Eva Longoria
Birth Date:
March 15, 1975
Birth Place:
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
5' 1
Roy Miller High School
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First noticed while playing psychotic Isabella Braña Williams on the long-running daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” (CBS, 2001-2003), Eva Longoria earned even more recognition, thanks to the portrayal of trophy wife Gabrielle Solis on ABC's worldwide hit series “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2012). She picked up two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Teen Choice Award, a Bambi Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her work on the series. She has appeared on “L.A. Dragnet” (2003-2004), “Carlita's Secret” (2004), “Hustler's Instinct” (2005), “Harsh Times” (2005), “The Sentinel” (2006), “The Heartbreak Kid” (2007), “Over Her Dead Body” (2008),  “Lower Learning” (2008), “Without Men” (2011), “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada” (2012), “The Baytown Outlaws” (2012), “A Dark Truth” (2012) and recently starred opposite Amanda Crew, Zach Gilford, Aly Michalka and Virginia Madsen in “Crazy Kind of Love” (2013). She will appear in the upcoming drama film “Frontera” (2014).  

5' 1" tall, brown-haired and brown-eyed Latin beauty, who was named Miss Corpus Christi USA in 1998 and was one of People en Español’s 25 Most Beautiful People in 2003, topped Maxim Magazine's list of Hottest Female Stars of 2005 and 2006, becoming the first woman to top the list in two consecutive years. In 2005, she became the new face of cosmetics giant L'oreal.

On a more private note, Longoria has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage to  “General Hospital” star Tyler Christopher lasted from 2002 to 2004, while her next marriage to  San Antonio Spurs player was from 2007 to 2011. She was romantically linked to former NSYNC member J.C. Chasez (born on August 8, 1976), actor Hayden Christensen, “24” star Butch Klien, Screen Actors Guild president Sid Laura Horowitz, successful writer Milan Gracanin, and “Life As We Know It” star Sean Faris.

Prieta Fea

Childhood and Family:

"I grew up as an ugly duckling. They used to call me prieta fea, because I was the only one of my family's four girls with dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin. Growing up I was the ugly one, because I was the odd one." Eva Longoria.

In Corpus Christi, Texas, Eva Jacqueline Longoria was born on March 15, 1975, to Mexican American parents Enrique Longoria Jr., who was in the Army, and Ella Eva Mireles, who was a special education teacher. The youngest daughter of the family, Eva has three older sisters: Elizabeth, Emily and Esmeralda. Eva, who grew up on the family ranch, was an ugly duckling as a kid. Her family nicknamed her prieta fea (means ugly dark one) because she was the only daughter with dark hair, dark eyes and dark skin.

Eva attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. During that time, she also began acting on stage in university theater productions. Later, in May 2013, she received her master's degree in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge.  

Eva married “General Hospital” star Tyler Christopher on January 20, 2002, but they later divorced in 2004. She then married Spurs point guard Tony Parker in a civil service on July 6, 2007 and in a Catholic wedding ceremony at the Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois Church in Paris on July 7, 2007. She filed for divorce from Parker in Los Angeles on November 17, 2010, citing “irreconcilable differences”, while Parker filing divorce from her in Bexar County, Texas on November 19, 2010. The divorce was finalized in Texas on January 28, 2011.   

Young and the Restless


"God blessed me with some great, unique features-some beautiful, in my eyes, and some not so beautiful. But I think we are all created this way for a reason, so I have no desire to tamper with that." Eva Longoria.

Transforming into a stunning young woman, Eva Longoria began modeling and joining beauty pageants in her home state of Texas. She was crowned Miss Corpus Christi, USA in 1998 and won an Infinity Model Search contest, where she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent. Soon afterward, Longoria landed small parts on the small screen. She was seen in an episode of such TV hits series “Beverly Hills, 90210” (FOX, 2000, as a flight attendant), "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS) and "General Hospital" (ABC, 2000). After some guest appearances, Longoria was eventually cast as psychotic Isabella Braña Williams on the long-running daytime soap opera, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS, 2001-2003), which earned her an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama in 2002.

Meanwhile, TV viewers saw Longoria hosted syndicated talent show “The Talent Agency” (2003) and performed in a critically acclaimed comedy/variety show, “Hot Tamales Live.” He also nabbed her first regular series role as Detective Gloria Duran on ABC’s “L.A. Dragnet” (opposite Ed O'Neill, 2002-2004). The modern-day take on the classic police drama was later canceled in April 2004.

"As soon as I read the script I knew it was pretty special. The creator of the show asked what I thought of the writing as a whole. I told him I had no idea because I'd only read my part. He laughed and told me I'd got the job. He thought my answer was completely Gabrielle." Eva Longoria (on how she got the part as Gabrielle Solis).

