Gabrielle Union is an actress, writer, producer, and activist of American origin. Her long career in Hollywood dates back to the 1990s with small roles in many TV sitcoms before turning to the big screen in 1999 with supporting roles in teen comedy movies like She’s All That and 10 Things I Hate About You. The talented actress won her role in the teen comedy Bring It On, a box-office success that won her critical acclaim in 2000.
Well known for her exceptional portrayal of the characters of the “independent woman”, Gabrielle Union has established herself as one of the queens of Hollywood’s favorite comedy in the films Bad Boys II, Deliver Us from Eva, Think Like a Man (2012) and her sequel in 2014, Think Like a Man Too. On a small screen, Union’s most remarkable role is the title role of Mary Jane Paul in the hit series BET Being Mary Jane.
Gabrielle Union’s Bio
Gabrielle Monique Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (née Glass) and Sylvester Union. The family then moved to Pleasanton, California, where Gabrielle attended high school at Foothill High School (FHS). She began her college studies at the University of Nebraska before moving to Cuesta College in California. She finally obtained her degree in sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles.
During her university studies, Gabrielle Union worked as an intern at the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency in Los Angeles. Impressed by her new look, the founder/CEO of the agency got Union chosen as a model. Under the same agency, Union also began auditioning for minor acting roles in the early 1990s and finally landed her first role as an extra in the successful Family Matters sitcom (1993) in the 1990s. This was followed by several small roles in successful series such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Goode Behavior, 7th Heaven, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Steve Harvey Show.
In 1999, Gabrielle Union made her film debut in the teen comedy She’s All That, followed by 10 Things I Hate About You. The year 2000 can be described as the year of the Union’s escape as she played in the cult classic Bring It On and also played in Love & Basketball with Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps. Her role as Isis in Bring It On earned her a Black Reel Award for Best Support Actress and also gave a major boost to her emerging career. The actress then played in The Brothers (2001) with Morris Chestnut and Shemar Moore and in Two Can Play That Game with Chesnut and Vivica Fox.
After proving herself, Union finally got her first lead role in the film Evangeline “Eva” Dandridge in the romantic comedy Deliver Us from Eva in 2003, for which she received a lot of rave reviews. The talented actress has received more praise for her roles in Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II (2003), Breakin’ All the Rules (2004), Neo Ned (2005) and The Honeymooners (2005). In 2007, she appeared alongside Idris Elba in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls and several other comedy films.
Gabrielle Union, the undisputed queen of the hit comedy Think Like a Man (2012), also took up her role in the sequel to the 2014 film, Think Like a Man Too. Union also acted in the hit comedy Girls Trip (2017) and in the thriller Breaking In (2018), co-producer in the latter.
Gabrielle Union’s most remarkable role on a small screen is that of Mary Jane Paul, the main character in the dramatic series BET Being Mary Jane (2013-) for which she received several awards including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding TV Actress 2014. In addition to her main role, Union is also the executive producer of the show. The actress also served as co-producer in the thriller Breaking In 2018, in which she played the lead role.
Gabrielle Union is currently married to NBA star Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr., whose relationship dates back to 2009. After several years of dating, the couple took a brief break by separating at the beginning of 2013. According to Wade, the split is the result of the high demands of their individual careers. However, the duo managed to repair their fences and get back together before the end of the year. In December 2013, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade announced their engagement. The couple finally married on August 30, 2014.
Gabrielle Union is the mother-in-law of 3 children of her husband from previous marriages/relationships. Wade’s first son, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade was born on February 4, 2002, and the second, Zion Malachi Airamis Wade was born on May 29, 2007. His third son Xavier Zechariah Wade was born on November 10, 2013, a few weeks before his engagement with Gabrielle Union.
With several years of film and television behind her, Gabrielle Union is undoubtedly one of the greatest ladies in Tinseltown. In addition to her illustrious acting career, the Hollywood star is also a successful entrepreneur with her own wine brand – Vanilla Puddin – and a line of Invicta wristwatches in her name. In March 2017, the superb actress further broadened her horizons by launching her own line of “Flawless” hair care products. All these contracts and many juicy endorsement contracts bring the net worth of Gabrielle Union to about $20 million.
Other Facts about Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union stands at a height of 5 feet 7½ inches (171 cm). Known for her timeless look, the superb Hollywood star maintains a trim physique with a bodyweight of 57 kg (126 lb). Gabrielle Union’s body measurement is 36-24-36 inches (91.5-61-91.5 cm).
In 1992, while working part-time in a shoe store, Gabrielle Union, 19, was raped during a robbery. According to the actress, she was able to deal with the trauma by drawing inspiration from Oprah Winfrey’s popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Gabrielle Union is now an advocate for victims of assault. In February 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.