'd say no matter what did or did not happen, we freed each other. And in doing that, we also freed ourselves...Sex is fine, but love is better," he wrote.
"We both came to realize that we were very fortunate that, in all of the deep profound, fundamental ways, we really, really only wanted each other. It was like a rediscovery of something from the beginning. It's not something that you'd recommend to everybody. But often Ossie has said - and I've though too - the best way to have somebody is to let it go. If it doesn't come back you are free in another kind of sense - in that you find the strength to let go and wish somebody well. So, we thought an open marriage was appropriate for us but it turned out not to be. But then that's what we're all about, we are moving from one position to another in the process of trying to unravel this thing call life."
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