|Born||Tracey Elaine McQuarn
February 18, 1967
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Spouse(s)||Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (1992–2005)
Eddie Murphy (never official)
Tracey Edmonds (née Tracey Elaine McQuarn born February 18, 1967; Los Angeles, California) is an American businesswoman, model and television personality. She is the CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc and COO of Our Stories Films and is a host on the television show Extra. She currently sits on the National board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.
Career and Personal life
Tracey Edmonds, a dynamic, multi-dimensional entertainment industry veteran, with a proven track record of success across multiple platforms, has established herself as an award-winning producer, savvy business mogul and accomplished studio executive who oversees the development and production of projects for both diverse and mainstream audiences. She has created and produced groundbreaking projects for television, film, and music both independently and with major studios. Edmonds currently serves as COO and President of Our Stories Films; CEO and President of Edmonds Entertainment; CEO and President of Alright TV; and was recently named as Co-Host of Extra (NBC Studios/Warner Bros.), alongside Mario Lopez and Charissa Thompson.
Edmonds made her formal entry into the entertainment industry in 1993 with the creation of Edmonds Entertainment Group, a multi-million dollar enterprise actively involved in all aspects of the entertainment business. Edmonds Entertainment quickly succeeded with the critically acclaimed hit film Soul Food, which earned five NAACP Image Awards. Additionally, the LaFace soundtrack for the movie, of which Edmonds served as Soundtrack Executive Producer, was a multi-platinum bestseller. Continuing on that successful path, Edmonds went on to produce other films for Edmonds Entertainment such as the romantic comedy New in Town starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. and Good Luck Chuck, starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook.
Edmonds’ latest projects include the hit series Deion’s Family Playbook on OWN TV (Oprah Winfrey Network) – now in its second season – for which she serves as show creator, executive producer and talent; and Lifetime’s With This Ring (starring Regina Hall, Jill Scott, and Eve), for which she fulfills the role of executive producer. With Our Stories Films, created by BET Founder Robert L. Johnson, Edmonds released, NAACP Image Award winner Jumping the Broom. Through Our Stories Films, Edmonds also launched Alright TV, an inspirational, faith-friendly YouTube Partner Channel in March 2013. The channel features hit series and collaborations with such talent as Michael K. Williams, Issa Rae, Deion Sanders, AJ Johnson, Chef Brian Hill, and comedy sketch groups Dormtainment and The Playmakers (www.youtube.com/alrighttv).
Edmonds’ earliest television successes were in reality series production. She executive produced the groundbreaking reality show College Hill, the first African American reality program on BET and its spinoff College Hill Interns, Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown and DMX: Soul of a Mon.
In the scripted television arena, Edmonds produced the serialized version of her hit movie Soul Food, an hour-long dramedy for Showtime Networks, Inc., which ran for five seasons and won multiple NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row.
Edmonds has won numerous awards for her achievements in the industry, including Ebony Magazine’s Outstanding Women In Marketing & Communications Entrepreneur Award (2002); an award from Girls, Inc. (2004) in recognition of her efforts to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold; an honorary doctorate in Business from Southern University (2004); the Volunteers of America Legacy of Leadership Award (2004); the National Organization for Women’s Excellence in Media Award (2005); the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors Diversity Award (2006); and Indiana Black Expo’s Women of Vision Award for Outstanding Work in Film, Television & Business (2014). Always looking to give back to the industry, Edmonds serves on the Board of Governors for the Producers Guild of America (PGA), where she chaired the Guild’s annual Celebration of Diversity gala for three years in a row, and most recently co-chaired the PGA-hosted Produced By Conference two years in a row. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute (AFI); she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and she serves as a Global Ambassador for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that works to fight global poverty. In her role as Ambassador, she is focused on improving global maternal health, with a specific focus on Sierra Leone.
Tracey Edmonds resides in Beverly Hills, California with her two sons, Brandon and Dylan.
She is the daughter of Jacqueline and George McQuarn and sister of Michael McQuarn. Her parents are divorced. Edmonds met Babyface in 1990 when she auditioned for the music video "Whip Appeal." The two married on September 5, 1992 and they have two sons, Brandon and Dylan. On January 7, 2005, she filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
Edmonds exchanged marriage vows with film star Eddie Murphy on January 1, 2008, in a private ceremony on an island off Bora Bora. On January 16, the couple released a statement saying, "After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forgo having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further," and called the Bora Bora wedding a "symbolic union". The two had planned on having a legal ceremony upon their return to the U.S. but did not, and their wedding was never official. Edmonds is now an executive producer of Deion Sanders' OWN reality show Edmonds is also dating Sanders.
- Soul Food (1997)
- Hav Plenty (1997) (executive producer)
- Light It Up (1999)
- Punks (2000)
- Soul Food: The Series (2000–2004) (executive producer)
- Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
- Maniac Magee (2003) (TV) (executive producer)
- College Hill (2004) TV Series (executive producer)
- Robbin Hoodz (2006) (announced) (executive producer)
- Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown (2006) TV Series (executive producer)
- DMX: Soul Of A Man (2006)
- Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is (2006–Present)
- Good Luck Chuck (2007)
- Who's Your Caddy? (2007)
- New in Town (2009)
- Jumping the Broom (2011)
- "Officers, Board Members & Staff – Producers Guild of America". Producersguild.org. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
- "BCSC Alumni/ae". Retrieved August 29, 2007.
- Chu, Lenora, "Changing the Picture: Tracey Edmonds, executive", Stanford Magazine, Stanford University, July/August 2007
- Personal interview with Tracey Edmonds March 2014
- "Babyface's Wife Files for Divorce". Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds Marry – Weddings, Eddie Murphy: People.com.
- "Eddie Murphy, Tracey Edmonds break up: Couple held non-binding wedding ceremony in Bora Bora on New Year's Day". Access Hollywood via MSNBC. January 16, 2008.
- "Tracey Edmonds Defends Her Relationship With Deion Sanders After Her Mom Raises Concerns". Retrieved 19 May 2014.