On Monday, Lee showed a short film showing highlights of Davis‘ decades-long career, and said he was guided both creatively and politically by Davis and his wife, Ruby Dee, both of whom have appeared in his films.
Lee said, “They gave me the courage to take stands that might be unpopular.”
Davis was found dead in his Florida hotel room on Friday from what appeared to be natural causes. He was 87.
Dee was in New Zealand making a movie when her husband died. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998.
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