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Other names
Tracee Ellis Ross

Years active


Alma mater
Brown University

Tracee Ross

1.70 m

Full Name
Tracee Joy Silberstein

October 29, 1972 (age 51) (
Los Angeles, California, US

Actress, Model, Comedian


Robert Ellis Silberstein, Diana Ross

Evan Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Chudney Ross, Hazel Gordy, Ross Naess, Sherry Gordy

Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, Chico Ross, Wilbert "Ninja" Ross, Fred Ross, Jr.

Movies and TV shows
Black‑ish, Girlfriends, Reed Between the Lines, Daddy's Little Girls, Life Support

Similar People
Diana Ross, Evan Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Anthony Anderson, Chudney Ross


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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 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 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.

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Early life

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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 brother. Her father is a Jewish American and her mother is African-American. 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. She later worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazine.


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Ross made her big screen debut in 1996, playing a Jewish/African-American woman in the independent feature film Far Harbor. Also in 1996, she was featured as one of the ten dancers in the video of the worldwide chart-topping hit Macarena. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

In 2015 Ross was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine art (honoris causa) by Brown University.


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