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Gabrielle Union tells Oprah: I was a mean girl

 

Gabrielle Union has a secret. She wasn’t a very nice kid. Dwyane Wade’s main squeeze appears 10 p.m. Sunday night on Oprah’s Next Chapter. The show brings together Union along with three other leading ladies, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard and Phylicia Rashad, to talk about the challenges of being a black actress in Hollywood.

“I was a mean girl from about 8 years old,” said Union, who was born in Omaha, where she spent a few formative years. She and her family moved to California at the age of 8, which may have, um, calmed her spirit.

After ‘Burn’

Burn Notice may be ending after seven seasons, but Jeffrey Donovan has a lot of other things going on. The actor, 45, is embracing his new role as dad to his six-month-old daughter.

“I’m a happy new father, and it’s the most amazing experience,” says the former party boy. “I highly recommend it — with the right woman!” That would be wife, model Michelle Woods, more than half his age.

The family of three spent Donovan’s first Father’s Day at a local beach so the baby could experience the ocean, he told People. The small-screen spy dished that after the USA Network show wraps next month, he and Michelle will take a proper honeymoon. “When we come back it’ll be family time.”

Madeleine Marr

Beauty tips

Recently in town to toast the launch of ESPA’s newest collection — Lifestage — we chatted up ESPA founder Sue Harmsworth on how to snag kissably soft skin in a snap. With over 40 years of experience in the beauty realm, Harmsworth is touted for being one of the greatest natural skincare line innovators.

One of her biggest tips for summertime? “Moisturizer is key. Simply said, a good moisturizer stops moisture from coming out.”

Good skin starts within, says Harmsworth. “Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.”

Maria Tettamanti

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