This Day in Black History: Oct. 29, 1972

Actor Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

Posted: 10/29/2013 12:00 AM EDT

Gabrielle Union, the lead character in BET Networks new original scripted series Being Mary Jane, was born on Oct. 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, but grew up in Pleasanton, California.

While a student at UCLA, from which she graduated with honors with a degree in sociology, and thinking about law school, Union interned at a local modeling agency during her junior year. For her it was an opportunity to earn extra credits, but instead turned into an opportunity enter the field in which she has now grown famous.

In 1996, she got her first modeling job for Teen Magazine and television roles on the teen sitcoms Saved By the Bell and Moesha. Since then, Union has appeared on several films and television programs, including Friends, ER, 7th Heaven, Love and Basketball, She's All That and more.

In Being Mary Jane, Union plays a successful television news anchor juggling work with family and the search for Mr. Right. The New York Daily News called the two-hour movie premier broadcast before the series debuts in January 2014 "freshly poignant" and the Los Angeles Times predicts it will be a "breakout hit."

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