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Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist. She is perhaps best known for originating the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
(1961). Her other notable film roles include The Jackie Robinson Story
The Jackie Robinson Story
(1950), and Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing
(1989). For her performance as Mahalee Lucas in American Gangster (2007), she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Female Actor in a Supporting Role. She was a Grammy, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk winner. She was also a National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors
Kennedy Center Honors
and Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient. She was married to Ossie Davis, with whom she frequently performed, until his death in 2005.[1]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life and activism 4 Death 5 Work

5.1 Filmography 5.2 Television 5.3 Stage 5.4 Discography

6 Awards and nominations 7 Bibliography 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio,[2] the daughter of Gladys (née Hightower) and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace, a cook, waiter and porter.[3] After her mother left the family, Dee's father remarried, to Emma Amelia Benson, a schoolteacher.[4][5][6][7] Dee was raised in Harlem, New York.[8] She attended Hunter College High School and went on to graduate from Hunter College
Hunter College
with a degree in Romance languages in 1945.[9] She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta.[10] Career[edit] Dee joined the American Negro Theater as an apprentice, working with Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Hilda Simms.[9] She made several appearances on Broadway. Her first onscreen role was in That Man of Mine in 1946. She received national recognition for her role in the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story.[8] In 1965, Dee performed in lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival
American Shakespeare Festival
as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and Cordelia in King
Lear, becoming the first black actress to portray a lead role in the festival. Her career in acting crossed all major forms of media over a span of eight decades, including the films A Raisin in the Sun, in which she recreated her stage role as a suffering housewife in the projects, and Edge of the City. She played both roles opposite Poitier.[9]

Photo of a scene from the play A Raisin in the Sun. From left: Dee, (Ruth Younger); Claudia McNeil, (Lena Younger); Glynn Turman, (Travis Younger); Sidney Poitier, (Walter Younger) and John Fiedler, (Karl Lindner).

During the 1960s, Dee appeared in Gone Are the Days and The Incident. In 1969, Dee appeared in 20 episodes of Peyton Place.[8] She appeared as Cora Sanders, a Marxist college professor, in the Season 1/Episode 14 of Police Woman, entitled “Target Black" which aired on Friday night, January 3, 1975. The character of Cora Sanders was obviously, but loosely, influenced by the real-life Angela Y. Davis. She appeared in one episode of The Golden Girls' sixth season. She played Queen Haley in Roots: The Next Generations, a 1979 miniseries.[8] Dee was nominated for eight Emmy
Awards, winning once for her role in the 1990 TV film Decoration Day.[11] She was nominated for her television guest appearance in the China Beach
China Beach
episode, "Skylark". Her husband Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
(1917–2005) also appeared in the episode. She appeared in Spike Lee's 1989 film Do the Right Thing, and his 1991 film Jungle Fever.[8] In 1995, she and Davis were awarded the National Medal of Arts.[12] They were also recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors
Kennedy Center Honors
in 2004. In 2003, she narrated a series of WPA slave narratives in the HBO film Unchained Memories.[13] In 2007 the winner of the Grammy
Award for Best Spoken Word Album was shared by Dee and Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together, and former President Jimmy Carter.[9][14]

Dee by Carl Van Vechten, September 25, 1962

Dee was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
in 2007 for her portrayal of Mama Lucas in American Gangster. She won the Screen Actors Guild award for the same performance. At 83 years of age, Dee is currently the second oldest nominee for Best Supporting Actress, behind Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
who was 87 when nominated for her role in Titanic. This was Dee's only Oscar nomination.[15] On February 12, 2009, Dee joined the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College orchestra and chorus, along with the Riverside Inspirational Choir and NYC Labor Choir, in honoring Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday at the Riverside Church
Riverside Church
in New York City. Under the direction of Maurice Peress, they performed Earl Robinson's The Lonesome Train: A Music Legend for Actors, Folk Singers, Choirs, and Orchestra, in which Dee was the Narrator.[16] Dee's last role in a theatrically released film was in the Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words, in which she portrayed the mother of Murphy's protagonist. Perhaps, her penultimate film role is in 1982, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[17] and was released on home video on March 1, 2016.[18] It is unknown whether her final role will ever be seen, as King
Dog was in production at the time of her death,[19] and no release date has ever been announced. Personal life and activism[edit] Ruby Wallace married blues singer Frankie Dee Brown in 1941, and began using his middle name as her stage name. The couple divorced in 1945.[9] Three years later she married actor Ossie Davis, whom she met while costarring in Robert Ardrey's 1946 Broadway play Jeb.[20] Together, Dee and Davis wrote an autobiography in which they discussed their political activism and their decision to have an open marriage (later changing their views).[21][22] Together they had three children: son, blues musician Guy Davis, and two daughters, Nora Day and Hasna Muhammad. Dee was a breast cancer survivor of more than three decades.[23]

