Gabrielle Monique Union was born on October 29, 1972, in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. She is an actress, and a former model. She has followed an interesting path to stardom and ran into it through some chance occurrences; brushing shoulders with the entertainment industry in a fun twist of fate.
At the age of eight, Union's family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she attended grade school. As a high school student Union received good grades and had an outstanding athletic career as an all-star point guard, also dabbling in soccer and track. This was her first encounter with stardom as she happened to date future hall of fame point guard Jason Kidd.
Union chose to attend the University of Nebraska, but in a bout of homesickness moved on to Cuesta College. After spending some time there, Union transferred to UCLA, were she started interning at the Judith Fontaine Modeling and Talent Agency. She continued moonlighting as a model after graduating with a degree in sociology.
Through her career as a model, Union landed some minor acting roles with the first being in an episode of Family Matters, and a more significant role as Keesha Hamilton in five episodes of 7th Heaven. Her big break would arrive in 2000, when Union landed the role of Isis in the popular teen movie Bring It On.
Gabrielle Union continued to expand her acting repertoire, improving upon each performance and proving her worth as a leading lady. Union was granted this ability in the year 2003 with a performance alongside rapper LL Cool J in the movie Deliver Us From Eva. This was her second time working with LL Cool J, as she appeared in his video "Paradise" in 2002.
Union has appeared in many other projects since her role in Deliver Us From Eva, and was cast in the NBC television show Life. Unfortunately, however, the show was cancelled after four episodes in May 2009. She is now working on a movie set to be released in 2013 called The Van Zandt Shakedown.
Gabrielle Union attributes much of her success to her education, since it is required for working in any industry in these economic times.
"You have to get a college degree just to put a toe in the door. If you want to be competitive in this country, you need a formal education. I don't care what you have to do, I worked to get through school." said Union herself.
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