Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972 in Omaha,
Nebraska) is an American film and television actress. Among her
notable roles is that of Isis, a cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst
in the feature film Bring it On. She also played a medical doctor
in the CBS television series, City of Angels.
Gabrielle Union moved at the age of eight to Pleasanton, California.
She proved to be a talented athlete in high school, excelling at
basketball, soccer, and track & field at Foothill High School,
where she was known as Nikki. During high school, she dated current
NBA star Jason Kidd.
Gabrielle Union originally intended to become a lawyer, not an
actress. She attended the University of Nebraska before moving on
to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA; while studying
there, she decided to intern at a modeling agency to earn extra
academic credits. She was asked by the agency to sign on with them
as a new model. She needed money to pay off some college loans and
debts, so she eventually agreed to become a model.
With the 2000 release of Bring it On, Gabrielle Union gained wide
exposure. Her new fame landed her on magazine covers and talk shows,
and she gained popularity among movie fans.
She also made a guest appearance in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
as a Klingon named N'Garen ("Sons and Daughters" episode).
Gabrielle Union has participated in a considerable number of television
shows and movies. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology
and is married to professional football player Chris Howard of the
Jacksonville Jaguars. In November 2005, the couple separated after
four years of marriage.
Her most recent role was in the short-lived ABC drama, Night Stalker
She also starred in the independent dramas Neo Ned and Constellation.
The Honeymooners (2005)
Breakin' All the Rules (2004)
Deliver Us From Eva (2003)
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Love & Basketball (2000)
Bring It On (2000)
She's All That (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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