Dee speaking in 2006

In 1979, the Supersisters
trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Dee's name and picture.[24] Dee and Davis were well-known civil rights activists in the Civil Rights Movement.[25] Dee was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta
sorority and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1963, Dee emceed the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.[26] Dee and Davis were both personal friends of both Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at Malcolm X's funeral in 1965.[27] In 1970, she won the Frederick Douglass Award from the New York Urban League.[8] In 1999, Dee and Davis were arrested at 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York Police Department, protesting the police shooting of Amadou Diallo.[28] In early 2003, The Nation
The Nation
published "Not In My Name", an open proclamation vowing opposition to the impending US invasion of Iraq. Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
and Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
were among the signatories, along with Robert Altman, Noam Chomsky, Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
and Howard Zinn, among others. In November 2005 Dee was awarded – along with her late husband – the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis. Dee, a long-time resident of New Rochelle, New York, was inducted into the New Rochelle Walk of Fame which honors the most notable residents from throughout the community's 325-year history. She was also inducted into the Westchester County Women's Hall of Fame on March 30, 2007, joining such other honorees as Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
and Nita Lowey.[29] In 2009, she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Princeton University.[14][30] Death[edit] Dee died on June 11, 2014, at her home in New Rochelle, New York, from natural causes at the age of 91.[31] In a statement, Gil Robertson IV of the African American Film Critics Association said, "the members of the African American Film Critics Association are deeply saddened at the loss of actress and humanitarian Ruby Dee. Throughout her seven-decade career, Ms Dee embraced different creative platforms with her various interpretations of black womanhood and also used her gifts to champion for Human Rights. Her strength, courage and beauty will be greatly missed."[8] “She very peacefully surrendered,” said her daughter Nora Day. “We hugged her, we kissed her, we gave her our permission to go. She opened her eyes. She looked at us. She closed her eyes, and she set sail.” Following her death, the marquee on the Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater
read “A TRUE APOLLO LEGEND RUBY DEE 1922-2014".[32] Dee was cremated, and her ashes are held in the same urn as that of Davis, with the inscription "In this thing together".[9] A public memorial celebration honoring Dee was held on September 20, 2014, at the Riverside Church
Riverside Church
in Upper Manhattan.[33] Work[edit] Filmography[edit]

Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
and Joel Fluellen
Joel Fluellen
(center) in The Jackie Robinson Story
The Jackie Robinson Story

Year Title Role Note

1946 That Man of Mine [8]

1947 The Fight Never Ends [34] Jane

1948 What a Guy [34]

1950 The Jackie Robinson Story Rae Robinson

No Way Out Connie Brooks Uncredited

1951 The Tall Target Rachel

1954 Go, Man, Go! Irma Jackson


Mrs. Ashlow Uncredited

1957 Edge of the City Lucy Tyler

1958 St. Louis Blues Elizabeth

Virgin Island Ruth

1959 Take a Giant Step Christine

1961 A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger

1963 The Balcony Thief

Gone Are the Days! Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins

1967 The Incident Joan Robinson

1968 Up Tight! Laurie

1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis


1972 Buck and the Preacher Ruth

Black Girl Netta's Mother

1973 Wattstax

1976 Countdown at Kusini [35] Leah Matanzima

1982 Cat People Female

1989 Do the Right Thing Mother Sister

1990 Love at Large Corrine Dart

1991 Jungle Fever Lucinda Purify

1993 Color Adjustment Narrator Documentary

Cop and a Half Rachel

1994 The Stand Mother Abagail Freemantle

1995 Just Cause Evangeline

1996 Mr. & Mrs. Loving [36] Sophia

1997 A Simple Wish Hortense

1998 A Time to Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner Narrator Documentary[35]

1999 Baby Geniuses[35] Margo

2003 Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Herself Documentary

2006 No. 2 Nanna Maria

The Way Back Home [35] Maude

2007 All About Us [35] Ms. Ella

American Gangster Mama Lucas

Steam Doris

2009 The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
[35] Miss Candy

2010 Dream Street


2011 Video Girl Valerie [38]

Politics of Love
Politics of Love

Red & Blue Marbles [35] Professor Wright

2012 Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abu-Jamal


A Thousand Words Annie McCall [35]

2013 Betty & Coretta Narrator [40]

1982 Rose Brown

Short subjects:

Lorraine Hansberry: The Black Experience in the Creation of Drama (1975)[41] The Torture of Mothers (1980)[34] Tuesday Morning Ride (1995)[42] The Unfinished Journey (1999) (narrator)[43] The New Neighbors (2009) (narrator)[44]


The Bitter Cup (1961)[36] Seven Times Monday (1962)[36] The Fugitive (1963)[36] Of Courtship and Marriage (1964)[36] Guiding Light
Guiding Light
(cast member in 1967)[36] Peyton Place (cast member from 1968–1969) Deadlock (1969)[36] The Sheriff (1971)[36] It's Good to Be Alive (1974)[36] Police Woman Season 1 / Episode 14 "Target Black" (1975) Roots: The Next Generations (1979) (miniseries)[36] I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
(1979)[36] All God's Children (1980)[36] With Ossie and Ruby! (1980–1982)[36] Long Day's Journey into Night
Long Day's Journey into Night
(1982) Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984) The Atlanta Child Murders (1985) (miniseries) Windmills of the Gods
Windmills of the Gods
(1988)[36] Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988)[36] The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)[36] Decoration Day (1990)[36] Golden Girls
Golden Girls
(1990)[36] Jazztime Tale (1991) (voice)[34] Middle Ages (1992–1993) The Ernest Green Story (1993) The Stand (1994) (miniseries) Whitewash (1994) (voice)[36] Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996)[36] Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996) The Wall (1998)[36] Little Bill (1999 – 2004) (voice) Passing Glory (1999) Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999) A Storm in Summer (2000)[36] Finding Buck McHenry (2000)[36] The Feast of All Saints (2001) (miniseries) Taking Back Our Town (2001)[36] Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) Meet Mary Pleasant (2008) America (2009)


