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Sunny Mabrey is the American actress who portrays Glinda on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Sunny Mabrey was born in Gadsden, Alabama to Estra Reynolds[1] and Larry Mabrey.[2] At four years old, her family relocated to Rainbow City where she grew up and attended Southside High School as a clarinet player and was a majorette in the Panther Band. She graduated early from high school in 1993 at age seveenteen and was studying at Gadsden State Community College when her potential as a model was encouraged by one of her mother's old classmates. After travelling to Orlando, Florida for a photo shoot, Sunny accepted modeling work in Miami and Paris.[1] She came back to the United States to complete her education, earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Mobile, majoring in theater and minoring in art, and then resumed her modeling career. She was the focus of The Gap's khakis advertisement in a campaign shot by Steven Meisel; one of the world's top fashion photographers, which helped to launch her film career.[3]

Her first movie role was in the 2002 teen comedy film The New Guy, starring DJ Qualls, Elisha Dushku, Zooey Deschanel and Lyle Lovett.[3] Sunny was also in xXx: State of the Union,[3] Snakes on a Plane, A Midsummer Night's Rave, One Last Thing..., San Saba, Not Since You, Repo, The Child and Teacher of the Year. In television, she has had guest roles on The Closer and In Plain Sight, followed up by a recurring role on Memphis Beat in 2010 and a 2009 appearance on Mad Men. Her other television credits through the years have included LateLine, Angel, CSI: Miami, House, Windfall, Final Approach, Without a Trace Monk, Desperate Housewives and Rules of Engagement.[4]

Sunny was formerly married to fellow Once Upon a Time actor Ethan Embry from July 17, 2005 until 2012.[5]


  • Sang for her Gadsden-based church, Dwight Baptist, and also participated in college chorale.[2]
  • Likes writing, doing sketch comedy and playing guitar.[2]
  • Her former band was called The Memory Thief.[2]



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