America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 Winner Eva Pigford Marcille Engaged to Actor Lance Gross

Eva Marcille, who won America’s Next Top Model in cycle 3, has announced her engagement to Tyler Perry’s House of Payne star Lance Gross, according to Essence.

“I cried. It was totally unexpected. I’m still in shock,” Marcille (who formerly had the surname Pigford) said. “I could not even sleep because I was afraid that I might wake up from the most beautiful dream ever.”

The couple, who met while working on set together, have been dating since 2007.

“I’m proud to call Lance mine because I was in love with him before we ever met,” she added. “He’s my dream guy.”

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Tyler Perry Becomes First African American To Launch Major Film And TV Studio

Hollywood heavy hitters Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Sidney Poitier were on hand at a huge bash to celebrate and witness the unveiling of filmmaker Tyler Perry’s new multi-million dollar film and television studio in southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

The more than 200,000 square foot production complex is housed in a former Delta Air Lines’ business center and features sound stages named after some of the most influential African American entertainers of the twentieth century -Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Cicely Tyson.

The momentous occasion was marred only slightly by Writers Guild of America picketers outside the celebratory party protesting against the recent firing of four writers from Perry’s TV sitcom House of Payne.

Perry is the first African American to open a major film and television studio and plans to shoot his TBS sitcoms House of Payne and Meet The Browns at the new complex.

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