RUBY DEE - BOOK SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: SIDNEY POITIER, OSSIE DAVIS - HFSID 285499
Sale Price $432.00
RUBY DEE, OSSIE DAVIS and SIDNEY POITIER
Hardcover copy of Dee's book, My One Good Nerve, signed by all three
Book Signed: "Ruby Dee" on the title page and (on a blank page) by "Best/wishes/Sidney/Poitier", "Ossie Davis" , 180 pages 5¼x7¾, hard cover with dust jacket. My One Good Nerve, by Ruby Dee. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1999 edition. RUBY DEE (1922-2014), a multitalented veteran of stage, screen and television who made her Broadway debut in 1946 , married fellow performer OSSIE DAVIS (1917-2005) in 1948, two years after they met during a Broadway production. Over the years, they appeared together on Broadway (A Raisin in the Sun), screen (debuting in No Way Out in 1950) and television (from Roots: The Next Generation to the PBS series With Ossie & Ruby). The couple was also active in social causes, including Black voting rights and the fight against sickle cell anemia. Dee has appeared in a number of feature films, including Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1991), and she won an Emmy in 1990 for her performance in "Decoration Day" on The Hallmark Hall of Fame. Dee, who also appeared on TV's The Guiding Light, is also an accomplished writer. She co-authored the script for the 1967 film, Up Tight!, wrote the 1975 TV play, Twin-Bit Gardens, and published Glowchild, a book of poetry, in 1972. Based on her one-woman show, Ruby Dee's book My One Good Nerve, originally published in 1987, is a collection of verses, short stories and "musings" by the actress. SIDNEY POITIER, the first Black to be honored with an Academy Award for Best Actor (1963, Lilies of the Field), was the top box office star by 1967. That year, the actor, who had already won acclaim for Blackboard Jungle (1955) and The Defiant Ones (1958, nominated for Best Actor), appeared in three popular films: In the Heat of the Night, To Sir With Love and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. On March 24, 2002, at the 74th annual Academy Awards, Poitier, who is also a Kennedy Center Awards honoree, was presented with an honorary Oscar for his groundbreaking work as an actor, director and producer. (That same night, black actors won both Best Actor (Denzil Washington) and Best Actress (Halle Berry) awards for the first time, as result for which Dee, Davis and Poitier had all helped pave the way. Dust jacket lightly worn and creased and corners and edges with 1" tear from bottom edge at spine. Otherwise, fine condition.
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