On Strivers Row (1940)[45] Natural Man (1941)[45] Starlight (1942)[45] Three's a Family (1943)[45] South Pacific (1943)[45] Walk Hard (1944)[45] Jeb (1946)[45] Anna Lucasta (1946) (replacement for Hilda Simms)[45] Arsenic and Old Lace (1946)[45] John Loves Mary
John Loves Mary
(1946) A Long Way From Home (1948)[45] The Smile of the World (1949)[45] The World of Sholom Aleichem
Sholom Aleichem
(1953)[45] A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
(1959) Purlie
Victorious (1961)[45] King Lear
King Lear
(1965)[45] The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
(1965)[45] The Birds (1966)[45] Oresteia
(1966)[45] Boesman and Lena (1970)[45] The Imaginary Invalid
The Imaginary Invalid
(1971)[45] The Wedding Band (1972)[45] Hamlet
(1975)[45] Bus Stop (1979) Twin-Bit Gardens (1979)[45] Zora is My Name! (1983)[45] Checkmates (1988)[45] The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
(1989)[45] The Disappearance (1993)[45] Flying West (1994)[45] Two Hahs-Hahs and a Homeboy (1995)[45] My One Good Nerve: A Visit with Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1996)[45] A Last Dance for Sybil (2002)[45] Saint Lucy's Eyes (2003)[45]


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The Original Read-In for Peace in Vietnam (Folkways Records, 1967)[46] The Poetry of Langston Hughes (with Ossie Davis. Caedmon Records, no date, TC 1272)[47] Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (with George Grizzard. Caedmon Records, 1970, TC 1324) Tough Poems For Tough People (with Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Henry Braun. Caedmon Records, 1972, TC 1396) To Make A Poet Black: The best poems of Countee Cullen (with Ossie Davis. Caedmon Records, 1971, TC 1400 To Be A Slave (with Ossie Davis. Caedmon Records, 1972, TC 2066) The Lost Zoo, (Caedmon Records, 1978, TC 1539) Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears and Other Tales with Ossie Davis. Caedmon Records, 1978, TC 1592) What if I am a Woman?, Vol. 1: Black Women's Speeches (Folkways, 1977)[48] What if I am a Woman?, Vol. 2: Black Women's Speeches (Folkways, 1977)[49] Every Tone a Testimony (Smithsonian Folkways, 2001)[50] American Short Stories, Vol 2: Various Artists(eav Lexington, no date, LE 7703) American Short Stories, Vol 3: Various Artists (eav Lexington, no date, LE 7704) I've got a name, Various Artists (Holt's Impact, 1968, CSM 662) At your own risk, Various Artists (Holt's Impact, 1968, CSM 663) Conflict, Various Artists (Holt's Impact, 1969, CSM 816) Sight lines, Various Artists (Holt's Impact, 1970, SBN 03-071525-3) Roses & Revolutions, Various Artist (D.S.T. Telecommunications, Inc. Production, 1975) New Dimensions in Music (with John Cullum. CBS Records, 1976, P 13161)

Awards and nominations[edit] Awards

1961: National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress – A Raisin in the Sun[51] 1971: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance – Boesman and Lena[52] 1971: Obie Award for Best Performance by an Actress – Boesman and Lena[20][52] 1973: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance – Wedding Band[20] 1988: Induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame[53] 1991: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries
or a Movie – Decoration Day[9] 1991: Women in Film Crystal Award[54] 1995: National Medal of Arts[52] 2000: Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award[55] 2003: Women of Vision Award - Women in Film & Video-DC [56] 2007: Grammy
Award for Best Spoken Word Album – With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together (tied with Jimmy Carter)[9][57] 2008: African–American Film Critics Best Supporting Actress – American Gangster[58] 2008: Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – American Gangster[26][59] 2008: The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award[60] 2008: She was awarded the Spingarn Medal
Spingarn Medal
from the NAACP.[61]


1964: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – The Doctors and the Nurses: Express Stop from Lenox Avenue[36] 1979: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
– Roots: The Next Generations[52] 1988: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries
or a Special
– Lincoln[52] 1990: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – China Beach: Skylark[52] 1993: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Evening Shade: They Can't Take That Away from Me[52] 1995: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – Whitewash[36] 2001: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – Little Bill[62] 2002: Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actress – Saint Lucy's Eyes[52] 2003: Emmy
Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – Little Bill[63] 2008: Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – American Gangster[52] 2008: Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – American Gangster[59] 2008: Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture – American Gangster[9] 2009: Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries
– America[64] 2010: Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Event – America[65]


Davis, Ossie; Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1984). Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears (Audio Cassette)format= requires url= (help). Caedmon. ISBN 978-0-694-51187-7.  Dee, Ruby (1986). My One Good Nerve: Rhythms, Rhymes, Reasons. Third World Press. ISBN 0-88378-114-X.  Davis, Ossie; Dee, Ruby (1998). With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together. William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-688-15396-0. 

