Eva Longoria Parker was born Eva Jacqueline Longoria in Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 15, 1975, the youngest of 4 sisters.
Surprisingly, she was considered the "ugly duckling" of her family -- her siblings would tease her because she was the only one with dark eyes, dark hair and dark skin. She was brought up on her family's Corpus Christie ranchRanch, her father was a hunter and she has been practicing shooting her entire life.
She attended Marvin P. Baker Middle School and later Roy Miller High School, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology at nearby Texas A&M University-Kingsville. During this time, she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, USA in 1998. After completing college, Eva entered a talent contest that led her to Los Angeles; shortly after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent. With many family members still living in Corpus Christi, she still returns to her hometown for frequent visits.
Her agent got her an audition for the comedic play 'What the Rabbi Saw', and she obtained a role. After a string of performances in this show, she landed a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 2000.
Still trying to make it, Eva Longoria got her first big break in 2001. She landed a spot on the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless as Isabella Brana Williams. During her two years on the show, Eva won an ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama.
Stardom in Desperate Housewives
With The Young And Restless exposure serving as a very timely career boost, Eva's path to stardom began to become easier, albeit after a bumpy start when she appeared in the film Snitch'd in 2003, a total failure of a film about two rival gangs in Santa Ana, California. Things very soon began to take off in a serious way after Eva starred in and co-produced the hit live show Hot Tamales Live: Spicy, Hot and Hilarious. This variety show was a hit on both national and pay per view television.
Though the future was unclear when Eva Longoria first auditioned for Desperate Housewives, her success was clear when the show debuted on ABC in October 2004. The scandalous prime-time satire about the scandal-laced lives of a group of sexy ladies in the suburbs attracted audiences immediately and Eve, in particular, was a big hit playing the seductive Gabrielle Solis. She joined stars such as Teri Hatcher and Nicollette Sheridan but it was Eva who took center stage as the hottest of the hot housewives. Her star was now shining brightly.
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Meanwhile, on the personal front, Eva had married Tyler Christopher (of General Hospital fame) in 2002. During their brief marriage (they divorced in 2004), Eva's career reached new heights. In 2003, she landed the role of Detective Gloria Duran
During the Desperate Housewives's first successful season in 2004, Eva divorced her first husband, fellow soap opera star Tyler Christopher, and hooked up with former 'N Sync star JC Chasez. As attention focused on Eva and her love life, publications began heaping on the praise: TV Guide and USA Today hyped her as a "hot new face of fall 2004," Maxim listed her as part of its "Hot 100" for 2004, and People en Espanol named her one of its "25 Most Beautiful People." In 2007, the stars of Desperate Housewives each renewed their contracts with ABC for four years, worth $40 million. In November 2007, Longoria won a Bambi award in Germany for best TV Actress.
Also that year, Eva became the face of Bebe Sport while also working for L'Oreal and Hanes. She also married NBA superstar Tony Parker. And with Desperate Housewives still going strong in 2008, she landed the No. 29 spot on AskMen.com's Most Desirable Women of 2008 list.
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Some Eva Quotes
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.
"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" On how she got the part as Gabrielle Solis
I didn't really blossom until my mid teens and by that time I had to work on my personality to make people like me. I found it easy to make people laugh and I was always pretty popular
I love being a woman. I love the sexiness we get to exude. But the best thing about being a woman is the power we have over men.
I love men, I love being in love and having romantic dates
"I'm a fabulous date, I make sure I look good, I like hearing what a guy has to say and I make sure the evening is a real laugh. I like to laugh." On going out on a date.
I'm a late bloomer, my looks came pretty late and success happened at the age of 30. But I'm pleased about things not coming to me immediately because it makes you appreciate it when you finally get it
I'm definitely no Bridget Jones. I don't believe in that whole 'oh there are no decent men out there' thing. Get real girls- there are loads of gorgeous guys on every street corner
"I'm totally blown away by the success of _"Desperate Housewives" (2004)_.
"It literally did happen overnight" On her success from "Desperate Housewives" (2004).
