Fast Facts

  • One of her college friends was singer-musician Duncan Sheik.
  • Worked as a fashion editor for Mirabella and New York magazines.
  • Big TV break came in 1997 when she won the hosting gig for The Dish, a weekly pop-culture magazine on Lifetime.
  • Appeared in two Kanye West videos: "The New Workout Plan" (2004) and "Touch the Sky" (2006).
  • Cites Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball as her idols.
  • Has received eight NAACP Image Award nominations in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy category for her role on Girlfriends; she won twice.
  • Is passionately involved with a number of non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk teens, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Aviva Family and Children's Services in Los Angeles.


  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Diana Ross — Mother
  • Robert Ellis Silberstein — Father
  • Chudney Lane Silberstein — Sister
  • Evan Naess — Half Brother
  • Ross Arne Naess — Half Brother
  • Rhonda Ross Kendrick — Half Sister


  • Brown University, Providence, RI (BA in Theatre Arts, 1994)

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  • Birth Name: Tracee Joy Silberstein
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Birthday: October 29, 1972, Libra
  • Profession: Actor

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