A quote from Ruby Dee about Ossie Davis



“I thought he looked very hungry. He looked so – he looked so poverty-stricken or something. I think that’s what I was thinking because he had on clothes that didn’t fit him. But he had a very nice smile. So he knew about hunger, he knew about suffering, he knew about riding the rails and traveling through cities, getting somewhere. And it was in the days when a lot of people slept in the park. And he was one of them. But that didn’t seem to bother him. I told him, I said, oh Ossie you only do that because it’s romantic, you know. And he was a poet, too. A poet sleeping in the park, you know.”

– Ruby Dee, on what she thought when first meeting Ossie Davis. They were married for almost 60 years, until he passed away in 2005.

Black and white photograph of Ruby Dee, a renowned actress, seated with a pensive expression. She is wearing a strapless embellished gown and has her hair styled in soft waves, framing her face. The background is softly focused, adding to the ethereal and vintage quality of the portrait.
Ruby Dee


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“A quote from Ruby Dee about Ossie Davis” Sources:

  • Van Vechten, Carl, photographer. Portrait of Ruby Dee. Sept. 25. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004662790/>.