See also[edit]

List of oldest and youngest Academy Award
Academy Award
winners and nominees


^ Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
Dies at 91 Carmel Dagan. Variety. June 12, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2016 ^ " Ruby Dee
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marks 90th birthday with new documentary about her illustrious life with late husband Ossie Davis", New York Daily News, November 13, 2012. ^ Watson, Elwood. "Dee, Ruby Ann Wallace (1924-2014)". BlackPast.org. Retrieved 17 April 2015.  ^ Davis, Ossie; Dee, Ruby (1998). "Ruby Is Born at Seven". With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together. William Morrow. ISBN 0-688-17582-1. Retrieved July 30, 2008.  ^ Gates, Henry Louis (2005). Arts and Letters: An A-To-Z Reference of Writers, Musicians, and Artists of the African American Experience. Running Press. ISBN 0-7624-2042-1.  ^ Lyman, Darryl (2005). Great African-American Women. Jonathan David Company, Inc. ISBN 0-8246-0459-8.  ^ " Ruby Dee
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profile at FilmReference.com". July 30, 2008.  ^ a b c d e f g h "Screen, stage legend Ruby Dee
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Awards". IMDb. 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008.  ^ Lifetime Honors – National Medal of Arts
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Ruby Dee
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& Ruby Dee, ossieandruby.com; accessed March 3, 2014. ^ a b MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer. "Ruby Dee's legacy of activism, acting mourned – Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014.  ^ Davis, Ossie (February 27, 1965). "Malcolm X's Eulogy". The Official Website of Malcolm X. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2009.  ^ "Showbuzz – March 24, 1999". CNN. March 24, 1999. Retrieved June 12, 2014.  ^ Staff writers (March 6, 2007). " Ruby Dee
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Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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(1979) Mare Winningham
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(1980) Jane Alexander
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(1981) Penny Fuller
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(1982) Jean Simmons
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(1983) Roxana Zal (1984) Kim Stanley
Kim Stanley
(1985) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1986) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1987) Jane Seymour (1988) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1989) Eva Marie Saint
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(1990) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1991) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1992) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(1993) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(1994) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
/ Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi
(1996) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1997) Mare Winningham
Mare Winningham
(1998) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2000) Tammy Blanchard (2001) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(2002) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2003) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2004) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(2005) Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald
(2006) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2007) Eileen Atkins (2008) Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo
(2009) Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond
(2010) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2011) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2012) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(2013) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(2014) Regina King
(2015) Regina King
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern

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National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nina Foch
Nina Foch
(1954) Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau
(1955) Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1956) Sybil Thorndike
Sybil Thorndike
(1957) Kay Walsh
Kay Walsh
(1958) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1959) Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
(1960) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1961) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1962) Margaret Rutherford
Margaret Rutherford
(1963) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1964) Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
(1965) Vivien Merchant (1966) Marjorie Rhodes
Marjorie Rhodes
(1967) Virginia Maskell
Virginia Maskell
(1968) Pamela Franklin
Pamela Franklin
(1969) Karen Black
Karen Black
(1970) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1971) Marisa Berenson
Marisa Berenson
(1972) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1973) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine
(1974) Ronee Blakley
Ronee Blakley
(1975) Talia Shire
Talia Shire
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1977) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1980) Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1981) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Sabine Azéma
Sabine Azéma
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(1988) Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
(1989) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1990) Kate Nelligan (1991) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1992) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1993) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
/ Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
(1996) Anne Heche
Anne Heche
(1997) Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci
(1998) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1999) Lupe Ontiveros
Lupe Ontiveros
(2000) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2001) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2004) Gong Li
Gong Li
(2005) Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
(2011) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
(2012) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2013) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2014) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(2015) Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf

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Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(1995) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1996) Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
/ Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
(1997) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1998) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1999) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2000) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(2002) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2003) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2010) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o
(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2016) Allison Janney
Allison Janney

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Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

1962: Eddie Cantor 1963: Stan Laurel 1965: Bob Hope 1966: Barbara Stanwyck 1967: William Gargan 1968: James Stewart 1969: Edward G. Robinson 1970: Gregory Peck 1971: Charlton Heston 1972: Frank Sinatra 1973: Martha Raye 1974: Walter Pidgeon 1975: Rosalind Russell 1976: Pearl Bailey 1977: James Cagney 1978: Edgar Bergen 1979: Katharine Hepburn 1980: Leon Ames 1982: Danny Kaye 1983: Ralph Bellamy 1984: Iggie Wolfington 1985: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward 1986: Nanette Fabray 1987: Red Skelton 1988: Gene Kelly 1989: Jack Lemmon 1990: Brock Peters 1991: Burt Lancaster 1992: Audrey Hepburn 1993: Ricardo Montalbán 1994: George Burns 1995: Robert Redford 1996: Angela Lansbury 1997: Elizabeth Taylor 1998: Kirk Douglas 1999: Sidney Poitier 2000: Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee 2001: Ed Asner 2002: Clint Eastwood 2003: Karl Malden 2004: James Garner 2005: Shirley Temple 2006: Julie Andrews 2007: Charles Durning 2008: James Earl Jones 2009: Betty White 2010: Ernest Borgnine 2011: Mary Tyler Moore 2012: Dick Van Dyke 2013: Rita Moreno 2014: Debbie Reynolds 2015: Carol Burnett 2016: Lily Tomlin 2017: Morgan Freeman

