Ruby Truly is a Hawaii-born Nikkei actor and filmmaker. Born in Maui, she grew up dancing the hula, which she credits as a lifelong artistic influence. She studied theatre at the University of Hawaii, and immigrated to Canada in the 1960s. As a performer, she has numerous film, television, and theatre credits, including The War Between Us and stage credits in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. Truly also began her electronic media art practice in 1982. She was active in the Nikkei community in the 1990s, particularly in Vancouver, and screened her documentary and experimental video works in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Tokyo. She splits her time between Hawaii and Rosebery, BC.