Tracee Ellis Ross
|Tracee Ellis Ross|
Ross at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards
|Born||Tracee Joy Silberstein
October 29, 1972
Los Angeles, California, US
|Other names||Tracee Ellis Ross|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Occupation||Actress, Model, Comedian|
|Parent(s)||Diana Ross, Robert Ellis Silberstein|
Tracee Ellis Ross (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, model, comedian, producer and television host.
The daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross, Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety series and hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. She is best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends. She starred in the show from 2000 to 2008. She starred in the 2007 comedy-drama film Daddy's Little Girls, and in 2011 had a leading role as Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines. In 2014, Ross began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish.
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. Her father is a Jewish American and her mother is African-American. Ross attended New Walden Lincoln in Manhattan 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. She later worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazine.
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. 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. 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.
Ross' 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. 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.
In 2007, Ross starred with her brother Evan Ross and Queen Latifah in the HBO movie Life Support, That same year, she appeared in the Tyler Perry theatrical movie, Daddy's Little Girls. She appeared in the 2009 film Labor Pains. In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Private Practice as a pregnant doctor. In 2011, Ross appeared in four episodes of CSI as the estranged wife of Laurence Fishburne's character. 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. In 2011, she appeared in the Lifetime film Five directed by Alicia Keys. 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.
In 2014, Ross was cast in the ABC comedy series, Black-ish, opposite Anthony Anderson. She plays the female lead role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson. The series debuted with generally positive reviews from critics. Ross received another NAACP Image Award for her performance in series.
|1997||Sue Lost in Manhattan||Linda|
|1998||Race Against Fear"||Kaycee King||Television film|
|1998||A Fare to Remember|
|2000||In the Weeds||Caroline|
|2007||Life Support||Tanya||Television film|
|2007||Daddy's Little Girls||Cynthia|
|2000||The Lyricist Lounge Show||Various roles|
|2000–2008||Girlfriends||Joan Clayton||Series regular, 172 episodes|
|2004||Second Time Around||Naomi||Episode: "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss"|
|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|
|2012||Bad Girls||Rachel||TV pilot|
|2014–present||Black-ish||Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson||Series regular|
Awards and nominations
|2002||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2003||Prism Award||Best Performance in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2003||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2004||BET Comedy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2004||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2005||BET Comedy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Won|
|2005||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2006||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2007||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Won|
|2008||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2009||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Nominated|
|2009||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Girlfriends||Won|
|2012||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special||Five||Nominated|
|2012||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Reed Between the Lines||Won|
|2012||Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series||Five||Nominated|
|2012||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|
|2015||BET Awards||Best Actress||Black-ish'||Nominated|
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- "UPN'S GIRLFRIENDS TRIES TO SURVIVE". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Feb 25, 2001.
- "CW's 'Girlfriends' to End After 8 Years". FOXNews.com. 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2011-04-08.[dead link]
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- Hale, Mike (March 4, 2007). "The Week Ahead: March 4–10 > Television". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
- Morris, Wesley (2007-02-15). "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls Movie Review - Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls Movie Trailer". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Retrieved 2009-04-02
- "Private Practice: War Episode Summary on". Tv.com. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- "CSI "All That Cremains" Season 11 Episode 14 Photos With Tracee Ellis Ross | Daemon's TV". Daemonstv.com. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- "CSI – LOST’S L. Scott Caldwell to Guest Star". Bscreview.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- "It's Official - Tracee Ellis Ross Leaves BET's 'Reed Between The Lines'|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
- Porter, Rick (2011-07-27). "Lifetime's 'Five' gets a premiere date, Roseanne makes a press tour cameo". Zap2it. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
- "Tracee Ellis Ross To Star In NBC Prison Drama Pilot "Bad Girls"|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Tracee Ellis Ross To Co-Star In Anthony Anderson Pilot; Ricky Blitt Pilot Adds One". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "Tracee Ellis Ross Will Play Anthony Anderson's Wife In ABC's Kenya Barris Pilot, 'Black-ish'|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "Black-ish : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- Variety Staff. "‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)". Variety. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- "Brown awards six honorary doctorates: Tracee Ellis Ross, Doctor of Fine Arts", Brown University, May 24, 2015.
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