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Kennedy Center Honorees (2000s)


Mikhail Baryshnikov Chuck Berry Plácido Domingo Clint Eastwood Angela Lansbury


Julie Andrews Van Cliburn Quincy Jones Jack Nicholson Luciano Pavarotti


James Earl Jones James Levine Chita Rivera Paul Simon Elizabeth Taylor


James Brown Carol Burnett Loretta Lynn Mike Nichols Itzhak Perlman


Warren Beatty Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
& Ruby Dee Elton John Joan Sutherland John Williams


Tony Bennett Suzanne Farrell Julie Harris Robert Redford Tina Turner


Zubin Mehta Dolly Parton Smokey Robinson Steven Spielberg Andrew Lloyd Webber


Leon Fleisher Steve Martin Diana Ross Martin Scorsese Brian Wilson


Morgan Freeman George Jones Barbra Streisand Twyla Tharp Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
& Roger Daltrey


Mel Brooks Dave Brubeck Grace Bumbry Robert De Niro Bruce Springsteen

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

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Women's Hall of Fame



Allen, FlorenceFlorence Allen Black, Helen ChatfieldHelen Chatfield Black Bolton, FrancesFrances Bolton Boyer, ElizabethElizabeth Boyer Bracken, HarrietHarriet Bracken Cooper, Martha KinneyMartha Kinney Cooper Donahey, GertrudeGertrude Donahey Hunter, Jane EdnaJane Edna Hunter Kline, ConsolataConsolata Kline Kunkle, VirginiaVirginia Kunkle Mahoney, MargaretMargaret Mahoney McClelland, Helen GraceHelen Grace McClelland Merritt, AgnesAgnes Merritt Papier, RoseRose Papier Randolph, LottieLottie Randolph Stewart, Ella P.Ella P. Stewart Valiquette, MarigeneMarigene Valiquette Walker, Ann B.Ann B. Walker Walsh, StellaStella Walsh Wells, MarionMarion Wells


Akeley, Mary JobeMary Jobe Akeley Bickerdyke, Mary AnnMary Ann Bickerdyke Cleveland, BeatriceBeatrice Cleveland Earley, Charity EdnaCharity Edna Earley Jammal, EleanorEleanor Jammal Kochan, BerniceBernice Kochan Leedy, EmilyEmily Leedy Lyons, RuthRuth Lyons Mock, JerrieJerrie Mock Phaler, EmmaEmma Phaler Redinger, RachelRachel Redinger Sterne, BobbieBobbie Sterne Swanbeck, EthelEthel Swanbeck Weisenborn, ClaraClara Weisenborn Whiteman, MarjorieMarjorie Whiteman



Berlin, GraceGrace Berlin Bombeck, ErmaErma Bombeck Byrne, Patricia M.Patricia M. Byrne Crawford, RuthRuth Crawford Fast, LouisaLouisa Fast Fuldheim, DorothyDorothy Fuldheim Gish, LillianLillian Gish Greisheimer, EstherEsther Greisheimer Keller, EdithEdith Keller Kitchen, TellaTella Kitchen Krupansky, BlancheBlanche Krupansky Larlham, HattieHattie Larlham Nemeth, Mary LouiseMary Louise Nemeth Oakley, AnnieAnnie Oakley Weber, DorisDoris Weber


Bayer, MildredMildred Bayer Bischoff Lovin, TinaTina Bischoff Lovin Cornelius, DorothyDorothy Cornelius Day, DorisDoris Day Diller, PhyllisPhyllis Diller Hunkins, EusebiaEusebia Hunkins Norton, AndreAndre Norton Untermeyer, Jean StarrJean Starr Untermeyer Upton, Harriet TaylorHarriet Taylor Upton Wilson, NancyNancy Wilson


Boyd, A. MargaretA. Margaret Boyd Eriksson, AnnAnn Eriksson Foley, BerniceBernice Foley George, Zelma WatsonZelma Watson George Izant, Grace GoulderGrace Goulder Izant Morrison, ToniToni Morrison Sewell, PhyllisPhyllis Sewell Spain, JayneJayne Spain Zelkowitz, HelenHelen Zelkowitz


Anderson, Harriet J.Harriet J. Anderson Biggs, IoneIone Biggs Bingham, EulaEula Bingham Boyle, Mary O.Mary O. Boyle Heath, MariwynMariwyn Heath Irwin, JosephineJosephine Irwin Janis, BarbaraBarbara Janis Player, MinnieMinnie Player Steinem, GloriaGloria Steinem Winning, FredaFreda Winning Young, Mary E. MillerMary E. Miller Young


