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      Gabrielle Union

      Gabrielle Union

      Highest Rated: 89% The Inspection (2022)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Oct 29, 1972

      Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

      Actress Gabrielle Union essayed self-assured African-American women in a diverse array of projects, ranging from comedies like "Bring It On" (2000) and "Bad Boys II" (2003) to series like "Being Mary Jane" (BET, 2013-19). Born Gabrielle Monique Union on October 29, 1972 in Omaha, Nebraska, she relocated with her family to the Bay Area suburb of Pleasanton, California, when she was eight years old. She later attended Foothill High School, where she excelled at an array of sports, before graduating in 1991. From there, she followed in the footsteps of two uncles by attending the University of Nebraska, before transferring to Cuesta College and finally, UCLA, where she earned her degree in sociology with honors in 1996. Though she intended on next tackling a law degree, Union found herself modeling, with the intention of using the money to pay off her college loans, through an internship at a Los Angeles modeling agency. When she completed the internship, the agency took her on as a client and submitted her for minor roles on television series; she began landing appearances on shows like "Family Matters" (CBS, 1989-1998), which led to recurring turns on "Sister, Sister" (ABC/The WB, 1994-99) and her feature film debut in the teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999). Union's breakout film role, as the tough captain of an inner-city cheerleading squad in "Bring It On," came the following year, and the film's popularity provided her with the boost she needed to transition full-time to features. Union was soon a go-to performer for smart, confident young African-American women in features like "The Brothers" (2001), the comedy "Welcome to Collinwood" (2002) with George Clooney, and the action-thriller "Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003) with Jet Li and rapper DMX. But her film stardom appeared to peak with her turn as Will Smith's girlfriend in "Bad Boys II"; subsequent film projects, including an African-American take on "The Honeymooners" (2005), and an adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running with Scissors" (2006), failed to attract audiences, and by 2005, Union had returned to regular work on television. She joined the cast of the offbeat police drama "Life" (NBC, 2007-09) shortly before its cancellation, and her next effort, the science fiction thriller "FlashForward" (ABC, 2009), lasted only a single season. Undaunted, Union forged ahead with character roles, including a critically acclaimed turn as bluesman Muddy Waters' wife, Geneva Wade, in "Cadillac Records" (2008), and supporting performances in Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" (2012), the big-screen adaptation of comic Steve Harvey's advice book "Think Like a Man" (2012) and Chris Rock's "Top Five" (2014). She also made her debut as both producer and star on the BET series "Being Mary Jane." The drama, about a successful TV anchor's pursuit of personal and professional happiness, was a ratings hit and earned Union three NAACP Image Award Nominations, including a win in 2014. The success of the series helped to remind audiences and executives alike of Union's talent, and she soon settled into a busy schedule of features and television. The former included Nate Parker's controversial "Birth of a Nation" (2016) and a rare starring turn as a mother defending her children against home invaders in the hit "Breaking In" (2018), which she also produced. In the latter capacity, Union reprised her "Bad Boys II" role for "L.A.'s Finest" (Spectrum Originals, 2019- ), which promoted her character to police detective and partnered her with Jessica Alba. While working on the series, Union also served as a judge on the fourteenth season of the reality competition series "America's Got Talent" (NBC, 2007- ). Controversy erupted in November 2019 when it was announced that Union was fired from the series after a single season: reports quickly revealed that Union had complained about what she considered a toxic work environment, including meddling by producers, a racist joke by guest judge Jay Leno, and series creator Simon Cowell constantly smoking inside the studio building in defiance of California law.

      Highest rated movies

      The Inspection poster The Inspection Top Five poster Top Five The Birth of a Nation poster The Birth of a Nation 10 Things I Hate About You poster
      10 Things I Hate About You
      Neo Ned poster
      Neo Ned
      The Public poster The Public Cadillac Records poster Cadillac Records Bring It On poster
      Bring It On

