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 ...
One of TV's most visible black actors of the late 60s, Gail was nominated for four Emmy Awards for her stylish secretary, winning once, and for three Golden Globe Awards, winning twice.