Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, and it's important to be comfortable in one's own skin, but perhaps Voltaire said it best when he proclaimed, "Beauty pleases the eyes only; sweetness of disposition charms the soul ." And then there's Peter's Almanac's light-hearted take on the topic: "Always remember that true beauty comes from within — from within bottles, jars, compacts, and tubes." So does beauty come from within? If you'd ask these 10 stars, they'd think so.
Ruby Dee once said,
“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within — strength, courage, dignity.”
Born Ruby Ann Wallace, Ruby Dee has certainly lived by these virtues in her 83 years. A 30-year breast cancer survivor, the petite dynamo with the raspy voice has been in the spotlight since the 1940s. With a career spanning throughout several major movements in African American culture, she's been fortunate to portray captivating, powerful women. The pinnacle being her Oscar nominated role in last year's American Gangster.
A civil rights activist, Dee has been close friends with leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, Dee is often credited as helping to pave the way for up and coming African-American actors and filmmakers, particularly with her work on Gone Are the Days and The Incident.
From playwright to Shakespeare to margarine commercials with her hubby, Dee's done it all. Although approaching her mid-80s, her legendary look at the Oscars was timeless and appropriate for all ages. Check out my color suggestions for Dee's iconic makeup after the jump.
- A close up of Dee at the 2008 Academy Awards.
- Dee's stunning look at the 2008 Academy Awards.
- Checking a picture of her younger self out at the Ruby Dee Style Celebration in June, 2008.
- Sporting some funky glasses at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards in 2008.
- At Sundance in 2006 — loving the curly hair.
- Women in Film Awards in 1991.
- With her hubby in 1989.
- Looking foxy at a 1972 premiere.
For a mini how-to on achieving Dee's iconic makeup, read more
While the crowning jewel of award season, the Academy Awards, are Sunday this whole week is full of actors rewarding each other including yesterday's First Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon. Jada Pinkett Smith was one of the women of the afternoon and Will was on hand to present the award to his wife for everything that she has done in Hollywood. Tom and Katie (love her shoes) were there to help celebrate and speak about their friend alongside Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union and Vivica A. Fox just to name a few. Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee and possible record-breaker Ruby Dee also received an award at the luncheon and who knows, her mantel may be even more full by the end of the weekend!
To see more from the event including Quincy Jones, Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Paula Patton, Raven Symone and others just read more
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I'm getting more excited for the Oscars as we get closer to the big day, and to prepare for the red-carpet (from my comfy couch) I'm looking more in depth into the nominees' interesting careers. Ruby Dee is one remarkable woman — on screen and off. She has more than 50 years of acting on her resume (she was born in 1924), and off stage she and her husband, Ossie Davis, have been involved in civil rights protests and causes and active supporters of equality and civil rights issues. Take the quiz to see how much you know about this American Gangster actress who's been an inspiration to many — maybe you'll even learn something new!