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Ruby Dandridge

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Cause of death  Heart Attack
Partner(s)  Geneva Williams
Nationality  American
Name  Ruby Dandridge
Occupation  Actress
Role  Actress
Years active  1917-1959

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Full Name  Ruby Jean Butler
Born  March 3, 1900 (1900-03-03) Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Resting place  Forest Lawn Memorial Park(Glendale, California)
Died  October 17, 1987, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Cyril Dandridge (m. 1919–1922)
Children  Dorothy Dandridge, Vivian Dandridge
Parents  George Butler, Nellie Simon
Movies and TV shows  Beulah, Coal Black and de Sebben, A Hole in the Head, Cabin in the Sky, Father of the Bride
Similar People  Dorothy Dandridge, Vivian Dandridge, Harold Nicholas, Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas, Carl Stalling

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Ruby Dandridge (born Ruby Jean Butler; March 3, 1900 – October 17, 1987) was an American actress from the early 1900s to the 1950s. She is best known for her radio work in her early days of acting. Dandridge is best known for her role on the radio show Amos 'n Andy, in which she played Sadie Blake and Harriet Crawford, and on radio's Judy Canova Show, in which she played "Geranium". She is recognized for her role in the 1959 movie A Hole in the Head as "Sally".


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Ruby Dandridge - Life and career

Life and career

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She was born as Ruby Jean Butler in Wichita, Kansas to Nellie Simon (who was of mixed Spanish and Indian heritage) and George Butler (who was born in Jamaica in 1860 and came to the United States as a child). Her father was "a famous minstrel man."

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On September 30, 1919, she married Cyril Dandridge. She moved with her husband to Cleveland, Ohio, where her daughter, actress Vivian Dandridge (1921–1991) was born. A second daughter, Academy Award-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge, was born there in 1922, five months after Ruby and Cyril divorced. It is noted that after her divorce, Ruby Dandridge became involved with her companion, Geneva Williams, who reportedly overworked the children and punished them harshly.


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In 1937, Dandridge played one of the witches in what an article in The Pittsburgh Courier called a "sepia representation" of Macbeth in Los Angeles. California. The production began July 8 at the Mayan Theater. Five years later, she appeared in a production of Hit the Deck at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, California.



One of Dandridge's earliest appearances (uncredited, as were many of the minor roles she played) was as a native dancer in King Kong (1933). In other films, she played Dabby in Tap Roots (1948), the housekeeper in Three Little Girls in Blue (1946), Mrs. Kelso in Cabin in the Sky (1943) and Violet in Tish (1942).

Radio and television

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Dandridge played Oriole on both radio and TV versions of The Beulah Show, and Geranium in The Judy Canova Show,:182 and was a regular cast member on Tonight at Hoagy's.:337

For one season (1961-1962), Dandridge played the maid on the television version of Father Knows Best.

Other business

In 1955, Dandridge and her business partner, Dorothy Foster, bought land in Twentynine Palms, California, with plans to construct a subdivision of 250 homes.

Also in the 1950s, Dandridge formed a nightclub act that played in clubs around Los Angeles. A review of her act cited her "flashes of effervescent showmanship" and said, "What Ruby lacks in her voice, she invariably makes up for it with her winsome personality."

Death and legacy

Ruby attended her daughter Dorothy Dandridge's funeral in 1965.

On October 17, 1987, she died of a heart attack at a nursing home in Los Angeles, California. She was interred next to Dorothy at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

In the 1999 film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby is portrayed by Loretta Devine.


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