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American actress Gabrielle Monique Union was born October 29th, 1972 in Omaha, Nebraska. Gabrielle grew up in Pleasanton, California, and graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Gabrielle’s first acting credits date back to 1993, when she made her small screen debut in an episode of Family Matters, followed by minor roles in Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Moesha, Malibu Shores and Goode Behavior. She got her first big role as part of the recurring cast in seasons one to three of The WB’s drama, 7th Heaven. She continued to have guest roles in various shows throughout the 1990s, most notably, Smart Guy, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Jungle Cubs, Sister, Sister, Clueless and Grown Ups.

Gabrielle made her first big screen appearance in 1999’s teen romance film She’s All That. Her next movies would also be teen romances, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and her breakout role in teen cheerleading comedy movie, Bring It On (2000.) She became known for her roles in romantic comedies, and starred in The Brothers (2001,) Deliver Us from Eva (2003,) cop action comedy Bad Boys II (2003,) Daddy’s Little Girls (2007,) and The Perfect Holiday (2007.) On TV, Gabrielle landed a main role in season two of medical drama City of Angels (2000) and guest starred in shows such as ER, Friends, The West Wing,     Family Guy, and Ugly Betty. In 2008, Gabrielle had a recurring role in comedy-drama Ugly Betty, and from 2009 to 2010 she was part of the recurring cast in ABC’s Flashforward.

After a five-year hiatus from film roles, Gabrielle returned to the big screen in 2012 in the romantic drama Good Deeds and the romantic comedy Think Like a Man. In 2013, she was cast in the lead role in BET’s drama series Being Mary Jane, which lasted five seasons. Gabrielle’s performance on the show received positive feedback. She then reprised her role in Think Like a Man Too, which premiered in 2014. Subsequent projects were Top Five (2014,) The Birth of a Nation (2016,) Almost Christmas (2016,) Sleepless(2017,) and Breaking In (2018.) Gabrielle also voiced Nala in Disney’s animated series The Lion Guard, from 2016 to 2019.

Gabrielle was part of the main cast in the action comedy crime television series L.A.’s Finest, which ran for two seasons, from 2019 to 2020. Gabrielle’s only film role of 2020 was in the animated feature Fearless. Two years later, she returned to the big screen by starring in Disney’s remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. In 2022, Gabrielle was cast in drama streaming TV series, Truth Be Told, where she will be the lead in its third and upcoming season.

Aside from her acting career, Gabrielle has released several books. Her first memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine, was published by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2017. The second memoir, You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories, came out in 2021. In addition, she has authored two children’s books (the second one in collaboration with her husband Dwayne Wade): Welcome to the Party (2020) and Shady Baby (2021.)

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