Tracee Ellis Ross

Purpose Driven Life

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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross has been able to make a success of her career by carving an authentic pathway. The daughter of legendary singer, Diana Ross, she's managed to find her own feet in the entertainment industry. Being the child of a superstar likely had its own challenges, but Ross has taken them all in her stride; thanks to her mother's support.  "I've never felt as I was in her shadow. If anything I've felt as if I was in her embrace," Tracee says of her mom.


2000: Tracee stars in her breakout role as attorney Joan Clayton in the hit series Girlfriends.

2007: Her portrayal of Clayton in the successful series earned her a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. 

2009: She won her second NAACP Image Award for her role in Girlfriends.

2014: Tracee landed the role of Dr Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish.

2016: She received three another NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of Dr Johnson and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. This marked the first time an African-American woman had been nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category, in 30 years.

2017: She was one of the co-founder of the #Time'sUp. The legally-backed initiative, which Ross started with the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes and nearly 300 other prominent women in Hollywood aims to protect women who face sexual harassment across the workforce.