Alan Douglas Ruck is an American actor. He played Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller's hypochondriac best friend in John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Stuart Bondek, a lecherous, power-hungry member of the mayor's staff in the ABC sitcom Spin City, his other notable films include Bad Boys, Three Fugitives, Young Guns II, Speed and Kickin' It Old Skool. In 2016, he co-starred with Geena Davis in an updated Fox TV adaptation of William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel The Exorcist. Ruck was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a schoolteacher mother and a father who worked for a pharmaceutical company, he attended Parma Senior High School located in Parma and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B. F. A. in drama in 1979. He recalled: After school, I went up to Chicago, because I didn't know anybody in New York or Los Angeles, I knew people who were doing plays in Chicago. So I went up there, I knocked around a little bit, and I guess about a year after I was out of school, I got my first job. Ruck made his Broadway debut in 1985 in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick.
Early on, Ruck was a prominent stage actor at many theaters around the country, including Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago. In his initial foray into film acting, Ruck appeared in Class and Hard Knocks as well as some television films. Ruck's first film role was in the 1983 drama film Bad Boys, where he played Carl Brennan, Sean Penn's friend in the film; the same year he played Roger Jackson in Class, with his role as Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller's hypochondriac best friend in John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off coming three years later. One of his other film roles was in the 1987 film Three for the Road. Ruck appeared in the 1989 comedy film Three Fugitives. Following that, he played a significant role as Hendry William French in Young Guns II, the 1990 sequel to Young Guns, he played Captain John Harriman of the USS Enterprise-B in the 1994 film, Star Trek Generations, a role which he has reprised along with Generations co-star Walter Koenig and other Trek alumni in the fan film Of Gods and Men.
Alan played an annoying tourist named Doug Stephens on an ill-fated bus in the blockbuster Speed. Another supporting role was of the eccentric storm chaser Robert'Rabbit' Nurick in the 1996 disaster film Twister. From 1990 to 1991, Ruck starred in the ABC series Going Places. ABC canceled the series after one season, he appeared in the series Daddy's Girls in 1994, canceled after three episodes. From 1996 to 2002, Alan played Stuart Bondek in the sitcom Spin City alongside Michael J. Fox and Charlie Sheen. In 2005, he played Leo Bloom in the Broadway version of Mel Brooks' The Producers, a role played by his Ferris Bueller co-star, Matthew Broderick. Ruck was cast in the pilot of the Tim Minear-created Fox Network series Drive, but did not appear in the actual series, he starred in one episode of the Comedy Central sitcom Stella as Richard, a man looking for work. He starred in the season two Scrubs episode "My Lucky Day" as a patient, played reporter Steve Jacobson on the ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning.
In 1998, Ruck guest starred in the fifth episode of the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as the NASA engineer Tom Dolan. In 2006, Ruck guest starred in a single episode of Stargate Atlantis called "The Real World" and, in 2007, as unscrupulous property developer Albert Bunford in an episode of Medium. In the 2007 comedy Kickin' It Old Skool, he appears as Dr. Frye, a possible connection to Cameron Frye. Ruck played the part of a ghost of a family man in the 2008 film Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervais. In 2009, he had a minor role as a married man named Frank in an episode of Cougar Town. In his role, he has problems with his marriage due to a crush he had long ago on Jules, played by Courteney Cox. Ruck has a small role in the 2008 M. Night Shyamalan film, The Happening, he played the role of Dean Bowman in the college fraternity drama, Greek. He appeared in a guest role as a manic geologist in an episode of Eureka. Additionally, he plays Mr. Cooverman in Beth Cooper. In 2009, Ruck filmed the medical drama Extraordinary Measures in Portland, with star Harrison Ford.
