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Tracie Thoms' celebrity travels

Tracie Thoms' celebrity travels

You might call Tracie Thoms a triple-triple threat: The Baltimore native sings, dances and acts, and her career encompasses film, television and theater.

Introduced to acting and television at an early age — her father, Donald Thoms, is a Maryland Public Television host and cable TV executive — she further honed her craft at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Thoms went on earn degrees from Howard University and the Juilliard School in New York City.

Since that time, the 37-year-old has become a rising star among a new generation of American actors. Thoms has appeared on Broadway in such productions as "Stick Fly" and "Rent," reprising her role in the...