Eva Longoria

Ms. Eva Jacqueline Longoria was born in 1975.  Longoria originally wanted to be a model, but after being told her height was not desirable she pursued other endeavors. While she was in college a theatrical agent spotted her and signed her up as talent for his agency.

Longoria’s first appearance on television was a guest-starring role on the show Beverly Hills 90201.   She also had a guest appearance on the soap General Hospital and it was this appearance that launched her career in television.  Then in 2001, she joined the cast of the soap opera The Young and the Restless as Isabella Braña Williams.

After her two-year run on The Young and the Restless, Longoria appeared in 2003 on the crime drama series Dragnet. Dragnet was cancelled shortly into its second season.  Following this show, in 2004, Longoria appeared in the direct-to-video film Senorita Justice and the television movie The Dead Will Tell.  Neither of these two roles were well-received by critics.

The pinnacle of Longoria’s career came in 2004 when she joined the cast of the ABC smash-hit, Desperate Housewives as the adultress Gabrielle Solis, one of the four main central characters of the series.  Desperate Housewives has been nominated and awarded with many Emmys, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards just to name a few.   Longoria was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2005 for “Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series”, an Imagen Award in 2005/2007 for “Best Television Actress”, a People’s Choice Award in 2007/2009 for “Favorite Television Actress.”  She won two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2005/2006 for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” (shared with her cast) and a People’s Choice Award in 2007 for “Favorite Female TV Star.”

During her run on Desperate Housewives, Longoria appeared as a guest star on shows such as George Lopez in 2006 and Children’s Hospital in 2008.  She also had roles in films such as Harsh Times in 2005, The Sentinel in 2006 and The Heartbreak Kid in 2007.  In the year 2008 she headlined in the comedy film, Over Her Dead Body as Kate, the ghost of a bride-to-be who has unfinished business with her fiance.

Outside of her career, Longoria opened a restaurant in Hollywood with Todd English in 2008 called Beso.  In 2009 another Beso was opened in Las Vegas and for the restaurant to blend with the Vegas lifestyle they added a nightclub.  In 2011 Longoria published a cookbook entitled “Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends.”  Then in 2010, Longoria launched her own fragrance line, Eva by Eva Longoria.

Longoria founded her own charity called Eva’s Heroes in 2006.  The charity is designed to help developmentally disabled children.  Longoria is also the national spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cancer (Parents Against Cancer).  Longoria received an ALMA Award for “Person of the Year” in 2006, and was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Hollywood Reporter in 2009.Long

Longoria is currently in production on the film Cristiada for 2011 and Baytown Disco set for 2012.  She is on the 8th season with Desperate Housewives and this will be the final season for the series.

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