"That whole T-Shirt thing was just a bit of a joke. I did it for a laugh. I never expected my picture to be on the front pages of newspapers and magazines all over the world. It was just something me and my girlfriends thought was funny." On wearing the 'I'll have your baby Brad' T-Shirt.
"I do like British guys. If I had to pick one it would be Ewan McGregor. I met him once and he was gorgeous even if he is a little short. He has the most amazing charisma".
It would be nice to go out on a date with Brad Pitt but I'm not going to cry about it. There are plenty of other guys out there.
I don't agree with all the boundaries we put on everything. Women are forever discounting men for all sorts of silly reasons - too old, too young, wrong haircut. Give the guy a chance and he may surprise you. I've definitely been pleasantly surprised by my choices and I've always had plenty of choice.
"Believe me, I would shout it from the highest mountain. I married before when I was too young and eloped to Vegas. This time I'd love to have an engagement and a big wedding and do it properly." On marrying again
Surely there are more beautiful women in the world. I can name 10.
"I'm like "Blanche" on "The Golden Girls" (1985). I have a good head on my shoulders but, once in a while, a man will come and knock the sense out of me".
I've always been desperate to be a pussycat. And here I am, a bona fide, show- stopping pussycat.
I hate the kissing...we don't talk about it because it's just not a comfortable thing to talk about. - On why she doesn't discuss her on-screen kisses with Tony Parker
The Desperate Housewives
Sexy Scene From Desperate Housewives
On March 1, 2008, Eva endorsed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. She later co-hosted a town hall meeting with Clinton in Texas on March 3, a day before that state's primary.
Longoria founded Eva's Heroes a charity which helps developmentally disadvantaged children. She signed shoes for the Spirit of Women Red Shoe Celebrity Auction. Longoria also supports the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Stroke Association, Project HOME and St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
Favorite basketball team: The San Antonio Spurs. Favorite player: Tony Parker.
Is of Mexican descent.
Signed up to be the new L'Oreal image for 1 million pounds. 
Is the only one among her parents' children to have dark skin, dark eyes, and dark hair. Her three sisters all have fair hair, blue eyes, and Caucasian skin color. Eva thought for a long time that she was adopted because of her features.
Named #1 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Was named one of the "50 mas bellos" (50 most beautiful people) by People en Español (2005).
Was a dancer with The Pussycat Dolls.
Accidentally hit on the head by a falling pole on the set of her series "Desperate Housewives" (2004) and was unconscious for four minutes. Taken to a hospital, treated for a bump on the head and released. [August 18, 2005]
Lives in L.A.
One of her cousins works at a post office in New Jersey.
Plans to open her own restaurant called Por Fin, meaning At Last, sometime between October and November of 2006.
Was the cover girl of the 100th edition of Maxim magazine. [April 2006]
She fell down some stairs on the set of "Desperate Housewives" (2004). Her ribs were very bruised. [October 2006]
Named #13 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Her surname, Longoria, comes from the old Asturian (Spanish) noble surname; de Longoria, from a branch settled on Nueva España, now Mexico, in the XVIIth century, becoming rich farmers.
Of the four leading actresses of "Desperate Housewives" (2004), she is the only one not to receive an Emmy nomination for her performance on the show.
Was chosen by Australian men's magazine Zoo weekly as one of the "Top 50 Hottest Babes Ever" in March 2006.
Is the only woman to be ranked #1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list twice. (2005 and 2006).
Ranked #1 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Ranked #1 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2006 list.
Ranked #9 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Close friend of Mario López since 1992. He escorted her mother down the aisle at Eva's wedding to Tony Parker.
She was July on FHM magazine's 2005 pinup calendar (2005).
Following French law, she first married Tony Parker in a civil ceremony, held by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë, on 6 July 2007 before exchanging vows in a religious ceremony at the Eglise Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois in Paris one day later. The wedding reception was held at the Vaux-le-Vicomte castle, with about 200 guests including the San Antonio Spurs team, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Thierry Henry, and Victoria Beckham.
Her wedding dress for her civil ceremony was designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
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