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Tracee Ellis Ross
- Tracee Joy Silberstein
- Los Angeles California
- United States
- Daughter Of Legend Diana Ross; Possessor Of Major League Badunkadunk
Tracee Ellis Ross Biography
Tracee Ellis Ross is daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross and Robert Ellis Silberstein; she is best known for her lead role on the UPN/CW NAACP Image Award and Emmy Award nominated series, Girlfriends.
Tracee Ellis Ross Early life
Born Tracee Joy Silberstien in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Evan Ross is also her brother. Ross attended the Dalton School in Manhattan and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She was a model in her teens.
Tracee 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.
Tracee Ellis Ross Acting Career
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.
Girlfriends, and later parts
Ross' biggest career achievement came when she landed the role of Joan Carol Clayton — a successful (and often neurotic) lawyer looking for love, challenges, and adventure, in the hit UPN/CW series Girlfriends. The series centers on four young African-American women. 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 slso appeared in the 2009 film Labor Pains.
In 2010, she appeared in the TV series Private Practice as a pregnant doctor in episode "War".