Cooper, SallySally Cooper Harris, Sarah E.Sarah E. Harris Hauserman, Cindy NobleCindy Noble Hauserman Kaptur, MarcyMarcy Kaptur Nussbaum, KarenKaren Nussbaum Oakar, Mary RoseMary Rose Oakar Pinkerton, CatherineCatherine Pinkerton Player, WillaWilla Player Resnik, JudithJudith Resnik Santmyer, Helen HoovenHelen Hooven Santmyer Trimble, MarianMarian Trimble Wollenberg, JoyceJoyce Wollenberg


Cook, Lois Anna BarrLois Anna Barr Cook Cotner, MercedesMercedes Cotner Draz, ZellZell Draz Easterling, BarbaraBarbara Easterling Giovanni, NikkiNikki Giovanni Gonzalez, AuroraAurora Gonzalez Lazarus, MaryMary Lazarus Mandel, BarbaraBarbara Mandel Marcere, NormaNorma Marcere Mulholland, HelenHelen Mulholland Schimmoler, LaurettaLauretta Schimmoler Schott, MargeMarge Schott Steinbrenner, Mary JenMary Jen Steinbrenner


Andrew, MargaretMargaret Andrew Barber, KathleenKathleen Barber Biles, FayFay Biles Blackwell, ElizabethElizabeth Blackwell Clarke, MarieMarie Clarke Crosby, Eva MaeEva Mae Crosby Dee, RubyRuby Dee Drennan, CynthiaCynthia Drennan Glendinning, HookerHooker Glendinning Herring, LouiseLouise Herring LeVeque, KatherineKatherine LeVeque Miller, Ruth RatnerRuth Ratner Miller Nava, AmeliaAmelia Nava Pratt, Arline WebbArline Webb Pratt Przelomski, Anastasia AnnAnastasia Ann Przelomski Purdy, VirginiaVirginia Purdy Walker, Selma LoisSelma Lois Walker Walsh, JuliaJulia Walsh Wattleton, FayeFaye Wattleton Withrow, Mary EllenMary Ellen Withrow


Biggins, AnnaAnna Biggins Clonch, PatriciaPatricia Clonch Craden, NormaNorma Craden Graham, Jewel FreemanJewel Freeman Graham Guisewite, CathyCathy Guisewite Jackson, Rebecca D.Rebecca D. Jackson Jenkins, Carol HeissCarol Heiss Jenkins Kane, CarolCarol Kane Larsen, BeaBea Larsen Lev, Alice RafulAlice Raful Lev Rocker Sogg, LindaLinda Rocker Sogg Smeal, EleanorEleanor Smeal Utz, CarolynCarolyn Utz Ward, Anita SmithAnita Smith Ward


Brown, Jeanette GrasselliJeanette Grasselli Brown Carnahan, MaxineMaxine Carnahan Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman Cowles, Betsy MixBetsy Mix Cowles Gazelle, AnnAnn Gazelle Graves, MichelleMichelle Graves Harshman, FlorenceFlorence Harshman Hutt, JuneJune Hutt Jensen, GeraldineGeraldine Jensen Mahoney, CarolynCarolyn Mahoney Myers, LindaLinda Myers Porter, JennieJennie Porter Poulton, DianeDiane Poulton Powell, ReneeRenee Powell Spretnak, CharleneCharlene Spretnak Ventura, CharleneCharlene Ventura



Gaston, MarilynMarilyn Gaston Jackson, DorothyDorothy Jackson Jackson, Luella TalmadgeLuella Talmadge Jackson Kalven, JanetJanet Kalven Kanter, RosabethRosabeth Kanter Kuhn, MaggieMaggie Kuhn Lamson, JoanJoan Lamson Lin, MayaMaya Lin Macko, Anne VarianoAnne Variano Macko Mott, AliciaAlicia Mott Sauvageot, LudelLudel Sauvageot Shur, Fanchon bat-LillianFanchon bat-Lillian Shur Sutliff, Phebe TemperancePhebe Temperance Sutliff Williams, GrayceGrayce Williams


Abbott, BereniceBerenice Abbott Badger, EarladeenEarladeen Badger Brown, HallieHallie Brown Davidson, JoAnnJoAnn Davidson Diaz-Sprague, RaquelRaquel Diaz-Sprague Dove, RitaRita Dove Gavin, Mary IgnatiaMary Ignatia Gavin Harper, SaraSara Harper Hawk, DonnaDonna Hawk Holley, JuneJune Holley Moore, Martha C.Martha C. Moore Owens, DarleneDarlene Owens Peterson, Helen H.Helen H. Peterson Pituch, MarthaMartha Pituch Pointer, YvonneYvonne Pointer Ruehlmann, VirginiaVirginia Ruehlmann Schwarz, JosephineJosephine Schwarz Timken, SuzanneSuzanne Timken Bieniek, Nancy VertroneNancy Vertrone Bieniek Zannoni, Stella MarieStella Marie Zannoni


Beaumont, Mary of the AnnunciationMary of the Annunciation Beaumont Eaton, AntoinetteAntoinette Eaton McCullough, RubieRubie McCullough Oakley, NancyNancy Oakley Parker, HarrietHarriet Parker Porter, SusanSusan Porter Rice, Helen SteinerHelen Steiner Rice Schille, AliceAlice Schille Thompson, LouellaLouella Thompson