2004 proved to be Longoria’s big break. That year, she signed on to the worldwide break-out ABC hit “Desperate Housewives,” portraying Gabrielle Solis, the ex-model with a rich husband, a big house and a bad marriage. Despite coming from an unwanted spec script written by Chuck Pratt (“Melrose Place”) and Marc Cherry (“The Golden Girls”), the dark comedy series, which follows the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, has taken many in Hollywood by surprise. During the premiere of the series, more than 21 million people watched, skyrocketing it to the top ranking new show of the season. It became an overnight sensation and Longoria's career was well and absolutely elevated. The show was highly praised and was nominated five Golden Globes, including Best Television Series-Comedy. Longoria also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and won two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (in 2005 and 2006), a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female (in 2005) and a Bambi Award for TV Series International (in 2007). Other lead actresses of the series, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan, also received Golden Globe nominations.

“I'm totally blown away by the success of “Desperate Housewives”…It literally did happen overnight.” Eva Longoria (on her success from “Desperate Housewives”).

During her stint in the ABC’s runaway hit soap, Longoria also appeared in a poorly received Direct-to-video film, “Señorita Justice” (2004), and starred on CBS supernatural mystery movie “The Dead Will Tell” (2004, alongside Anne Heche). She also played the title role of a young girl who dreams of becoming a Broadway dancer, in director George Cotayo's film “Carlita's Secret” (2004, she also co-produced). She also made her theater debut in the popular farce, "What the Rabbi Saw" in 2004. In the following year, Longoria appeared in writer-director Umberto González's 17-minute movie, “Hustler's Instinct,” and writer-director David Ayer's tough-minded indie drama, “Harsh Times” (starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez).

In 2006, Longoria and her boyfriend Tony Parker appeared on "The Interview with Ryan Seacrest" on E!, where she has stated: “I don't want to be on “7th Heaven” -- on for 20 years and no one's really watching and it's hanging on by a thread.” Longoria has stated many times that she will not renew her “Desperate Housewives” contract when it is up because she wants to pursue career at the film industry.

Longoria’s wish came true when she snagged her first major role in a Theatrical Movie, as Jill Marin, a tough, sassy and ambitious young agent, in the 2006 espionage thriller “The Sentinel.” In the director Clark Johnson's adaptation of Gerald Petievich's novel, Longoria shared the screen with Hollywood A-listers Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland, both of whom were impressed with Longoria’s shooting skills on the set.

Longoria continued to appear in films like a remake of “The Heartbreak Kid” (2007, starred Ben Stiller), “Over Her Dead Body” (2008, starred with Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs, Lindsay Sloane, Ali Hillis, Colin Fickes and Stephen Root), “Lower Learning” (2008, starred with Jason Biggs and Rob Corddry), and “Without Men” (2011), where she was nominated for an Imagen Award in the category of Best Actress/Feature Film for her role as Rosalba. She provided the voice of Chief De Silva in the animated film “Arthur Christmas” (2011), which starred the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.

2012 saw Longoria play roles on “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”, an epic historical war/drama film directed by Dean Wright and written by Michael Love, based on the true story of the Cristero War, which starred Longoria, along with Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Rubén Blades, Peter O'Toole, and Bruce Greenwood, “The Baytown Outlaws”, an action/comedy film directed by Barry Battles in his directorial debut, and written by Battles and Griffin Hood, and the Damien Lee action/thriller “A Dark Truth”, which premiered at the 2012 Boston Film Festival and later released theatrically in the United States on January 4, 2013. Her voice could be heard in “Foodfight!”, which also featured the voices of Charlie Sheen, Wayne Brady and Hilary Duff.

In 2013, Longoria played the supporting role of Marley Wiener in the drama film “Crazy Kind of Love”, an adaptation of the 1995 novel “Angel Angel” by April Stevens. Longoria, who has started her producing career since early 2000s, also served as executive producer on the television series “ Ready for Love”, “Devious Maids” (pilot), “Mother Up!” and the documentary series “Food Chains” (all 2013).    

Longoria will star opposite Michael Peña, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan in the upcoming drama film “Frontera” (2014), helmed by Michael Berry.


Bambi: TV Series International, “Desperate Housewives”, 2007
People's Choice: Favorite Female TV Star, 2007
ALMA: Person of the Year, 2006
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Desperate Housewives,” 2006
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Desperate Housewives,” 2005
Teen Choice: Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female, “Desperate Housewives”, 2005
ALMA: Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama, “The Young and the Restless,” 2002 Show Less
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