Understudy (Broadway debut) for Ruby Dee
in "Purlie Victorious" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Ossie Davis
. Directed by Howard Da Silva
. Cort Theatre (moved to The Longacre Theatre from 20 Nov 1961-13 May 1962): 28 Sep 1961-13 May 1962 (261 performances). Cast: Ossie Davis (as "Purlie Victorious Judson"), Ruby Dee (as "...
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It was really a revolution in casting, you know. It was understood by all of us who auditioned that the girl could be anything -- oriental, black, anything -- just a human being. I won. I was the first black female -- no, make that black, period -- to make a national TV commercial, on camera, with lines. My friends and family thought I was crazy, you know. But honey, there ain't any black ...
Studied with Lee Strasberg
and was later a member of the Repertory Theater at Lincoln Center where she worked with Elia Kazan
. Her stage work included "A Raisin In The Sun," "Purlie Victorious" and "Danton's Death".