Tracee Ellis Ross

43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Ross in 2012, photo by

Birth Name: Tracee Joy Silberstein

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 29, 1972

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Tracee Ellis Ross is an American actress, model, comedian, director, and television host. She is the daughter of American singer and actress Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Her maternal half-siblings are musician and actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick and actor Evan Ross.

Tracee’s paternal grandfather was George Silberstein (the son of Max Silberstein and Anna Goodman). Max was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Anna was an Austrian Jewish immigrant.

Tracee’s paternal grandmother was named Charlotte Lasky (the daughter of Harry S. Lasky and Fannie). Charlotte was of Russian Jewish descent.

Tracee’s maternal grandfather was Fred Earl Ross (the son of The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross and Ida D. J. W. Snead). Fred was born in West Virginia. William was born in Tennessee, the son of Frederick/Fred/Fredrick Ross and Hannah Varnell. Ida was born in Virginia.

Tracee’s maternal grandmother was Ernestine Lillian Moten (the daughter of The Rev. M. William Moten and Isabella/Isabell/Bell Pruit/Pruitt Caldwell/Codwell Collins). Ernestine was born in Alabama. Tracee’s great-grandfather The Rev. M. William was the son of Peter Moten. Isabella was the daughter of Hamp Caldwell and Cealia Jones.


Genealogy of Tracee Ellis Ross –

Genealogy of Tracee Ellis Ross (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Tracee’s maternal great-grandparents, The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross and Ida D. J. W. Snead, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tracee’s maternal great-grandfather, The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Tracee’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred/Fredrick Ross and Hannah Varnell –

Obituary of Tracee’s maternal grandmother, Ernestine Lillian (Moten) Ross –

7 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    George Silberstein (paternal grandfather) appears to be the son of Max Silberstein and Anna (Goodman) Silberstein. Max was born in NY in 1889 to Austrian Jewish parents and Anna was Austrian Jewish.
    Source: George Silberstein in the 1920 United States Federal Census

    • jackson9 says:

      I am indeed correct about my previous statement. Paternal grandmother: Charlotte Lasky: (1923-2013) was the daughter of Fannie and Harry S. Lasky. Harry I believe was Russian Jewish.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    Oh so can Rhonda ross, who knew

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    Can any of the ross kids sing?

  4. Connerfromvine says:

    LMAO that picture!!!!

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