Hollywood Actress Names List Biography
Tracee Ellis Ross was born on October 29, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., is an American actress. She is best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW series, Girlfriends. Also, she was recently known for starring as Dr. Carla Reed on the new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.
Born as Tracee Joy Silberstein to legendary 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 and her mother is African-American. Ross attended the Dalton School in Manhattan and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She was a model in her teens.
She attended Brown University where she appeared in plays, and graduated in 1994 with a theatre degree. She later worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazine. She also featured in the video of the 1996 dance hit Macarena by Los del Río, as one of the ten female dancers.
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 an independent feature film 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, and comedic skits.
Ross’ biggest career achievement came when she landed the role of Joan Carol Clayton — a successful (and often neurotic) lawyer looking for love, challenges, and adventure, in the hit UPN/CW series Girlfriends. The series centers on four young African-American women. 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 is in a new show, Reed Between the Lines, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner airing on BET starting in October 2011.
Milena Govich was born on October 29, 1976 in Norman, Oklahoma, is an American actress, singer, dancer, and musician, best known for portraying Detective Nina Cassady on the television series, Law & Order.
Both of her parents, Dr. Bruce Michael Govich, who died in 1998, and Dr. Marilyn Green Govich, are professors of music: Bruce worked at University of Oklahoma and Marilyn currently works at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her father was Serbian and her mother is of Scottish and English ancestry. Her aunt, Milica Govich, is also an actress who has appeared on Broadway, television, and film.
Milena graduated from high school as valedictorian of her class. She followed her academic parents by graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma, once again graduating valedictorian with a double-degree in performance and pre-medical studies, and a minor in dance and violin. After graduation, Govich moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.
Govich has appeared on Broadway in the musical revival of Cabaret, joining the 1998–2004 production in December 2000. She began in the role of Lulu, featuring her singing, dancing, and playing violin, and was the understudy and eventual replacement for the lead role, Sally Bowles. Govich also performed on Broadway in the 2002 musical revival of The Boys from Syracuse and in the musical Good Vibrations. She starred as Millie in the first regional production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. In July 2012, Govich starred in the title role of Sweet Charity at The Lyric Theatre.
On television, Govich first gained national attention in the United States as Gabby in the pilot episode of CBS’s Love Monkey, then as the prostitute/con-artist Candy on Rescue Me. She also starred in the Dick Wolf series Conviction and then starred on the Dick Wolf series Law & Order. She has been featured or recurred on numerous other television shows: as New Orleans District Attorney Lyndsey Swann in the 20th Century Fox Television show K-Ville; as Assistant District Attorney Tracy Hunt on the new CBS TV series The Defenders; and as Regina Turner on Make It or Break It. Milena has also appeared in several movies, including 2004′s Bad Behavior, and 2006′s In Love, 2009′s Sordid Things, and 2011′s A Novel Romance, starring opposite Steve Guttenberg.
Govich is married to David Cornue, a writer, composer and film producer.
Govich played the part of Jessica Rossi on the short-lived 2006 NBC legal drama Conviction, created by Dick Wolf. The day after that show was cancelled, Dick Wolf invited her to join the cast of Law & Order for the seventeeth-season, which premiered on September 22, 2006. Govich played Det. Nina Cassady, who joined the cast as the junior partner when Jesse L. Martin’s character, Det. Ed Green, was elevated to senior partner upon the retirement of Det. Joe Fontana, who was portrayed by Dennis Farina. Govich guest-starred on the Law & Order episode “Flaw” (Season 16, Episode 2) in 2005, joining a list of Law & Order cast regulars who did the same before having a starring role in the series. Reuters reported on June 1, 2007 that Govich would be replaced by Jeremy Sisto, marking the end of the program’s only female detective. Govich said she was liked by police officers who thought Nina Cassady was a good character.
On October 10, 2008 Govich sang the National Anthem at the New Jersey Devils home opener at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. She has also appeared twice on tour as the guest performer with China’s biggest pop star, Fei Xiang.
Chelan Simmons was born on October 29, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a Canadian actress and former professional model, best known for her roles in the films Good Luck Chuck, Final Destination 3, Tucker & Dale vs Evil. Simmons is also well known for her work in television including the ABC Family show Kyle XY and The L.A. Complex.
Simmons was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the middle child of three (one younger brother and an older sister).
Simmons’ boyfriend proposed to her on July 28, 2008, and the couple married on Sept. 6, 2009. Simmons resides in Vancouver. Simmons has two dogs, a yorki named Talula, and an adopted rescue puppy named Tibby.
Simmons wanted to become an actress at the age of three but waited until she turned five to pursue a career. She started modeling and appeared in commercials. Simmons’ breakthrough was the notable role of Laurie Anne Winterbarger in the award-winning Stephen King’s It. She went on to star in the award-nominated family film Bingo, her first theatrical release, and appeared in several television shows as a child star.
Simmons returned to acting seven years later, giving up her modeling career. Simmons played guest appearances on multiple shows before portraying recurring roles in the MTV show MTV’S Now What? and Crystal in Edgemont for 11 episodes. Simmons has also starred in a number of television films, including the 2002 remake of Carrie. Due to Simmons’ many roles in the horror genre, such as the television films Snakehead Terror and Chupacabra: Dark Seas, she is considered a modern day scream queen.
In 2005, Simmons was cast in the comedy film The Long Weekend, her first theatrical release in over 10 years. The following year, Simmons starred in the 2006 horror film Final Destination 3, the third installment in the popular Final Destination Franchise. Simmons portrayed the popular cheerleader Ashley Freund, possibly her best-known role to date. The film received mixed reviews but was a success at the box office and was nominated for awards. Simmons also starred in the Direct-to-DVD sequel Dr. Dolittle 3 before appearing in small roles in the teen comedy John Tucker Must Die and the horror Wind Chill.
Simmons won the role of recurring character Hillary Shepard in the ABC Family show Kyle XY. She portrayed Hillary for three years until the show was canceled in 2009 after three seasons. Simmons also had a recurring role in the short-lived comedy series About a Girl. Simmons continued her film roles in Good Luck Chuck alongside Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. The film was critically panned. Simmons portrayed Lindsay Lohan in the television film Paparazzi Princess: The Paris Hilton Story. In 2010, Simmons had a small role as a lotus eater in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The film grossed $226,497,209 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film Simmons has appeared in to date. Simmons also starred in the critically well received and award winning comedy-horror film Tucker & Dale vs Evil.
Simmons landed a regular role on the The L.A. Complex as Alicia Lowe, “a sensitive, aspiring dancer from Regina who will do whatever it takes to make ends meet.” The show premiered on the Canadian network MuchMusic on Jan. 10, 2012. and aired in the U.S. on The CW. Simmons became a guest star during the shows second season.
Simmons will lend her voice to the upcoming children’s animated television show Action Dad set to premiere sometime in 2012. Simmons has been cast in Hannibal, which is to air on NBC. She will reprise her role as Gretchen Speck, in which she protrayed in the short lived series Wonderfalls.