Gabrielle Union Biography
Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972 in Omaha, Nebraska. However, at the age of 8, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. In high school, Union was an all-star point guard and a year round athlete participating in soccer, basketball, and track.
After high school, Gabrielle attended college at University of Nebraska, where she played on the soccer team; and then later transferred to Cuesta College. Eventually she ended up at UCLA. On her way to law school, just planning on being a working stiff, things started to happen during her senior year. Gabrielle had a college internship at a L.A. modeling agency, she thought it would be an easy way to pick up some extra credits. Little did she know that clients were eyeing the help. Upon the completion of the internship, she was asked to become a client with the agency. Gabby thought of it as a great way to pay off a stack of college loans, and modeled until her agent found that she could actually act. Her first audition/job was landed without any headshots, on "Saved by the Bell" (1989). Since then she has went on to have many small but substantial film roles and has guest starred on several hit TV shows, all before landing the role of Dr. Courtney Ellis, on CBS' short lived medical drama "City of Angels" (2000).
Although she plays parts that are opinionated and strong, Gabrielle believes that, "Hollywood needs to recognize all shades of African American beauty." Gabrielle is a graduate of UCLA with honors, in sociology. She is married to NFL player Chris Howard.
Spouse - Chris Howard (5 May 2001 - present) (filed for divorce)
More Interesting Information for Gabrielle Union
Was a cheerleader in the eighth grade.
Transferred to UCLA after a stint playing for the women's soccer team at the University of Nebraska.
Married to the NFL's Chris Howard of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Has a degree in sociology.
Played the first ever African-American love interest of any of the cast members on the TV Show "Friends" (1994).
Was on the debut cover of Savoy Magazine.
As of The Brothers (2001/I), Gabrielle has an average movie gross of: $44,979,154
Is a big fan of the music group New Edition.
She ranked #52 in Maxim's '100 Sexiest Women'(2002).
She ranked #81 in Stuff's '103 Sexiest Women'(2003).
Graduated with honors from UCLA
She played a high school sophomore in "10 Things I hate About You." (1999) Union, born in 1972, was 27 years old at the time.
Didn't want to do acting but did it to pay off her university debts and found that she enjoyed it.
Has two sisters one older and one younger.
Her parents are Sylvester and Theresa Union.
Wanted to be a lawyer
Has been in two adaptations of "The Taming of the Shrew". 10 Things I Hate About You and Deliver Us From Eva.
Praised by Oprah Winfrey for being an activist for women. Passionate public speaker on the topic of violence against women after surviving a rape at gunpoint at the age of nineteen.
Ranked #67 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Personal quotes from Gabrielle Union
"I have no problem with that! I'd rather be that than Quasimodo. Or a method actor" - on her status as a sex symbol
"Thank God for J-Lo. All of a sudden big asses are de rigueur."
"I'm a Catholic girl from Omaha, and then all of a sudden they spring this scene on me. Afterwards I had to go to confession. I said, "Forgive me Father, for I have just bared my ass in front of the world. How many Hail Marys will it take to absolve me of that!" - on her strip scene in Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
"After Halle Berry does her films and Latifah does her films, it's left to all the black, Latino and Asian actresses to fight over a couple of roles. I opted for some TV. There just not a ton of work in film."
"Halle's success has come more from blockbusters. But, yes, she is a source of inspiration. When she makes money, black actors make money."- On Halle Berry's success
"I didn't want to act. I thought it was a cheesy profession--but when I was a junior, I got an internship at a modeling agency. When my internship ended, they said, 'We'd be interested in representing you.' I was like, 'If you think someone will pay me to be cheesy, sure, whatever!' "
"I have the Samuel Jackson mentality, of working as much as possible. I think about Halle [Berry] and [Queen] Latifah, and they are the only two black actresses that work consistently. It scares me."
"I like directors who have worked as actors. They know the experience."
"I still hear things like 'Gabrielle, you gave the best read! If we decide to go black, you're at the top of the list.' I've actually been told, 'Gabrielle, you're absolutely perfect for the role, but the role is a girl who's most popular in school.' I've been to the point where I brought in my yearbook. 'See how popular I was? It really can happen.' "
"I want to be Miss USA or Miss America. I would bring the trophy back to Nebraska. My interests are agriculture and corn. Hey, I'm just riding this train as long as I can. As long as I'm having fun, I'll do it. When it stops being fun, I'll try something else. Maybe I'll open up a chain of Popeye's Chicken."- On what she'll do next
"It is all that an actress can hope for. The experience was very organic. I was able to be creative. In comedies, you go for the joke, and embellish. Action films are about action. They're not about performances."
"The black community in Hollywood is very small and close-knit. Everyone has a common goal: to make a two-hour movie in 30 days. We watch each others' scenes. There is a natural chemistry. You can't have a crazy diva walking around saying, "As long as I'm lit well . . ." Or, "I only care if I do well."