Benson, MildredMildred Benson Bingham, AmeliaAmelia Bingham Coffey, VirginiaVirginia Coffey Colombi, Viola FamianoViola Famiano Colombi Gunter, IvyIvy Gunter Hamilton, VirginiaVirginia Hamilton Hayes, Lucy WebbLucy Webb Hayes Hintz, Joy AliceJoy Alice Hintz Macelwane, GeraldineGeraldine Macelwane McCormick, Anne O'HareAnne O'Hare McCormick Olshansky, RenaRena Olshansky Pincham, EdnaEdna Pincham Plummer, MaxineMaxine Plummer Reilly, JeanJean Reilly Riel, PaulinePauline Riel


Cook, Christine M.Christine M. Cook Coulton, ClaudiaClaudia Coulton Craig-Jones, Ellen WalkerEllen Walker Craig-Jones Ferrall, NanetteNanette Ferrall Griesse, Jill HarmsJill Harms Griesse Griffith, GeorgiaGeorgia Griffith Melton, FlorenceFlorence Melton Nussdorfer, LucilleLucille Nussdorfer Reece, JaneJane Reece Reynolds, Emma AnnEmma Ann Reynolds Scott, CarolCarol Scott Spence, PaulaPaula Spence Tribe, DeannaDeanna Tribe Wald, LillianLillian Wald


Beckwith, SandraSandra Beckwith Beveridge, Daeida Hartell WilcoxDaeida Hartell Wilcox Beveridge Blackmon, Patricia AnnPatricia Ann Blackmon Bowermaster, MaryMary Bowermaster Brennan, ChristineChristine Brennan Cauffman, Joy GarrisonJoy Garrison Cauffman Clark, BunnyBunny Clark Drake, GraceGrace Drake Evans, NaomiNaomi Evans Gage, Frances DanaFrances Dana Gage Kirkham, JaneJane Kirkham Lewis, SylviaSylvia Lewis Longaberger, TamiTami Longaberger Moon, DonnaDonna Moon Murphy, GratiaGratia Murphy Resnick, Alice RobieAlice Robie Resnick Siebert, MurielMuriel Siebert


Cartwright, CarolCarol Cartwright Evans, ElizabethElizabeth Evans Goodall, Rae NatalieRae Natalie Goodall Hauser, ElizabethElizabeth Hauser Healy, BernadineBernadine Healy Kelly, CarolCarol Kelly Lewis, FannieFannie Lewis Montgomery, BettyBetty Montgomery Taft, HopeHope Taft


Ball, CarolCarol Ball Byers, MarilynMarilyn Byers Capers, Jean MurrellJean Murrell Capers Dorsey, MarthaMartha Dorsey Heidelberg, JoanJoan Heidelberg Herbert, ClariceClarice Herbert Lampkin, BeatriceBeatrice Lampkin Mayer Townsend, JacquelynJacquelyn Mayer Townsend O'Rourke, AnnAnn O'Rourke Rothschild, BerylBeryl Rothschild Shackelford, TheklaThekla Shackelford


Campbell, Marianne BoggsMarianne Boggs Campbell Garrison, CaroleCarole Garrison Hollister, NancyNancy Hollister Jones, Stephanie J.Stephanie J. Jones Kay, Bettye RuthBettye Ruth Kay Ross-Lee, BarbaraBarbara Ross-Lee Mackiewicz, AudreyAudrey Mackiewicz Palasics, KathyKathy Palasics Quinn, Margaret DianeMargaret Diane Quinn Seiberling, HenriettaHenrietta Seiberling Taylor, Mary EmilyMary Emily Taylor Varga, VirginiaVirginia Varga Woods, JacquelineJacqueline Woods Zimpher, Nancy LuskNancy Lusk Zimpher


Behrensmeyer, MaryJoMaryJo Behrensmeyer Costilla, AlvinaAlvina Costilla Deal, SarahSarah Deal Doren, ElectraElectra Doren Flowers, DaisyDaisy Flowers Glenn, AnnieAnnie Glenn Hamilton, AnnAnn Hamilton Hoover, CaroleCarole Hoover Horn, Cheryl HanCheryl Han Horn Latham, CarolCarol Latham Linenkugel, NancyNancy Linenkugel Marsh, Marie BarrettMarie Barrett Marsh Parham, MarjorieMarjorie Parham Regula, MaryMary Regula Rubin, Lee LenoreLee Lenore Rubin Stowe, Harriet BeecherHarriet Beecher Stowe Thornton, Jerry SueJerry Sue Thornton Voinovich, JanetJanet Voinovich



Ashbaugh, PaigePaige Ashbaugh Collins, Maude CharlesMaude Charles Collins Dambrot, FayeFaye Dambrot de Leon, MargaritaMargarita de Leon Fletcher, Patricia LouisePatricia Louise Fletcher Harrington, Jean PatriceJean Patrice Harrington Hoffman, ShirleyShirley Hoffman Kazel, DorothyDorothy Kazel Majidzadeh, FarahFarah Majidzadeh Martin, AdaAda Martin Porter, LorleLorle Porter Samaniego, LannaLanna Samaniego Taylor, YvonneYvonne Taylor Wong, MargaretMargaret Wong Zane, BettyBetty Zane


