Tracee Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross.jpg
Ross at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
BornTracee Joy Silberstein
(1972-10-29) October 29, 1972 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, US
Other namesTracee Ellie Ross
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Website
www.traceeellisross.com
 
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Not to be confused with Tracey Ellis.
For the soap opera actress and Star Search winner, see Tracey Ross.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross.jpg
Ross at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
BornTracee Joy Silberstein
(1972-10-29) October 29, 1972 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, US
Other namesTracee Ellie Ross
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Website
www.traceeellisross.com

Tracee Ellis Ross (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, producer and television host.[1]

The daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross, Ross began her career in the 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 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 in the ABC comedy series, Black-ish.

Early life[edit]

Born Tracee Joy Silberstein in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of legendary 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 and her mother is African-American.[3][4] Ross attended the Dalton School 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.[5] She later worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazine.[6] She also featured in the video of the 1996 dance hit Macarena by Los del Río, as one of the ten female dancers.

Career[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.[5] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Ross in June 2006

In 2007, Ross starred with her brother Evan Ross and Queen Latifah in the HBO movie Life Support,[11] That same year, she appeared in the Tyler Perry theatrical movie, Daddy's Little Girls.[12] She appeared in the 2009 film Labor Pains.[13] In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Private Practice as a pregnant doctor.[14] In 2011, Ross appeared in four episodes of CSI as the estranged wife of Laurence Fishburne's character.[15][16] Ross starred in the sitcom, Reed Between the Lines, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner airing on BET starting in October 2011. In August 2012, it was announced that Tracee Ellis Ross would not return for Season Two.[17] In 2011, she appeared in the Lifetime film Five.[18] In 2012, Ross starred in the NBC drama pilot Bad Girls.[19]

In 2014, Ross was cast in the ABC comedy series, Black-ish, opposite Anthony Anderson.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Far HarborKiki
1997Sue lost in ManhattanLinda
1998Race Against Fear"Kaycee KingTelevision film
1998A Fare to Remember
2000Hanging UpKim
2000In the WeedsCaroline
2006I-See-You.ComNancy Tanaka
2007Life SupportTanyaTelevision film
2007Daddy's Little GirlsCynthia
2009Labor PainsKristin
2011FiveAlyssaTelevision film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000The Lyricist Lounge ShowVarious roles
2000–2008GirlfriendsJoan ClaytonSeries regular, 172 episodes
2004Second Time AroundNaomiEpisode: "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss"
2010Private PracticeEllenEpisode: "War"
2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGloria ParkesRecurring role, 4 episodes
2011Reed Between the LinesDr. Carla ReedSeries regular, 25 episodes
2012Bad GirlsRachelTV pilot
2014-presentBlack-ishRainbow JohnsonSeries regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2002NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2003Prism AwardBest Performance in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2003NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2004BET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2004NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2005BET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsWon
2005NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2006NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2007NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsWon
2008NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2009NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Directing in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsNominated
2009NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesGirlfriendsWon
2012NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialFiveNominated
2012NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesReed Between the LinesWon
2012Black Reel AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesFiveNominated
2012NAMIC Vision AwardOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesReed Between the LinesNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sweet, Lynn (2011-03-28). "Michelle Obama books stars to mentor: Hilary Swank, Geena Davis, Anna Deavere Smith, Michelle Kwan - Lynn Sweet". Blogs.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Diana Ross opens up on 'Oprah' show | detnews.com | The Detroit News". detnews.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  3. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (2011-10-11). "Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner Talk 'Reed Between the Lines'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ "Joanne Weintraub". 
  5. ^ a b "Tracee Ellis Ross Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ Christian, Margena A. (2006-04-17). "Tracee Ellis Ross: 'Girlfriends' TV star takes center stage her way". Jet. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (8 September 1998). "Ross' daughter still auditions". Rochester Sentinel. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "UPN'S GIRLFRIENDS TRIES TO SURVIVE". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Feb 25, 2001. 
  9. ^ "CW's 'Girlfriends' to End After 8 Years - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment". FOXNews.com. 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2011-04-08. [dead link]
  10. ^ Hite, N'Neka (2009-02-12). "'Bees' big at NAACP Image Awards". variety.com. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  11. ^ Hale, Mike (March 4, 2007). "The Week Ahead: March 4–10 > Television". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  12. ^ 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". Boston.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  13. ^ Retrieved 2009-04-02
  14. ^ "Private Practice: War Episode Summary on". Tv.com. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ "CSI – LOST’S L. Scott Caldwell to Guest Star". Bscreview.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  17. ^ "It's Official - Tracee Ellis Ross Leaves BET's 'Reed Between The Lines'|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (2011-07-27). "Lifetime's 'Five' gets a premiere date, Roseanne makes a press tour cameo". Zap2it. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  19. ^ "Tracee Ellis Ross To Star In NBC Prison Drama Pilot "Bad Girls"|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Tracee Ellis Ross To Co-Star In Anthony Anderson Pilot; Ricky Blitt Pilot Adds One". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  21. ^ "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. 

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