Ruck appeared as a bank robber in a season three episode of the USA Network series Psych, as a lawyer in season five of the ABC series Boston Legal. He guest starred as Martin, a magazine reporter, on an episode of Ruby & the Rockits entitled "We Are Family?". In 2010, Ruck was cast as a lead character in Persons Unknown, he guest-starred on the television show Fringe as a scientist turned criminal, in the NCIS: Los Angeles season two episode "Borderline", guest-starred as ex-money laundering accountant turned dentist, on an episode of Justified entitled "Long in the Tooth". He appeared in the Grey's Anatomy season five episode "In The Midnight Hour". In 2012, Ruck was cast in the ABC Family series Bunheads as the husband to Sutton Foster's character, Michelle. In 2013, he appeared in NCIS, guest-starring in the season 11 episode, "Gut Check". In autumn 2016, Ruck began a 10-episode run as Henry Rance, the husband of Angela Rance, better known as the adult Regan MacNeil, the tortured girl, possessed by a demon in the 1973 hit film The Exorcist.
This Fox TV adaptation is "inspired by" the 1971 William Peter Blatty best-selling novel. In this update, the demon that tortured Regan/Angela as a
Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and philanthropist. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001; the album was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was a critical and commercial success, spawning successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", "Diary", selling eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards, her duet "My Boo" with Usher became her second number-one single in 2004. Keys released her first live album and became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.
Her third album, As I Am, produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One", selling 5 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards. In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin' Aces. She, along with Jack White, recorded "Another Way To Die", her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, became her first chart-topping album in the UK, sold 4 million copies worldwide. In 2009, Keys collaborated with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind", which became her fourth number-one single and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Girl on Fire was her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track, won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. In 2013, VH1 Storytellers was released as her second live album, her sixth studio album, became her seventh US R&B/Hip-Hop chart topping album. Keys has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including 15 competitive Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Music Publishers Association.
She has sold over 65 million records worldwide. Considered a musical icon, Keys was named by Billboard the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Women in Music lists, while Time has named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is acclaimed for her humanitarian work and activism, she co-founded and is the Global Ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive. Alicia Augello Cook was born on January 25, 1981, in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City's Manhattan borough, she is the only child of Teresa, a paralegal and part-time actress, one of three children of Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Keys' father is African her mother is of Sicilian and either Scottish or Irish descent. Named after her Puerto Rican godmother, Keys expressed that she was comfortable with her multiracial heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures".
Keys' father left when she was two and she was subsequently raised by her mother during her formative years in Hell's Kitchen. Keys said her parents never had a relationship, her father was not in her life. Although she did not like to speak about her father in order to not feed stereotypes, Keys remarked in 2001: "I'm not in contact with him. That's fine; when I was younger, I minded about that. Made me angry, but it helped show me what a strong woman my mother was, made me want to be strong like her. It was better for me this way." Keys and her mother lived in a one-room apartment. Her mother worked three jobs to provide for Keys, who "learned how to survive" from her mother's example of tenacity and self-reliance. From a young age, Keys struggled with self-esteem issues, "hiding" little by little when her differences made her vulnerable to judgement, uninvited sexual attention. Living in the rough neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, she was, from an early age exposed to street violence, drugs and subjected to sexual propositions in the sex trade- and crime-riddled area.
"I saw a variety of people growing up, lifestyles and highs. I think it makes you realise right away what you want and what you don't want", Keys said. Keys recalled feeling fearful early on of the "animal instinct" she witnessed, feeling "high" due to recurrent harassment, her experiences in the streets had led her to carry a homemade knife for protection. She became wary guarded, she began wearing gender-neutral clothing and what would become her trademark cornrows. Keys explained that she is grateful for growing up where she did as it prepared her for the parallels in the music industry as she was a teenager starting out, she credits her "tough" mother for anchoring her on a right path as opposed to many people she knew who ended up on the wrong path and in jail. Keys attributed her unusual maturity as a young girl to her mother, who depended on her to be responsible while she worked to provide for them and give Keys as many opportunities as possible. Keys loved singing from early childhood.
She recalled her mother playing jazz records of artists like Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Sunday mornings, early musical moments Keys considers i
Paula Wagner is an American film producer and film executive. She sits on the National Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America. Wagner was born Paula Sue Kauffman in Ohio, her mother, Sue Anna, was a news magazine editor from Oklahoma, her father, Edmund Jamison "Ned" Kauffman, Jr. was a business owner. She attended college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. In her early career in New York, Wagner "played several ensemble parts in the 1971 production of Lenny, her first marriage, to the set designer Robin Wagner, brought her into the industry’s A-list circles. Wagner was a talent agent at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, spending 15 years representing some of the top Hollywood actors, including Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Val Kilmer, Demi Moore, Liam Neeson, Robert Towne, Kathryn Bigelow. In 1993, she launched Cruise/Wagner Productions with her former CAA client Tom Cruise. For the next 13 years and she produced a wide range of films that earned numerous awards, widespread critical praise, global box office success.
