When it comes to a career in Hollywood, having someone to help and guide you is never a bad idea. Like most industries, regardless of competence and talent, being connected to an influential figure in the industry is a great recipe for success and that is a benefit that Tracie Thoms has enjoyed as the daughter of Donald H. Thoms, who is the Vice President of Programming at PBS and a director.
That is not to say the actress is not talented. After all, in a career that began in 2002, she has appeared in over 75 films and television shows, several of which she has made recurring appearances and played significant roles. One of them includes films like The Devil Wears Prada, Looper, and shows like Wonderfalls, Suits, Love and many many more.
You will learn all about the career of the actress and her background below.
Tracie Thoms Biography
As mentioned in the introduction, Tracie Thoms’ early beginning in Hollywood has been down to her father, Donald H. Thoms. She was born to him and her mother, Mariana Thoms on the 19th of August, 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the first born of the couple and she has a younger brother named Austin.
At the age of nine, she joined the theater and began studying acting. She later joined the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she continued her studies before she proceeded to Howard University where she engaged in further learning of the subject, graduating in 1997. She thereafter starred in her first onscreen role in 2002, Tracie Thoms took one more leg of academic learning at the famous Julliard School, graduating in 2001.
Although she has become a full-fledged onscreen actress, Tracie Thoms has not departed from her theater background and has been able to record stage roles in plays like Rent, Falsettos, Drowning Crow and a couple more.
Movies and TV Shows
Tracie Thoms is one of a minority of actors and actresses in Hollywood who has strong ties to all three major mediums of acting – Film, Television, and Theater. Tracie Thoms has been in theater since she was nine years old before she made her debut as an onscreen actress in 2002 via the show, As If, where she played the character, Sasha.
In the year of her debut in 2002, she starred in two television projects, two TV movies titled Porn ‘n’ Chicken and America’s Most Terrible Things. She got her chance to star in another recurring role as Mahandra McGinty in 2004, in the show, Wonderfalls. Tracie began to star in one of her most notable television roles till date, as Kat Miller in Cold Case in 2005. She played the role between 2005 and 2010.
2007 was an interesting year for Tracie Thoms in film, appearing in several silver screen projects like Death Proof, Sex and Breakfast, and Descent.
Among the plethora of films and television shows she has played in her career, which is over 75 in number so far, she has received six award nominations for a number of them, including a Primetime Emmy nomination for Send me: An Original Web Series. She has also been nominated for the Critics Choice Award for Rent.
Tracie Thoms’ Net Worth
When you’ve played several roles in a lucrative industry like Hollywood, it is normal and expected to be thought of as a rich personality. It doesn’t help that the industry is one of the most glamorous industries on the planet. However, that has so far not been true in the case of Tracie Thoms.
With a career that has lasted over 15 years, accumulating over 75 credits, Tracie Thoms has a net worth of $1 million.
Is She Gay or Lesbian?
Depending on how you look at it, one of the effects of playing gay people on screen is the resulting belief among the audience that the actor or actress is gay. Depending on whatever it is a good or bad effect, there is no denying that is a result of the excellence exhibited in playing the role, convincingly.
That has been the experience of Tracie Thoms and although she has never come out to publicly establish her sexuality, she has not denied her pleasure at playing lesbian roles as an actress. One of her more famous lesbian roles is her role in a revival of Falsettos, where she played a lesbian alongside fellow actress, Betsy Wolfe.