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Perfect Find Jenna Jones (Character),
      Producer
      - 2023
      89% 91% The Inspection Inez French (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $261.0K 2022
      72% 66% Strange World Meridian Clade (Voice) $38.0M 2022
      35% 34% Cheaper by the Dozen Zoey Baker (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes Tootie (Character) - 2021
      66% 78% The Public Rebecca Parks (Character) $571.2K 2018
      27% 31% Breaking In Shaun Russell (Character),
      Producer
      $46.3M 2018
      25% 37% Sleepless Dena (Character) $20.7M 2017
      49% 64% Almost Christmas Rachel (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $42.0M 2016
      73% 71% The Birth of a Nation Esther (Character) $15.8M 2016
      No Score Yet 55% The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Nala (Voice) - 2015
      No Score Yet 50% With This Ring Kitty (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2015
      86% 64% Top Five Erica (Character) $25.3M 2014
      23% 59% Think Like a Man Too Kristen (Character) $65.1M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Being Mary Jane Mary Jane Paul (Character) - 2013
      47% 36% In Our Nature Vicky (Character) - 2012
      54% 79% Think Like a Man Kristen (Character) $91.5M 2012
      36% 76% Tyler Perry's Good Deeds Natalie (Character) $35.0M 2012
      66% 65% Cadillac Records Geneva (Character) $8.1M 2008
      20% 35% Meet Dave No. 3 - Cultural Officer (Character) $11.8M 2008
      No Score Yet 24% The Box Det. Cris Romano (Character) - 2007
      19% 52% The Perfect Holiday Nancy (Character) $5.8M 2007
      26% 81% Daddy's Little Girls Julia (Character) $31.3M 2007
      31% 56% Running With Scissors Dorothy (Character) $6.8M 2006
      67% 74% Neo Ned Rachael (Character) - 2005
      0% 41% Constellation Carmel Boxer (Character) $306.5K 2005
      16% 41% Say Uncle Elise (Character) $5.2K 2005
      13% 30% The Honeymooners Alice Kramden (Character) $12.8M 2005
      No Score Yet 62% Night Stalker Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 93% Something the Lord Made Clara Thomas (Character) - 2004
      31% 57% Breakin' All the Rules Nicky Callas (Character) $11.8M 2004
      23% 78% Bad Boys II Syd Burnett (Character) $138.4M 2003
      26% 52% Cradle 2 the Grave Daria (Character) $34.6M 2003
      43% 76% Deliver Us From Eva Eva (Character) $17.3M 2003
      16% 31% Abandon Amanda (Character) $10.7M 2002
      55% 55% Welcome to Collinwood Michelle (Character) $334.0K 2002
      40% 83% Two Can Play That Game Conny Spalding (Character) $22.2M 2001
      63% 84% The Brothers Denise Johnson (Character) $27.5M 2001
      64% 66% Bring It On Isis (Character) $68.3M 2000
      42% 55% She's All That Katie (Character) $63.3M 1999
      71% 69% 10 Things I Hate About You Chastity (Character) $38.2M 1999
      No Score Yet 65% H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! Gabrielle (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 80% Playa' Pack Unknown (Character) - 1997

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 76% Truth Be Told Eva (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020 2022-2023
      No Score Yet 28% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2015 2023
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show Guest 2017 2022
      No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2014-2015 2017-2018 2020-2022
      No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017 2022
      No Score Yet 55% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017-2022
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008 2010 2017 2021
      24% 64% L.A.'s Finest Sydney Burnett (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2019-2020
      No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2019-2020
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2020
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2014 2016 2020
      No Score Yet 65% The Lion Guard Nala (Voice) 2016-2019
      No Score Yet 56% America's Got Talent Judge 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2014 2016-2019
      No Score Yet 77% Being Mary Jane Mary Jane Paul (Character) 2014-2015 2017 2019
      No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2012 2014 2016-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All Star Flip Host 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007-2008 2017
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012 2014-2015 2017
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2015 2017
      100% 29% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      2012 2014-2015
      100% 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet 61% Army Wives Gina Holt (Guest Star) 2010
      80% 78% FlashForward Zoey Andata (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      70% 88% Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      97% 80% Ugly Betty Renee Slater (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Stalker Perri Reed (Character) 2005-2006
      No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Shauna Parks (Guest Voice) 2005
      75% 95% The West Wing Meeshel Anders (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pepsi Smash Host 2003
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Sunny Stevens/"Iesha" (Guest Voice) 2002
      79% 93% Friends Kristen Lang (Guest Star) 2001
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Dr. Courtney Ellis (Character) 2000
      No Score Yet 84% ER Tamara Davis (Guest Star) 2000
      33% No Score Yet Grown Ups Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven: Beginnings Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 75% 7th Heaven Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1998
      91% 88% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine N'Garen (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet City Guys Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitz Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goode Behavior Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 100% Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1996