Born Eva Jacqueline Longoria on March 15, 1975 in Corpus Christi,
Texas, the future star of Desperate
Housewives and Hollywood movies grew up on her parents' ranch as the youngest of
beautiful, with intelligence to match, Longoria later attended
Texas A&M University in Kingsville.
she entered and won the Miss Corpus Christi USA contest. This
soon led to an acting career in Los Angeles where - following
a brief stint at stage acting - she joined the cast of the TV
soap opera hit, The Young and the Restless playing Isabella
two years on the show, Longoria gained a cult following among
the show's many fans as well as an ALMA
Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama.
bid for movie stardom in 2003 saw her appearing beside James Cahill
in the forgettable Snitch'd, followed by her breakthrough
performance on the small screen as Gabrielle
Solis in the TV mega-hit, Desperate Housewives the
With co-star Jesse Metcalfe
in "Desperate Housewives."
Longoria's other film roles include co-starring role alongside
Bale in the indie film "Harsh Times" in 2006. That same
year, she played the role of a Secret Service agent in "The
Sentinel", starring Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and
Kim Bassinger. In
2008 she also took the starring role in the film comedy "Over
Her Dead Body".
Her next appearance on the big screen was in 2012 when she co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton in "The Baytown Outlaws", followed by co-starring role with actor Ed Harris in the Western drama "Frontera" in 2014. That same year, the actress next returned to television as recurring character Sophie Perez in the Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine starring SNL alum Andy Samberg.
Her next foray into television will be in 2015 with the lead role in "Telenovela". The NBC comedy follows a Latin soap opera actress with an off-camera life that rivals the drama of her onscreen persona.
Along with being named
as one of People's "50 Most Beautiful", Longoria has also been signed as a Pepsi spokesperson. and more famously as the face of L'Oreal.
marriage to actor Tyler
Christopher ended in divorce in 2005. After subsequently
dating San Antonio Spurs basketball star player Tony Parker, the couple suddenly announced their engagement in late November 2006. The couple were later married in Parker's native France in a very lavish French chateau ceremony in July 2007. The couple's much-publicized storybook wedding was followed by divorce three years later.
Since then, Longoria has been romantically linked to Spanish musician Eduardo Cruz, as well as football star Mark Sanchez, and Televisa president Jose Antonio Baston.