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Actress, BET's "Being Mary Jane"

Gabrielle Union: Biography at a Glance

  • Currently starring in BET's Being Mary Jane
  • Recently seen in the box office smash hits Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too
  • Film credits include Top Five, Cadillac Records, The Perfect Holiday, Bad Boys II, Bring It On and Love & Basketball
  • Her memoir, We're Going to Need More Wine, features a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, and what it means to be a modern woman
  • Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and supporter of the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA

 

Actress, BET's "Being Mary Jane"

Gabrielle Union is an actor, activist, and author who currently stars in BET's hit drama "Being Mary Jane," which has just concluded its fourth season. Union has been nominated several times for her leading role as Mary Jane Paul by the BET Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.  

Gabrielle was most recently seen on the big screen in "Sleepless" (2017), "Almost Christmas" (2017), and acclaimed Fox Searchlight period drama "Birth of a Nation" (2016).

Gabrielle’s other notable film credits include Universal’s cult hit "Bring It On," "Ten Things I Hate About You," "Cadillac Records," "Daddy’s Little Girls," "Good Deeds," "Running With Scissors," "Bad Boys II," "Love & Basketball," "She’s All That," "Think Like a Man," "Think Like a Man Too," and "Top Five," among many others.

On the small screen, Gabrielle made her debut in UPN’s hit comedy "Moesha," and then went on to guest-star on such hit shows as "ER," "Dave’s World," and "The Steve Harvey Show." Shortly thereafter, Gabrielle had a recurring role on two WB hit shows, "Sister, Sister" and "7th Heaven." Gabrielle stirred things up when she guest starred on "Friends" as a love interest to both Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer). With this role, Gabrielle marked the first African-American love interest on the series.

Gabrielle’s passion for acting is only rivaled by her humanitarian involvement. She is an Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as a long time support of the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA. In her free time, Gabrielle often travels on behalf of Susan G. Komen and the YSC to share her story of losing a friend to Breast Cancer, and is a frequent visitor to the RTC where she talks with young women. Gabrielle also helped found a program called “A Step for Success” in 2004 which helps to raise funds for the economically challenged Kelso Elementary School in Los Angeles. The program holds fundraisers to help pay for books, classroom supplies, and many other daily needs that teachers have been forced to pay for themselves.

Gabrielle recently released her New York times bestselling memoir, "We’re Going to Need More Wine," which features a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. The memoir was named a “Best Book of the Year by a Black Author” by The Root.

Gabrielle also currently serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena and is featured in its national television and print campaigns. She has been acting as spokesperson since 2004.

Coming up, Gabrielle and her husband, Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade, will star on HGTV's new series "Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Project." The series will follow the power couple as they renovate, revitalize, and resell a home in a suburban Florida neighborhood.

“Gabrielle Union was a total smash— she was smart and funny and the event was a huge success.”

North Carolina A&T State University

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