"Showing the world you're having fun is what makes you stand out." Eva LaRue Callahan.
TV star Eva LaRue Callahan is widely recognized as the ever-professional neurologist Dr. Maria Santos Grey (1993-1997, 2002-2005) on the popular daytime soap “All My Children” and as sexy DNA analyst Natalia Boa Vista (2005-Present) on CBS crime drama “CSI: Miami.” She has hosted shows like Candid Camera, The World's Funniest Videos and Extra!, and starred in TV movies, notably the biographical drama A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995), in which she played the title role. A regular singer who began with singing TV jingles as a child, LaRue has released her own album, Only You.
The 5' 7½" tall Puerto Rican, French, Dutch and Scottish descendant with wide hazel eyes and light brown hair used to model for Fredericks of Hollywood. The exotic beauty was married twice and has one young daughter. Her first husband was actor John O'Hurley, who played J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” and her second husband was her “All My Children” co-star actor John Callahan, who played her on-screen husband Edmund Grey.
Childhood and Family:
In Long Beach, California, Eva Maria LaRuy (later LaRue) was born on December 27, 1966, to parents Marcie and Luis LaRue (divorced). The oldest of three children, LaRue has two sisters: Lara LaRue (younger half-sister; graduated Westminster High School class of 2001) and Nika LaRue (guest stars with her on “CSI: Miami” in the episode “Darkroom” in a story based on Nikka's life), and one brother, Luis LaRue. LaRue is Jane Fonda's third cousin. In 1985, LaRue graduated from Norco Senior High School.
In 1992, Eva married John O'Hurley (born October 9, 1956), who was on “Seinfeld” as J. Peterman and also appeared on "Loving" and "Santa Barbara." She began romancing her “All My Children” co-star actor John Callahan (born December 23, 1953), who played her on-screen husband Edmund Grey. Together, they co-hosted both the Miss America pageant and Lifetime's Weddings of a Lifetime before tying the knot on November 30, 1996 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. They have one daughter together, Kaya McKenna Callahan, born on December 6, 2001. After 8 years of marriage, Eva and John have filed for divorce.
Eva is of Puerto Rican, French, Dutch and Scottish ancestry. She likes to ride horses and she has shown horses for over a decade. She also enjoys Tae Kwon Do. She still lives in New York and spends as much of her free time as she can with her young daughter.
Growing up in California, Eva LaRue Callahan began her show business career at the tender age of 6, starring in television commercials and singing many jingles for them. Finishing high school, she tried her hand in modeling and her sultry good looks and curvaceous figure soon graced a number of print ads and catalogs. She eventually landed a deal with the renowned lingerie label, Frederick’s of Hollywood.
The model also interested in acting and began auditioning for soap operas in the early 1990’s. She appeared in a number of TV shows in the late '80s and early '90s, including “Rags to Riches,” “Charles in Charge,” “Santa Barbara” and “Perfect Strangers.” She was also seen in several forgettable movies during this time, like The Barbarians (1987), Dangerous Curves (1988), Heart Condition (1990), Legal Tender (1991), Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College (1991), Body of Influence (1993) and RoboCop 3 (1993).
In 1993, Eva hit the big time when she won the role of the ever-professional neurologist Dr. Maria Santos Grey on ABC’s long-running daytime soap “All My Children.” She was originally given only a brief stint in the series, but as her performance garnered much attention from fans, she was given a regular schedule in the show. She played the role from 1993 to 1997. The role brought her first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1997.
Meanwhile, Eva began making the gradual transition out of daytime. Alongside John Callahan, she hosted the TV show “Weddings of a Lifetime” in 1995. She also worked as a host on “The World's Funniest Videos” the next year. She also had roles in several made-for-TV movies, most notably the highly-rated biographical drama, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995), in which she played the title role of the movie/TV/pop music idol.
After leaving “All My Children” in 1997, Eva had a guest appearance on “Diagnosis Murder” in 1998, and had a recurring role on the hit drama “Third Watch” from 2000 to 2001. She later returned to “All My Children” in 2002 until 2005, reprising her original role.
On being cast as the former Mouseketeer, Eva said: "I thought 'No way! I look nothing like her.' But I guess I have this blank-canvas face, no features that stand out, so you can make me up to look like anyone. Actually, I've always thought I'd be perfect for the Natalie Wood story."
In 2004, Eva became a weekend anchor of the TV tabloid show Extra! and made a cameo appearance on the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith,” which stars Kelly Ripa. That same year, she won a Gracie Allen Award (for Individual Achievement as Lead Actor in Daytime Drama) for her work on “All My Children” and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her song "Dance Again With You" which was featured on “All My Children.”
The next year in the Fall, Eva was offered to join the cast members of CBS crime drama “CSI: Miami,” playing the regular role of sexy Latina DNA analyst Natalia Boa Vista (2005-Present) who only allowed to work on cold or unsolved cases.
A talented singer, Eva released her first album, Only You, which is for sale exclusively on her website.
Gracie Allen: Individual Achievement for Best Female Lead - Daytime Drama, "All My Children," 2004
ALMA: Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Soap Opera, "All My Children," 1998