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Also Known As: Tracee Ross, Tracee Joy Silberstein Died:
Born: October 29, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model, TV host, producer, writer, magazine editor

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A tall, wide-eyed, curly-haired versatile performer comfortable working in many different capacities, Tracee Ellis Ross succeeded as a TV host, model, writer and producer, but had a greater drive to pursue acting, building a career as most up and comers do, taking roles in small scale independents despite the legendary status of her mother, singer-actress Diana Ross. Having worked extensively in the fashion industry, working as a model and contributing editor to such publications as Mirabella and New York, Ross made her big screen debut in "Far Harbor" (1996), an independent feature that cast her as a Jewish/African-American mixed race woman. While the character's background was similar to her own, she did, of course, actually have to act in the film and embraced the opportunity to immerse herself in this fictional character, receiving positive reviews for her transformation. The following year she debuted as host of "The Dish," a Lifetime TV magazine series keeping tabs on popular culture. Hosting segments and reviewing various offerings in print, film and television, Ross proved a capable and highly watchable presenter. Her next small screen appearance was in the 1998 NBC movie drama "Race Again...

A tall, wide-eyed, curly-haired versatile performer comfortable working in many different capacities, Tracee Ellis Ross succeeded as a TV host, model, writer and producer, but had a greater drive to pursue acting, building a career as most up and comers do, taking roles in small scale independents despite the legendary status of her mother, singer-actress Diana Ross.

Having worked extensively in the fashion industry, working as a model and contributing editor to such publications as Mirabella and New York, Ross made her big screen debut in "Far Harbor" (1996), an independent feature that cast her as a Jewish/African-American mixed race woman. While the character's background was similar to her own, she did, of course, actually have to act in the film and embraced the opportunity to immerse herself in this fictional character, receiving positive reviews for her transformation. The following year she debuted as host of "The Dish," a Lifetime TV magazine series keeping tabs on popular culture. Hosting segments and reviewing various offerings in print, film and television, Ross proved a capable and highly watchable presenter. Her next small screen appearance was in the 1998 NBC movie drama "Race Again Fear: A Moment of Truth Movie," playing a former high school track star who remained silent about her abuse at the hands of a coach. A role in the odd independent feature "Sue" (1998) predated Ross' first studio film, Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" (2000). Here she played the less-than-effective assistant of Meg Ryan's character. She was used to greater effect in the MTV series "The Lyricist Lounge Show," a hip-hop variety series mixing music, dramatic sketches and comedic skits. Reliable and quick-witted with excellent comic timing, Ross shone in segments pairing her with Heather McDonald, the two playing ridiculously two-faced, back-stabbing girlfriends. More supportive where the titular pals in her next series "Girlfriends" (2000- ), a UPN sitcom centering around four young African-American women. Here she played Joan, a successful lawyer looking for love.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Life Support (2007)
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 Hanging Up (2000) Kim
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 Sue (1997) Linda
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 Far Harbor (1996) Kiki
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 7th Annual Prism Awards (2003) Featuring
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 Intimate Portrait: Famous Families (2003) Interviewee
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Worked as a model and posed for fashion spreads photographed by Herb Ritts and Francesco Scavullo, among others
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Was a contributing fashion editor to <i>Mirabella</i> and <i>New York</i> magazines
1996:
Made feature acting debut in the independent drama "Far Harbor", co-starring Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden
1997:
Hosted the Lifetime magazine series "The Dish", reviewing current pop culture offerings in film, television and print
1998:
Had a supporting role in the NBC TV-movie "Race Against Fear: A Moment of Truth Movie"
1998:
Appeared in the odd independent drama "Sue"
2000:
Cast as Meg Ryan's incompetent assistant in Diane Keaton's comedy feature "Hanging Up"
2000:
Was a regular on MTV's hip-hop variety series "The Lyricist Lounge Show"
2000:
Acted in the festival-screened independent "In the Weeds"
2000:
Starred as a high-powered attorney on the UPN series "Girlfriends"
2007:
Starred in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls"
2011:
Played a psychologist who balances her busy workload with home life on the BET series "Reed Between the Lines"; co-starred with Malcolm-Jamal Warner
2012:
Appeared in the TV movie "Bad Girls"
2014:
Joined the cast of the ABC sitcom "Black-ish"
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Education

Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island -
William Esper Studio: New York , New York -
Riverdale Country School: Bronx , New York -

Notes

Not to be confused with actress Tracey Ross.

Ross on her first film, "Far Harbor": "When I saw the film, I realized that--unlike what you usually hear from actors--I rather enjoyed seeing myself on screen. I don't pretend my acting was perfect, but I'm proud of my work" --quoted to New York's Daily News, November 17, 1996.

"I sincerely hope that before too long there will be a lot more to say about me than 'Tracee Ellis Ross, the daughter of Diana Ross'. Look at Liza Minnelli. There must have been a time in her career when she was only referred to as Judy Garland's daughter. Now she's Liza Minnelli, a huge star in her own right." --quoted in New York's Daily News, November 17, 1996.

Ross on having a famous mother: "You know how people say it unlocks the door? Well, it doesn't. People just sit on the other side of the door, cross their arms and say, 'OK, let's see how she's going to walk in.'" --quoted in Buzz, February 1997.

Ross, who has tried her hand at modeling, TV hosting, writing and producing, on acting: "I am in this for the long haul. This is a career choice. If that takes me to a series, that would be great. I love comedy. The ideal place for me might be in a sitcom. Whatever, I'm going with the flow." --quoted in New York's Daily News, September 7, 1998.

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father:
Robert Ellis Silberstein. Rock promoter.
mother:
Diana Ross. Singer, actor.
half-sister:
Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein. Actor, singer. Born on August 14, 1971; father, Berry Gordy Jr.
sister:
Chudney Lane Silberstein. Born on November 4, 1975.
half-brother:
Ross Arne Naess. Born on October 7, 1987.
half-brother:
Evan Naess. Born c. 1988.
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