Tracee Notes – Podcast

Who is?

  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • LA, California (born)
  • October 29- 72
  • legendary recording artist Diana Ross and Robert Ellis Silberstein
  • ALMA – Brown – theatre
  • 2016 – Honorary doctorate from brown


  • Jewish/African-American woman – indie film – Far Harbor
  • The Dish, TV popular culture e.g. E news
  • 1998- former high school track star abused by coach, TV movie Race Against Fear: A Moment of Truth
  • 2000 – bit by the comedic bug – regular performer in the MTV series The Lyricist Lounge Show, variety series e.g SNL – music, drama/comedy sketches


  • 2000- Breakout role – Joan Carol Clayton — neurotic lawyer
  • 4 young African-American women (Toni, Lynn & Maya), and their male best friend (William).
  • 2007/2009 Ross won an NAACP Image Award in the category, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Wrapped in 2009
  • Spinoff 2006 – The Game featured guest star Tia Mowry as Joans cousin Melanie Barnett – medical student with an athlete boyfriend


  • 2007, Ross w/brother Evan Ross and Queen Latifah in the HBO movie Life Support
  • Tyler Perry theatrical movie, Daddy’s Little Girls.
  • 2011, Ross appeared in four episodes of CSI as the estranged wife of Laurence Fishburnes’ character. – blackish TV father-in-law
  • Oct 2011 – Ross starred in new BET sitcom, Reed Between the Lines, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner
  • Third NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress
  • August 2012 – announced not returning for Season Two
  • 2011, – Lifetime film Five directed by Alicia Keys
  • nominations for a NAACP Image Award and Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series
  • 2012, NBC drama pilot Bad Girls


  • 2014, ABC comedy series
  • Anthony Anderson costarring
  • Dr. Rainbow Johnson. Doctor/Mother 4
  • generally positive debut reviews from critics
  • 13 noms – 4 wins inc. two NAACP Image Awards, Critics Choice nom
  • Emmy Award nom for her performance in the series
  • 2016 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • 1st African-American woman since Phylicia Rashad in 1986 for Claire Huxtable – The Cosby Show
  • 2017 – best actress win in comedy/musical tv – golden globe – first since Debbie allen in 1983

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