Gabrielle Allyse Reece, American professional Volleyball Player, Fashion Model, Television Celebrity was born on 6th January, 1970 at La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA. Her parents are Robert Reece and Terry Glynn. Reece gained numerous awards and earned a scholarship and majored in Communications in 1991 from Florida State University, Tallahassee. After graduation, Reece played on professional volleyball tours for several years. Reece began her modeling career while attending FSU. In 1989 she was named by Elle as one of the five most beautiful women in the world. On November 30, 1997, Gabrielle married the Hawaiian big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Reece co-wrote a book with Karen Karbo about her life as a pro athlete entitled Big Girl in the Middle, published by Crown (1997).
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