Tracee Ellis Ross is an actress, comedian, model, producer, and television host. She is best known for her role, Joan Clayton, on the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends for which she received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
Here are some other outstanding facts about actress Tracee Ellis Ross:
1. Born Tracee Joy Silberstein, on October 29, 1972 in Los Angeles, California.
2. Daughter of Motown singer/actress Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein.
3. Attended The Dalton School in Manhattan and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She graduated from Brown University with a theatre degree in 1994.
4. Changed her major to theater at Brown University after a positive experience auditioning for Malcolm X (1992), however, she did not get the role.
5. Worked in the fashion industry as a model and contributing fashion editor to New York Magazine and Mirabella.
6. Made her television host on The Dish, a Lifetime TV magazine series that keeps tabs on popular culture.
7. Began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Blackish, which brought two more NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
8. Awarded an honorary doctorate of fine art (honoris causa) by Brown University in 2015.
9.Ross’s 2016 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series was the first for an African-American woman in that category in 30 years.