Tracee Ellis Ross Biography
Tracee Ellis Ross born Tracee Joy Silberstein, is an American actress, model, comedian, and TV host from Los Angeles, California. She is best known for appearing as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish since 2014.
Ross attended Riverdale Country School in the Bronx and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She also went to Brown University, where she appeared in plays, and graduated in 1994 with a theatre degree. She is now Dr. Tracee Ellis Ross, thanks to an honorary doctorate from the University.
Tracee Ellis is a star on the ABC comedy series “black-ish,”. For her role, Ross won the 2015 and 2016 NAACP Image Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series”. In 2016, Ross was nominated for an Emmy for Best Actress, Comedy, for her work on “black-ish“, making her the first black woman in 30 years to garner a nomination in the category and only 1 in 5 all-time.
She is also known as the star of the hit sitcom “Girlfriends” that ran for eight seasons on The UPN/CW network. Her role on the series earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations including two wins, one in 2007 and another in 2009, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also starred in and produced the BET series “Reed Between the Lines,” opposite Malcolm-Jamal Warner, which won her a third NAACP Image Award.
Ross was also seen in the short film series “FIVE,” a collection of 5 short films which aired on Lifetime in October 2011. She appeared in “Lili,” directed by Alicia Keys and produced by Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Hahn, Paula Wagner, Marta Kaufman, Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy.
Other credits include turns in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” on stage in New York and LA; guest starring roles on ABC’s “Private Practice,” CBS’ hit crime drama “CSI” opposite Laurence Fishburne, and HBO’s “LIFE Support” with Queen Latifah and feature films “Hanging Up” with Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden, and Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” with Gabrielle Union.
In Spring 2016, Ross returned to the BET Network to host the popular award show, Black Girls Rock, for the fifth televised installment, and also co-hosted the BET Awards with her “black-ish” co-star Anthony Anderson for the second time.
As a motivational speaker, Tracee teaches “Tapping Into Your Creative Well”, a workshop she created that encourages participants to discover and utilize their inner joy to keep their lives on course. She is also a volunteer intent on making a difference in the lives of teenage girls. She works closely with Aviva Family and Children Services in Los Angeles and The Big Brother Big Sister Program, where she has held self-esteem workshops nationwide.
In 2004, Ross was honored by The Los Angeles Urban League as “Volunteer of the Year” and was the 2009 recipient of the Impact Award from the Aviva Organization.
Tracee Ellis Ross Age – How Old Is Tracee Ellis Ross
The Blackish star was born on October 29, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, United States. She is 46 years old as of 2018.
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Tracee Ellis Ross Parents – Tracee Ellis Ross Father – Tracee Ellis Ross Dad
Tracee is the eldest daughter of Robert Ellis Silberstein, an American music executive and legendary Motown recording artist Diana Ross. Her father is Jewish-American while her mother is African-American.
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Tracee Ellis Ross is not married and regarded as one of the talented and good looking actresses. She usually doesn’t talk about her private life in the media and public. She prefers people focusing on her work. During Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit in 2017, Tracee spoke and denounced the cultural pressure on women to couple up and trot out some tots. She said, “It’s really interesting to be a woman and to get to 45 and not be married and not have kids”.
Tracee Ellis Ross Children – Tracee Ellis Ross Kids
She has no children. Her character, Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on the ABC Sitcom “Black-ish” is a mother of five kids.
Tracee Ellis Ross Girlfriends TV Show
Ross caught her big break and got a real taste of success, snagging the part of Joan Clayton on the TV series Girlfriends. The sitcom was a success, and the weekly exposure helped Tracee get more movie roles. But TV would become her focus, and Girlfriends kept her busy for nearly the entire decade across more than 170 episodes.
Besides being a ratings hit and launch pad for Ross’s career, Girlfriends brought a slew of critical attention to the actress’s doorstep in the form of seven NAACP Image Award nominations and two wins (2007 and 2009, both for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series) and a BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2005).
In the midst of Girlfriends’s long run, Ross managed to squeeze in some film work as well, including Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), with Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union, and Labor Pains, featuring Lindsay Lohan (2011).
