Eva Jacqueline Longoria Parker (born March 15, 1975) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and television actress. She rose to fame by playing Isabella Braña Williams on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. She now plays Gabrielle Solis in the ABC television series Desperate Housewives, and stars in the film Over Her Dead Body. She has also become a nationally recognized model after appearing in several high-profile advertising campaigns and numerous men's magazines, reaching #14 in the FHM "Sexiest Women 2008" poll. Longoria is also known for her high profile relationship with NBA guard Tony Parker, whom she married in 2007.
She is the youngest of four daughters. The family lived and worked on farmland that had been handed down to them from past generations, but they often had very little money; Enrique and Ella struggled for many years to give their children a decent upbringing. Longoria showed viewers an introspect into the hardship she faced in her formative years growing up poor on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006; she took cameras on location to the family farm, and showed how spartan they were still living. Longoria admitted that only when she made it in show business did things begin to look better for them financially. In an interview with Dateline's Stone Phillips, Longoria also revealed the snubbing she received from her siblings. She said "I grew up as the ugly duckling. They used to call me 'la prieta fea,' which means 'the ugly dark one.'
Longoria originally wanted to be a fashion model and sent in photos to a modelling agency but was declined because of her height. Longoria attended Marvin P. Baker Middle School and later Roy Miller High School, receiving her Bachelor of 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, Longoria entered a talent contest that led her to Los Angeles; shortly after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent.
Shortly after her debut on Desperate Housewives, Longoria starred in a poorly received direct-to-video film titled Carlita's Secret, for which she was also co-producer. In 2005, she was rewarded for her performance as Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives when she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy along with her co-stars. Even though neither Longoria nor any of the rest of the cast won, she was awarded the ALMA Award and named entertainer of the year. She also starred opposite Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland in the 2006 thriller The Sentinel, which was her first major role in a theatrical movie. In her most recently released film, Harsh Times, she plays the character Sylvia and co-stars with actors Freddy Rodriguez and Christian Bale.
Longoria continues to be included in lists of Hollywood's Most Beautiful and was listed #1 in Maxim's Hottest Female Stars of 2005 and 2006, becoming the first woman to top the list in two consecutive years. She was ranked #9 in the magazine's Hot 100 of 2007 list. In honor of Maxim's 100th issue in 2006, Longoria was featured on a 75-by-110-foot vinyl mesh replica of its January 2005 cover located in the Las Vegas, Nevada desert.
On November 30, 2006, she became engaged to Spurs point guard Tony Parker. The couple were officially married on July 7, 2007, because French law requires couples who marry to make their vows official at a city hall. They had their lavish church wedding on July 7, 2007, in Paris. Their marriage had its first ordeal when the French model Alexandra Paressant claimed to have had an affair with Parker.
Longoria owns a house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Dell neighborhood that she purchased in 2006 for $3.6 million.
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|2002||Won||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama||The Young and the Restless|
|2006||Won||ALMA Awards||Person of the Year|| |
|2007||Won||Bambi Award||TV Series International||Desperate Housewives|
|2005||Nominated||DVD Exclusive Awards||Best Actress (in a DVD Premiere Movie)||Carlita's Way|
|2006||Nominated||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy||Desperate Housewives|
|2005||Nominated||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Actress - Television||Desperate Housewives|
|2007||Nominated||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Actress - Television||Desperate Housewives|
|2007||Won||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Female TV Star|| |
|2005||Won||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)|
|2006||Won||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)|
|2007||Nominated||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)|
|2008||Nominated||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)|
|2005||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Desperate Housewives|
|Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female||Desperate Housewives|
|2006||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||TV - Choice Actress: Comedy||Desperate Housewives|
|2007||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||TV - Choice Actress: Comedy||Desperate Housewives|