The first film released under the C/W banner was the international hit Mission: Impossible, the success of which brought the company the 1997 Nova Award for Most Promising Producers in Theatrical Motion Pictures. C/W went on to produce such films as The Others, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, Without Limits, Shattered Glass, Narc and Ask the Dust, as well as Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. C/W was responsible for the original Mission: Impossible film trilogy. In all, films produced by C/W earned more than $3 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Wagner was co-owner of United Artists Pictures, she was the company's chief executive officer from 2006 to 2008. During her tenure, Wagner orchestrated relationships with some of the top talents in the business, including Oscar-winning screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie, Paul Haggis, Steven Zaillian, Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro. UA released the Robert Redford political thriller Lions for Lambs and the World War II thriller Valkyrie, directed by Bryan Singer and starring Cruise.
She continues to work as a film studio executive. She develops films and television through her production company Chestnut Ridge Productions. One of its projects is the Broadway theatrical production of The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn and directed by Moisés Kaufman, she produced the Broadway premiere of Craig Wright’s acclaimed play Grace, directed by Dexter Bullard and starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington, Ed Asner. The show opened October 2012, at the Cort Theatre. For television, she was an executive producer of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Lifetime original movie FIVE. Prior to her career as an agent and producer, Wagner was an actress, she was a member of the Yale Repertory Theatre. She is a published playwright, co-authoring the play Out of Our Father's House. Wagner serves on the Board of the National Film Preservation Foundation through the Library of Congress, Film Forum in New York and Carnegie Mellon University, where she received her degree and is an adjunct faculty member in the Master in Entertainment Industry Management program through the Heinz College.
Wagner is a member of the American Cinematheque's Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the UCLA’s School of Theater and Television. Wagner will teach a course at UCLA School of Theater and Television titled “Stage to Screen”, she is an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Wagner has lectured in the US and abroad, including at University of Southern California Film School and New York University Film Schools, Youngstown State University Business School, the American Film Institute, the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, the Harvard Business School, DePaul University, she was a commencement speaker for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a keynote speaker of the Toronto International Film Festival. Wagner was honored by Premiere magazine with the Women in Hollywood Icon Award in 2001; the following year she was featured in Bravo's Women on Top, a documentary which profiled exceptional women in entertainment.
In 2004, Cruise and she were honored by Daily Variety as Billion-Dollar Producers. That same year and Cruise received the UCLA/Producers Guild of America Vision Award. In 2006, Wagner received the Sherry Lansing Award from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, she was the recipient of the Excellence in Producing Award at the Sarasota Film Festival and served as the president of the First-Time Directors Jury at the Venice Film Festival. In 2008, Wagner was honored by the Costume Designers Guild with its Swarovski President's Award, in 2011, she earned the Chicago International Film Festival’s Renaissance Award. In 2012, Wagner was honored at the 38th Deauville American Film Festival, which ran from August 31 to September 9 in Normandy, France. In 2012, Wagner executive produced Tony-nominated The Heiress and in 2014, Mothers and Sons, nominated for best new play. Paula Wagner on IMDb
Patricia Davies Clarkson is an American actress. She has starred in numerous leading and supporting roles in a variety of films, ranging from independent features to major studio productions, her accolades include one Academy Award nomination, two Golden Globe Award nominations, four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one Tony Award nomination, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two National Society of Film Critics Awards, one British Independent Film Award. Born and raised in New Orleans to a politician mother and school administrator father, Clarkson earned a degree in drama from Fordham University before attending the Yale School of Drama, where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree, she made her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's mob drama The Untouchables, followed by a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's The Dead Pool. After appearing in numerous minor roles in the early and mid-1990s, she garnered critical attention for her portrayal of a drug-addicted actress in the independent drama High Art.
