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For the soap opera actress and Star Search winner, see Tracey Ross.
Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (Photograph by Christopher Peterson)
Born Tracee Joy Silberstein
October 29, 1972 (1972-10-29) (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Tracee Ellie Ross
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Official website

Tracee Ellis Ross (born October 29, 1972) is an NAACP Image Award winning American actress. She is best known for her lead role on the UPN/CW series, Girlfriends.


Early life

Born Tracee Joy Silberstein 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.

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 [1].


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 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 [2].

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.[3]


Ross in June 2006
Year Film Role Notes
1996 Far Harbor Kiki Credited as Tracee Ellie Ross
1997 Sue Linda Alternative title: Sue Lost in Manhattan
1998 A Fare to Remember
2000 Hanging Up Kim
In the Weeds Caroline
2006 I-See-You.Com Nancy Tanaka
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Cynthia
2009 Labor Pains Kristin
Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Dish Host Unknown episodes
1998 Broken Silence: A Moment of Truth Movie" Kaycee King Television movie
2000 The Lyricist Lounge Show Various roles Unknown episodes
2000-2008 Girlfriends Joan Clayton 172 episodes
2004 Second Time Around Naomi 1 episode
2007 Life Support Tanya Television movie

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
2004 BET Comedy Awards Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Girlfriends
2005 Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2002 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Girlfriends
2007 Won
2008 Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
2009 Nominated Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
(For episode "What's Black-A-Lackin")
Won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
2003 Prism Awards Nominated Performance in a Comedy Series Girlfriends


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