A Renowned Television Personality
Tracee Ellis Ross is an actress, model, comedian and television host.
She is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC
comedy series Black-ish.
She began her acting career in independent films and variety series. She then hosted the pop culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 to 2008, Ross played the leading role in the UPN/CW comedy series, Girlfriends. For this role, she received two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress In a Comedy Series. She later acted in films like Hanging Up, I See You.com and Daddys Little Girls. Afterwards, she returned to television, playing on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines. She was presented with another NAACP Image Award.
Rosss role on Black-ish earned her three more NAACP Image Awards for
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She has been has been nominated
for a Critics Choice Television Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. In
2017, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television
Series Musical or Comedy.
Ross was a model in her teens. She went to Brown University where she
appeared in plays. After graduating with a theatre degree, she worked in
the fashion industry as a model and contributing fashion editor to
Mirabella and New York magazines. She made her big screen debut in 1996
in the independent feature film Far Harbor. Two years later, she acted
in the NBC made-for-TV movie Race Against Fear: A Moment of Truth. Her
next role was in the feature film Sue.
Ross landed her first major studio role in Diane Keatons Hanging Up.
During the same year, as ventured 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.
Her most significant career accomplishment came when she landed the lead
role in the hit UPN/CW series Girlfriends. She starred as the shows
main protagonist and won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in
a Comedy Series.
In 2007, she acted in the HBO movie Life Support. She appeared in the
2009 film Labor Pains and in an episode of Private Practice. In 2011,
she made an appearance in four episodes of CSI. For her role in the
sitcom Read Between the Lines, Ross won a third award for Outstanding
Actress in a Comedy Series.
In 2011, she acted in the Lifetime film Five, which was directed by
Alicia Keys. Her performance in the film earned her nominations for
Black Reel Awards and NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a
Television Movie or Miniseries. A year later, Ross starred in the NBC
drama pilot Bad Girls.
For her female lead role in Black-ish, Ross was nominated for
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which was a first for an
African-American woman in that category in 30 years.
In 201, Ross was presented an honorary doctorate of fine arts by Brown University.
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