Clarkson went on to appear in numerous supporting roles in such films as The Green Mile, The Pledge, Dogville. She garnered further critical acclaim in 2003 for her performances in the drama films The Station Agent, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, Pieces of April, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Clarkson appeared as a recurring guest star on the HBO series Six Feet Under from 2002 to 2006, won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance. Other credits from the 2000s include Good Night, Good Luck and the Real Girl, Elegy. In 2010, Clarkson had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island, followed by roles in the mainstream comedies Easy A and Friends with Benefits, she subsequently portrayed the villainous Ava Paige in its two sequels. She returned to theater in 2014, playing the role of Madge Kendal in a Broadway production of The Elephant Man, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.
In 2017, she won a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Sally Potter's drama The Party, guest-starred on the Netflix series House of Cards. She co-starred with Amy Adams on the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects in 2018, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. Clarkson was born in New Orleans, the daughter of Jackie Clarkson, a New Orleans politician and councilwoman, Arthur "Buzz" Clarkson, a school administrator who worked at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, she is one of five sisters. She was raised on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. From 1977 to 1979, Clarkson studied speech pathology at Louisiana State University before deciding she wanted to pursue a drama degree. In 1980, she transferred to Fordham University in New York City to enroll in their undergraduate acting program, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1982, she earned her Master of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1985.
After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Clarkson was cast in a 1986 Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves as a replacement in the role of Corrinna Stroller. The following year, she made her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, portraying Catherine Ness, the wife of US Treasury Prohibition agent Elliott Ness. Clarkson stated she was financially struggling during this time and was paying student loans, that De Palma expanded her role in the film as she only had several days' worth of shooting; the next year, she was cast in Clint Eastwood's The Dead Pool, the fifth installment in the Dirty Harry film series. In 1989, she returned to Broadway portraying a Wall Street investment counselor whose brother is diagnosed with AIDS. Clarkson has stated that beginning in the early 1990s, she went through a turbulent period in her career and was unable to find significant work, she had a small role in Jumanji before being cast in the independent drama High Art, portraying a drug-addicted German actress in New York City.
Her performance earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Clarkson appeared in a supporting role as an ailing wife of a prison warden in The Green Mile, nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast; the same year, she had a supporting part in the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, followed by a supporting part in Stanley Tucci's biopic Joe Gould's Secret. Next, she portrayed a single mother in the drama The Safety of Objects, had a supporting role opposite Jack Nicholson in the Sean Penn-directed thriller The Pledge, playing the mother of a murder victim, she had a leading role in the independent horror film Wendigo, directed by Larry Fessenden, in the comedy Welcome to Collinwood. Roger Ebert praised the performances in the former, noting: "The actors have an unforced, natural quality that looks easy but is hard to do." In 2002, Clarkson was cast in a supporting role in Todd Haynes's period drama Far from Heaven, opposite Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid, playing the neighbor of a repressed housewife in the 1950s.
The same year, she starred as Margaret White in the television film adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie. Between 2002 and 2005, Clarkson had a guest-starring role on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under, playing Sarah O'Connor, the arti
Aisha Jamila Hinds is an American television and film actress. She had supporting roles in a number of television series, include The Shield, True Blood, Detroit 1-8-7 and Under the Dome. In 2016, she played Fannie Lou Hamer in biographical drama film All the Way, Assault on Precinct 13 and was cast as Harriet Tubman in WGN America period drama Underground. Hinds stars in the Fox procedural drama series 9-1-1. Hinds was born in New York, she began her career on television on NYPD Blue. In 2004, she had a recurring role on The Shield as Annie Price, guest-starred in Crossing Jordan, Boston Legal, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Stargate SG-1, Cold Case, Desperate Housewives. Hinds was a series regular in the two short-lived ABC series Invasion from 2005 to 2006, Detroit 1-8-7, she had recurring roles on HawthoRNe and True Blood. In film, Hinds appeared in Mr. Brooks, Madea Goes to Jail and Star Trek Into Darkness. On stage, she played the leading role of The Best of Enemies at George Street Playhouse in 2011.
