Tracee Ellis Ross (Right) as 'Grace Davis'
Tracee Ellis Ross continues to skillfully navigate the entertainment industry as an award-winning actress-producer-creative. Ross can currently be seen starring in Season 6 of ABC’s Emmy®, SAG, NAACP, Critics Choice, Golden Globe nominated and Peabody-winning comedy series Black-ish.
For her role as Rainbow Johnson in the series, as a comedic leading actress, Ross has received numerous individual accolades including winning the Golden Globe Award in 2017 and the NAACP Image Award five times in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020. She also garnered Primetime Emmy® nominations in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Critics Choice Award nominations in 2016 and 2017. Ross was honored by Women in Film in 2017 with the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television and at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon with the Fierce and Fearless Award.
Ross recently executive produced the new ABC series Mixed-ish—the prequel to Black-ish—about Rainbow as a young girl. Season 1 premiered in the Fall of 2019 and has been picked up for a full season. Ross will also star and serve as executive producer in the adult animated comedy, Jodie. Jodie is a series spinoff based on MTV’s iconic Daria franchise in which Ross will voice the title character, Jodie.
Ross serves as the CEO and Founder of PATTERN—a haircare brand she created for the curly, coily and tight-textured masses. The brand also helps support organizations and programs that empower women and people of color. PATTERN launched in early September and sold out of the majority of items within one day. The line is currently available online at patternbeauty.com as well as in ULTA Beauty stores across the U.S. and Ulta.com.
Ross continues to use her voice and vast social influence to advocate for joy, self-acceptance, inclusivity and equity. She is a co-founding signatory of the Time’s Up movement. In April of 2018, Ross opened at the TED Conference. In November 2017, Ross gave a powerful speech that went viral about dismantling expectations and claiming your own life at Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit. Recently, Ross moderated the second stop of Michelle Obama’s book tour in Los Angeles on behalf of her memoir Becoming.
Ross has taken on hosting duties including the announcement of the 2019 Oscar Nominations with Kumail Nanjiani, American Music Awards in both 2017 and 2018, the BET Awards in 2015 and 2016, and she was the recurring host of Black Girls Rock from 2013 until 2016. In December 2017, Ross guest hosted Jimmy Kimmel LIVE where she launched The Handsy Man, a comedic “children’s book” for men about treating human beings with respect.
In 2017, she launched Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney, an original limited-edition capsule collection for the department store that includes women’s apparel, accessories and home decor items. Several pieces sold out within the first few days and #TER4JCP brought a 5% increase of new customers making it one of JCPenney’s most successful capsule launches.
Previously on television, Ross starred on the hit sitcom Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons and earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations with wins in 2007 and 2009. Ross also earned the NAACP Image Award for her work in Reed Between the Lines, which she also produced as well as a NAACP Image Award for her work in Black-ish. Additional television credits include Portlandia, Grown-ish, Broad City, Five, Private Practice, CSI and LIFE Support. Her feature film credits include Hanging Up with Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden, and Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls. Her theatre credits include turns in Love, Loss, and What I Wore on stage in New York and Los Angeles.
Ross was awarded an honorary degree as Doctor of Fine Arts by her Alma mater, Brown University, in 2015.
May 29, 2020