Boreczky, RebeccaRebecca Boreczky Casement, Frances JenningsFrances Jennings Casement Davis, Ruth L.Ruth L. Davis Ford, LucilleLucille Ford Gray, Susan F.Susan F. Gray Harrison, KathleenKathleen Harrison Hughes, Adella PrentissAdella Prentiss Hughes Jackson, Janet E.Janet E. Jackson Kamenshek, Dottie KammieDottie Kammie Kamenshek Levin, MaxineMaxine Levin Long, IreneIrene Long MacDonell, MarthaMartha MacDonell Matesich, Mary AndrewMary Andrew Matesich Powell, ElizabethElizabeth Powell Pryce, DeborahDeborah Pryce Sexton, MariaMaria Sexton Walters, FarahFarah Walters Washington, Georgeta BlebeaGeorgeta Blebea Washington


Barker, JudyJudy Barker Buchholzer, Frances SeiberlingFrances Seiberling Buchholzer Campbell, Joan BrownJoan Brown Campbell Frankenberg, NancyNancy Frankenberg Hart-Deming, ZellZell Hart-Deming Helsel, ElsieElsie Helsel Horstman, Katie T.Katie T. Horstman Hwang, JennieJennie Hwang Lewis, Cathy MonroeCathy Monroe Lewis Robertson, Viola StartzmanViola Startzman Robertson Spielman, StefanieStefanie Spielman Sullivan, KathrynKathryn Sullivan


Bailey, SheilaSheila Bailey Blunden, Jeraldyne KilbornJeraldyne Kilborn Blunden Carter, ShannonShannon Carter Fleming, LuceilleLuceille Fleming Gonzalez-Sanabria, OlgaOlga Gonzalez-Sanabria Janis, ElsieElsie Janis Lenski, LoisLois Lenski Mosley-Thompson, EllenEllen Mosley-Thompson Nelson, CathyCathy Nelson Scott, Evlyn GrayEvlyn Gray Scott Williams, YvonneYvonne Williams


Brugler, Rogers MargaretRogers Margaret Brugler Chatfield, JuliaJulia Chatfield Hastings, LucilleLucille Hastings Howard, LillieLillie Howard Jorgenson, Mary AnnMary Ann Jorgenson Mahaney, JoyceJoyce Mahaney Schlotfeldt, RozellaRozella Schlotfeldt Smith, Katherine MayKatherine May Smith Wang, FlorenceFlorence Wang


Baunach, DorothyDorothy Baunach Black, CarrieCarrie Black Bosca, CaroCaro Bosca Brown, Yvette McGeeYvette McGee Brown Crane, LoannLoann Crane Durgin, JoanJoan Durgin Gibbs, CarolCarol Gibbs Johnson, BillieBillie Johnson Lei, JihJih Lei Magee, ElizabethElizabeth Magee Rajadhyaksha, KasturiKasturi Rajadhyaksha Salamon, JulieJulie Salamon Wheatly, MicheleMichele Wheatly


Collins, GailGail Collins Davis, Pamela B.Pamela B. Davis de Groh, KimKim de Groh Gray, Beverly J.Beverly J. Gray Howard, SharonSharon Howard Kuhre, CarolCarol Kuhre Manning, VirginiaVirginia Manning Moss, HelenHelen Moss Rycus, JudithJudith Rycus Sandusky, Mary AdelaideMary Adelaide Sandusky Watson, GlennaGlenna Watson Williams, BernettBernett Williams Williamson, CeliaCelia Williamson



Alvarene, OwensOwens Alvarene Channing, Tenenbaum GayleTenenbaum Gayle Channing Chapman, Dorothy McAlpin MaguireDorothy McAlpin Maguire Chapman Fergus, BarbaraBarbara Fergus Kearns, Merle GraceMerle Grace Kearns Lee, Rebecca J.Rebecca J. Lee McClelland, NinaNina McClelland Moresky, LanaLana Moresky Otto, Martha PotterMartha Potter Otto Ruppert, ElizabethElizabeth Ruppert Singh, RitaRita Singh


Boyce, Cheryl A.Cheryl A. Boyce Flick, Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. Flick Harper, FrancesFrances Harper Hollis, Brenda J.Brenda J. Hollis Juhas, Mary C.Mary C. Juhas Luckner, Kleia R.Kleia R. Luckner Lyons, Valerie J.Valerie J. Lyons Noelker, Linda S.Linda S. Noelker Vonderhaar, CarrieCarrie Vonderhaar

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Award for Best Spoken Word Album


Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
– The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
– BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King
Jr. – Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare


Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1982) Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983) William Warfield
William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
– The Words of Gandhi (1985) Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986) Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
– It's Always Something (1990) George Burns
George Burns
– Gracie: A Love Story (1991) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– The Civil War (1992) Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS (1993) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
(1994) Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
– Get in the Van (1995) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
– Phenomenal Woman (1996) Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
– Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King
Jr. (2000)


Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003) Al Franken
Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
(2006) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
(2009) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
– Always Looking Up (2010) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011) Betty White
Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
– Society's Child (2013) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist

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