In 2013, Hinds appeared on the CW series, Cult, as the evil Rosalind Sakelik. Right after Cult was canceled, Hinds was cast as a series regular on the CBS television series Under the Dome based on Stephen King's book of the same title, she was changed to recurring basis after the first season. In 2014, she had supporting roles in films and Beyond the Lights. In that year, she had the recurring role of Chief Investigator Ava Wallace on the CBS police procedural, NCIS: Los Angeles. In 2015, Hinds was cast as Breed. In 2016, Hinds received positive reviews for playing civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in the HBO biographical drama film All the Way, she was cast in the Fox drama series Shots Fired, in the WGN America period drama Underground, playing Harriet Tubman. She stars as paramedic Henrietta "Hen" Wilson on TV series 9-1-1 which focuses on Los Angeles first responders including 9-1-1 dispatchers, police officers and the firefighters and paramedics as they deal with not only saving lives but with struggles in their own lives.
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Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross is an American actress, comedian and television host, best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton in the comedy series Girlfriends and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the comedy series Black-ish. Ross is the daughter of actress and Motown recording artist Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein, she began acting in variety series. She hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 to 2008, she played the starring role of Joan Clayton in the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends, for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, she has appeared in the films Hanging Up, I-See-You. Com, Daddy's Little Girls, before returning to television playing Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines, for which she received her third NAACP Image Award. Since 2014, Ross has played the starring role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish, her work on the series has earned her three NAACP Image Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
She has received nominations for two Critics' Choice Television Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Born Tracee Joy Silberstein in Los Angeles, she is the daughter of Motown singer/actress Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Actor and musician Evan Ross is her half-brother, her father is Jewish, her mother is African-American and considers herself to be a Baptist. She adopted the name Tracee Ellis Ross wishing to retain both of her parents' names after her father dropped the name Silberstein. Ross attended The Dalton School in Manhattan, Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland, she was a model in her teens. She attended Brown University, where she appeared in plays, graduated in 1994 with a theatre degree, she worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazines. Ross made her big screen debut in 1996, playing a Jewish/African-American woman in the independent feature film Far Harbor.
The following year, she debuted as host of The Dish, a Lifetime TV magazine series keeping tabs on popular culture. In 1998, she starred as a former high school track star who remained silent about having been abused at the hands of a coach, in the NBC made-for-TV movie Race Against Fear: A Moment of Truth, her next role was Sue. In 2000, she landed her first major studio role in Diane Keaton's Hanging Up; the same year, she broke into comedy as a regular performer in the MTV series The Lyricist Lounge Show, a hip-hop variety series mixing music, dramatic sketches, comedic skits. Ross's biggest career achievement came when she landed the lead role in the hit UPN/CW series Girlfriends in which she starred as the show's main protagonist Joan Carol Clayton — a successful lawyer looking for love and adventure; the series centered on four young African-American women, their male best friend. In 2007, Ross won an NAACP Image Award in the category, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on the series.
She won a second Image Award for the role in 2009. In 2007, Ross starred with her brother Evan Ross and Queen Latifah in the HBO movie Life Support, That same year, she appeared in the Tyler Perry theatrical movie, Daddy's Little Girls, she appeared in the 2009 film Labor Pains. In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Private Practice as a pregnant doctor. In 2011, Ross appeared in four episodes of CSI as the estranged wife of Laurence Fishburne's character. Ross starred in the sitcom, Reed Between the Lines, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner airing on BET starting in October 2011, she won a third NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012 for her performance in the series. In August 2012, it was announced. In 2011, she appeared in the Lifetime film Five directed by Alicia Keys; the performance in film earned her nominations for a NAACP Image Award and Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series. In 2012, Ross starred in the NBC drama pilot Bad Girls.
In 2014, Ross was cast in Black-ish, opposite Anthony Anderson. She plays the female lead role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson; the series debuted with positive reviews from critics. Ross received three NAACP Image Awards and received nominations for two Critics' Choice Television Awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance in the series. Ross's 2016 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series was the first for an African-American woman in that category in 30 years; the same year and Anderson faced off on Spike's Lip Sync Battle. She emerged victorious with performances of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield". In 2015, Ross was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine art by Brown University. Official Website Tracee Ellis Ross on IMDb