Tracee Ellis Ross (pictured) has just made an achievement in television that a black woman hasn’t achieved in 30 years.
The 43-year-old film and television actress received a nomination for this year’s Emmy Awards. Ross was nominated for the “Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series” award. She received the Emmy nod for her role in the ABC television series “Black-Ish.”
Ross plays Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on “Black-Ish” alongside co-star and veteran comedian/actor Anthony Anderson. The last black woman to ever be nominated for the best comedy Emmy for an actress was Phylicia Rashad in 1986. Rashad received the nomination for her role as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.”
“At this age, at this point in my career, to be a first-time nominee is extraordinary. To be nominated on behalf of a show that I am so proud of,” Ross told ABC News in an exclusive interview.
“I have not yet gotten married or had a baby, and this is pretty up there on the list…This whole other layer of the historical aspect is mind-boggling to me,” Ross continued. “It adds a whole other layer to this that is extraordinary and wonderful,” she added.
Ross is no stranger to receiving great accolades for her witty and hilarious roles as an actress on TV. She has won the NAACP Image Award five times for her roles on three different television shows (Girlfriends, Reed Between the Lines, & Black-Ish).
In 2005, Ross also won the BET Comedy Award for her role in “Girlfriends” as well. She has starred in seven motion pictures that have made it to the big screen and she’s worked gigs hosting numerous awards shows, including this year’s annual BET Awards.
This year’s 68th annual Emmy Awards show will be televised on Sunday, September 18th on ABC at 7:00 p.m. EST. Tune in to see if Tracee Ellis Ross will take home the award!