Former Top Model-turned-actress, Eva Marcille
) has a lot to celebrate in 2009. The actress has been given a promotion at work -- and she's about to take a walk down the aisle.
|Marcille, with fiancé Lance Gross|
Marcille's boyfriend, Lance Gross, proposed to Marcille on Christmas Eve. According to Us Weekly
, Gross popped the question with a three-carat Pavé Cartier ring.
Marcille and Gross have been dating since mid-2007 when the pair met on the set of the television show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne
. Ironically, the pair's characters were also dating. Gross accompanied Marcille along the Red Carpet at last year's Daytime Emmys.
The couple is considering a summer 2010 wedding.
Meanwhile, Marcille's professional life is also on the upswing. The actress recently signed a long-term contract with The Young and the Restless. Marcille joined the cast of the top-rated CBS soap in June 2008, but made a storyline-dictated exit in August
. The actress returned two months later. This week Marcille earned a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series at the NAACP's Image Awards.
Marcille rose to fame in 2004 as the winner of the third cycle of the reality series America's Next Top Model
. Marcille, then known as Eva Pigford, had worked in an Atlanta department star before the show thrust her into the spotlight.
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