Tracee Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross.jpg
Ross 2007
Born Tracee Joy Silberstein
(1972-10-29) October 29, 1972 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Actress, model, comedian, television host, activist
Years active 1996–present
Parent(s) Robert Ellis Silberstein
Diana Ross
Relatives Rhonda Ross Kendrick (maternal half-sister)
Evan Ross (maternal half-brother)
Website traceeellisross.com

Tracee Ellis Ross (born Tracee Joy Silberstein; October 29, 1972) is an American actress, model, comedian, director and television host, best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton in the comedy series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the comedy series Black-ish (2014–present).[1]

The daughter of actress and Motown recording artist Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein, Ross began her career acting in independent films and variety series. She hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 to 2008, she played the starring role of Joan Clayton in the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends, for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also has appeared in the films Hanging Up (2000), I-See-You.Com (2006), and Daddy's Little Girls (2007), before returning to television playing Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines (2011), for which she received her third NAACP Image Award.

Since 2014, Ross has played the starring role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. Her work on the series has earned her three NAACP Image Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She has also received nominations for two Critics' Choice Television Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Born Tracee Joy Silberstein in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of Motown singer/actress Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Actor and musician Evan Ross is her half-brother.[2] Her father is Jewish,[3][4][5] whereas her mother is African-American.[6][7]

Ross attended The Dalton School in Manhattan, Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She was a model in her teens. She attended Brown University, where she appeared in plays, and graduated in 1994 with a theatre degree.[8] She later worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazines.[9]

Career[edit]

Early works[edit]

Ross made her big screen debut in 1996, playing a Jewish/African-American woman in the independent feature film Far Harbor. The following year, she debuted as host of The Dish, a Lifetime TV magazine series keeping tabs on popular culture.[8] In 1998, she starred as a former high school track star who remained silent about having been abused at the hands of a coach, in the NBC made-for-TV movie Race Against Fear: A Moment of Truth.[10] Her next role was an independent feature film, Sue. In 2000, she landed her first major studio role in Diane Keaton's Hanging Up. The same year, she broke into comedy as a regular performer in the MTV series The Lyricist Lounge Show, a hip-hop variety series mixing music, dramatic sketches, and comedic skits.[11]

2000–2013: Girlfriends and later roles[edit]

Ross's biggest career achievement came when she landed the lead role in the hit UPN/CW series Girlfriends in which she starred as the show's main protagonist Joan Carol Clayton — a successful (and often neurotic) lawyer looking for love, challenges, and adventure. The series centered on four (later three) young African-American women, and their male best friend.[12] In 2007, Ross won an NAACP Image Award in the category, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on the series. She won a second Image Award for the role in 2009.[13] In 2007, Ross starred with her brother Evan Ross and Queen Latifah in the HBO movie Life Support,[14] That same year, she appeared in the Tyler Perry theatrical movie, Daddy's Little Girls.[15] She appeared in the 2009 film Labor Pains.[16] In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Private Practice as a pregnant doctor.[17] In 2011, Ross appeared in four episodes of CSI as the estranged wife of Laurence Fishburne's character.[18][19] Ross starred in the sitcom, Reed Between the Lines, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner airing on BET starting in October 2011. She won a third NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012 for her performance in the series. In August 2012, it was announced that Ross would not return for Season Two.[20] In 2011, she appeared in the Lifetime film Five directed by Alicia Keys.[21] The performance in film earned her nominations for a NAACP Image Award and Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series. In 2012, Ross starred in the NBC drama pilot Bad Girls.[22]

2014–present : Black-ish and mainstream success[edit]

Jonathan Groff, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Kenya Barris at the 75th Annual Peabody Awards for black-ish

In 2014, Ross was cast in the ABC comedy series, Black-ish, opposite Anthony Anderson.[23][24] She plays the female lead role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson. The series debuted with generally positive reviews from critics.[25] Ross received three NAACP Image Awards and received nominations for two Critics' Choice Television Awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance in the series.[26] Ross's 2016 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series was the first for an African-American woman in that category in 30 years.[27] In 2015, Ross was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine art (honoris causa) by Brown University.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Far Harbor Kiki
1997 Sue Linda
1999 A Fare To Remember Jane
2000 Hanging Up Kim
2000 In the Weeds Caroline
2006 I-See-You.Com Nancy Tanaka
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Cynthia
2009 Labor Pains Kristin

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Broken Silence Kaycee King Television film
2000 The Lyricist Lounge Show Various roles 1 episode
2000–2008 Girlfriends Joan Clayton Series regular, 172 episodes
2004 Second Time Around Naomi Episode: "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss"
2007 Life Support Tanya Television film
2010 Private Practice Ellen Episode: "War"
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gloria Parkes Recurring role, 4 episodes
2011 Reed Between the Lines Dr. Carla Reed Series regular, 25 episodes
2011 Five Alyssa Television film; segment "Lili"
2012 Bad Girls Rachel Unsold pilot
2014–present Black-ish Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson Series regular
2016 Broad City Winona Episode: "Jews on a Plane"
2017 The Gong Show Herself/Judge Panel 1 episode
2018 Grown-ish Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson Episode: "Cashin' out"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Girlfriends Nominated
2003 Prism Award Best Performance in a Comedy Series Nominated
2003 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2005 BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Won
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2008 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2012 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Five Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Reed Between the Lines Won
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Five Nominated
NAMIC Vision Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Reed Between the Lines Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Black-ish Won
BET Awards Best Actress Nominated
EWwy Awards Best Actress, Comedy[29] Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series[30] Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series[31] Won
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series[32] Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy[33] Nominated
BET Awards Best Actress Nominated
2017 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series[34] Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series[35] Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Won

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