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Ruby Dandridge (b. March 3, 1899, Wichita, Kansas - d. October 17, 1987, Los Angeles, California), born as Ruby Jean Butler, was an African American actress from the early 1900s to the 1950s. She is best known for her radio work in her early days of acting.

Her parents were Nellie Simon and George Butler, of Jamaican, Mexican, and Native American descent. Her father was a janitor, minister, school principal, and entertainer, who inspired her to go into acting when she was young.

On September 30, 1919, Ruby Jean Butler 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 the following year, 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. [1]

Ruby Dandridge is best known for her role on the radio show Amos 'n Andy, in which she played Sadie Blake and Harriet Crawford, and radio's Judy Canova Show, in which she played the role of Geranium. She is also recognized for her role in the 1959 movie A Hole in the Head, in which she played Sally.

She attended her daughter Dorothy Dandridge's funeral in 1965. After Dorothy died, she reportedly went into seclusion.

She died of a heart attack, aged 88, in Los Angeles, California, and was interred next to Dorothy at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

In the 1998 flim Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she is portrayed by Loretta Devine.

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