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
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 eying
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.