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Tracee Ellis Ross Biography

Birth Name:
Tracee Joy Silberstein
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor

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

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated

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