Gabrielle Union Filmography
Starship Dave (2008)
The Box (2007/II) .... Det. Cris Romano
Perfect Christmas (2007) .... Nancy
Daddy's Little Girls (2007) .... Julia
... aka Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (USA: complete title)
Football Wives (2007) (TV) .... Chardonnay Lane
Running with Scissors (2006) .... Dorothy
"Night Stalker" .... Perri Reed (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
- What's the Frequency, Kolchak? (2006) TV Episode .... Perri Reed
- Timeless (2006) TV Episode .... Perri Reed
- Into Night (2006) TV Episode .... Perri Reed
- The Sea (2006) TV Episode .... Perri Reed
- The Source (2005) TV Episode .... Perri Reed
"Family Guy" .... Shauna Parks (1 episode, 2005)
... aka Padre de familia (USA: Spanish title)
- Peter's Got Woods (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Shauna Parks
Say Uncle (2005) .... Elise Carter
The Honeymooners (2005) .... Alice Kramden
Neo Ned (2005) .... Rachael
Constellation (2005) .... Carmel Boxer
Something the Lord Made (2004) (TV) .... Clara Thomas
Breakin' All the Rules (2004) .... Nicky Callas
"The West Wing" .... Meeshel Anders (1 episode, 2004)
- The Benign Prerogative (2004) TV Episode .... Meeshel Anders
Ride or Die (2003) .... Masked Woman
... aka Hustle and Heat (Canada: English title: DVD title) (USA: DVD title)
... aka Ride or Die (UK: video title)
Bad Boys II (2003) .... Syd
... aka Good Cops: Bad Boys II (Malaysia: English title)
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) .... Daria
Deliver Us from Eva (2003) .... Evangeline 'Eva' Dandrige
"The Proud Family" .... Iesha / ... (1 episode, 2003)
- Hooray for Iesha (2003) TV Episode (voice) .... Sunny Stevens/Iesha
Abandon (2002) .... Amanda Luttrell
Welcome to Collinwood (2002) .... Michelle
... aka Safecrackers oder Diebe haben's schwer (Germany)
Two Can Play That Game (2001) .... Conny Spalding
"Friends" .... Kristin Lang (1 episode, 2001)
- The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress (2001) TV Episode .... Kristin Lang
The Brothers (2001/I) .... Denise Johnson
Close to Home (2001) (TV)
"City of Angels" .... Dr. Courtney Ellis (11 episodes, 2000)
- SWAT's Happening (2000) TV Episode .... Dr. Courtney Ellis
- Smoochas Gracias (2000) TV Episode .... Dr. Courtney Ellis
- Saving Faces (2000) TV Episode .... Dr. Courtney Ellis
- The Lone Free Ranger (2000) TV Episode .... Dr. Courtney Ellis
- Nathan's Hot Dog (2000) TV Episode .... Dr. Courtney Ellis
Bring It On (2000) .... Isis
"Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane" .... Lana (1 episode, 2000)
... aka Zoe (Australia) (USA: new title)
... aka Zoe... (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- Too Much Pressure (2000) TV Episode .... Lana
"The Others" .... Lindsay (1 episode, 2000)
- Theta (2000) TV Episode .... Lindsay
Love & Basketball (2000) .... Shawnee
... aka Love and Basketball (USA: closing credits title)
"ER" .... Tamara Davis (1 episode, 2000)
- Family Matters (2000) TV Episode .... Tamara Davis
H-E Double Hockey Sticks (1999) .... Gabrielle
"Grown Ups" .... Marcus's Date (1 episode, 1999)
- Pilot (1999) TV Episode .... Marcus's Date
"Clueless" .... Lydia (1 episode, 1999)
- Prom Misses, Prom Misses (1999) TV Episode .... Lydia
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) .... Chastity
She's All That (1999) .... Katie
"7th Heaven" .... Keesha Hamilton (5 episodes, 1996-1999)
... aka 7th Heaven: Beginnings (USA: rerun title)
... aka Seventh Heaven
- The Tribes That Bind (1999) TV Episode .... Keesha Hamilton
- It Takes a Village (1998) TV Episode .... Keesha Hamilton
- Happy's Valentine (1997) TV Episode .... Keesha Hamilton
- America's Most Wanted (1997) TV Episode .... Keesha Hamilton
- The Color of God (1996) TV Episode .... Keesha Hamilton
"The Steve Harvey Show" .... Naomi Parson (1 episode, 1998)
- The He-Man, Player-Hater's Club (1998) TV Episode .... Naomi Parson
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" .... N'Garen (1 episode, 1997)
... aka DS9 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Deep Space Nine (USA: short title)
... aka Star Trek: DS9 (USA: short title)
- Sons and Daughters (1997) TV Episode .... N'Garen
"City Guys" .... Katisha Grant (1 episode, 1997)
- The Date (1997) TV Episode .... Katisha Grant
"Sister, Sister" .... Shawn / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
- Show Me the Money (1997) TV Episode .... Shawn
- Guardian Angel (1997) TV Episode .... Vanessa
"Hitz" .... Soul (1 episode, 1997)
- The Godfather: Not the Movie (1997) TV Episode .... Soul
"Dave's World" .... Carly (1 episode, 1997)
- Oh Dad, Poor Dad (1997) TV Episode .... Carly
"Smart Guy" .... Lydia (1 episode, 1997)
- Don't Do That Thing You Do (1997) TV Episode .... Lydia
"Goode Behavior" .... Tracy Monaghan (3 episodes, 1996)
- Goode Grades (1996) TV Episode .... Tracy Monaghan
- Goode Golly, Miss Molly (1996) TV Episode .... Tracy Monaghan
- Goode and Scared (1996) TV Episode .... Tracy Monaghan
"Saved by the Bell: The New Class" .... Jennifer (1 episode, 1996)
- The Tall and the Short of It (1996) TV Episode .... Jennifer
"Malibu Shores" .... Shannon Everette (1 episode, 1996)
- The Competitive Edge (1996) TV Episode .... Shannon Everette
"Moesha" .... Ashli (1 episode, 1996)
- Friends (1996) TV Episode .... Ashli