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Tracee Ellis Ross Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $10 million dollars.
Tracee Ellis Ross Awards
Tracee Ellis Ross won the NAACP Award twice for her performance in ‘Girlfriends’ in the category Outstanding Actress in Comedy Series for the years 2007 and 2009. In 2005, she won the BET Award in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Joan Clayton in the popular series ‘Girlfriends’.
In 2012, she won a NAACP Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in Comedy Series’ for her role as Dr. Carla Reed in the series ‘Reed Between the Lines’. In 2015 and 2016, she won the NAACP Award in the category Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in ‘Black-ish’.
In 2017, she won the Golden Globe Award for the category Best Actress-Television Series Musical or Comedy for her performance as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the hit series ‘Black-ish.’
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Tracee Ellis Ross Interview with GLAMOUR
GLAMOUR: In 2017, you became the first black woman in more than 30 years to win the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy and you got an Emmy nod. You just got nominated for a 2018 NAACP Image Award. What do those wins and nods mean to you?
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS: There’s the personal gratification: I have dreamt of moments like these since I was a little girl, accepting my Oscar in the mirror. So it’s a dream come true. Oh my God, I made it. Pinch me. But what has been way more impactful for me is the larger meaning…. When another woman or another woman of color has a win, I feel like it’s my win. I feel like it’s a ceiling breaking open. And so the nominations, even the win, really feels like it’s not mine. It’s like something becomes more possible.
GLAMOUR: Let’s talk about Black-ish: There’s so much to Bow as a character, and that’s still rare for a sitcom wife.
TER: It is, and Black-ish is told through [Bow’s husband] Dre’s eyes, so it is very traditional in that sense. But I am not wife wallpaper in his world. The tendency, in the old paradigm of how you look at a sitcom wife, is to say, “Isn’t it incredible that she’s also a doctor?” And it’s like, No, what’s incredible about her is that she’s a doctor, wife, mother, person—at any given point she can be any of those things. She’s very fully-formed.
And I am constantly asking questions of the writers: Why? Why am I doing—I coined it as lady chores—why is it that I am making lunches, and Dre is not making lunches? Why am I carrying laundry? Can I not come out of the laundry room, and come in from work? Can I have a wine glass instead of be stirring soup? The writers—we have almost 50 percent female writers—they are so attuned to Bow. There is no one consciously attempting to give me lady chores, but sometimes [it happens] unconsciously. Anthony [Anderson, who plays Dre] will be like, “Let’s switch; let me take a lady chore.” I would say that eight out of 10 times, it gets changed. Sometimes it doesn’t work for the story…and you know what? I have no problem [then]. I do laundry, I wash dishes, I make food as a human being.
GLAMOUR: That’s true. As long as that’s not the only thing you see Bow do. How does it feel to play a character whose lived experience is so different from your own? She is married with five kids!
TER: It is fun, and sometimes it feels like it steals certain experiences from me. I’ve never been pregnant. As I said in my Women of the Year Summit speech, “It’s really interesting to be a woman and to get to 45, and not be married and not have kids. Especially when you have just pushed out your fifth kid on TV.” And to have spent an entire season pregnant! …On the other hand, it feels very natural: I am very mothering. Whether I end up having children or not, I will always be a very mothering person.
GLAMOUR: You recently hosted the American Music Awards, where your mom received the Lifetime Achievement Award. I loved seeing her perform on that stage at 73. What was that like for you?
TER: The Diana Ross we all know kind of doesn’t hold a candle to the mom that I have, in her extraordinary ability to love. What was most impactful about that moment to me was that my mother was receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for her career, and the most important thing to my mom was to have her entire family onstage with her. My mom had my nieces and nephews—her grandchildren—dancing around her. Whenever we go see her show, that’s what happens. That’s the way I grew up, dancing onstage while my mom was singing. Just like walking on the stage and tapping her on the butt, and like, “Mom, Mom.” My mom holds her family and a career and nourishes both things.
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