Eva Jacqueline Longoria born March 15, 1975 is an American actress, best known for portraying Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. Longoria received a nomination for the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Desperate Housewives.
Longoria first became famous on television in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. She became nationally recognized in the 2000s after appearing in several high-profile advertising campaigns and numerous men's magazines, reaching 14 in the FHM "Sexiest Women 2008" poll, and having appeared on the cover of various international women's magazines including Vogue, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
o 2.1 Business activities
o 2.2 Commercials
* 3 Personal life
o 3.1 Relationships
o 3.2 Ancestry
o 3.3 Philanthropy
* 4 Filmography
* 5 Awards and nominations
* 6 References
* 7 External links
 Early life
Eva Jacqueline Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, the daughter of Tejano parents, Enrique Longoria, Jr. and Ella Eva Mireles.She was raised Roman Catholic.Longoria is the youngest of four daughters, her sisters being Elizabeth Judina, Emily Jeannette and Esmeralda Josephina The Longoria family have resided in Texas since before the creation of the United States, predating the English-speaking settlers
Longoria originally wanted to be a fashion model and sent in photos to a modeling agency but was declined because of her height. Longoria attended Marvin P. Baker Middle School and later Roy Miller High School; she subsequently received 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, Longoria entered a talent contest that led her to Los Angeles, California; shortly after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent
Longoria with ex-husband Tony Parker at the 2008 Emmy Awards
Longoria landed her first television role in 2000, guest-starring in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. Another guest appearance in General Hospital the same year brought her big break on the popular American soap opera The Young and the Restless, in which she played psychotic Isabella Braña Williams from 2001 to 2003.
After leaving The Young and the Restless, she was seen on the now-cancelled Dick Wolf revival of Dragnet. Although it lasted only two seasons, the show gave Longoria another leading star credit to her name. Following Dragnet, she starred in two ill-fated productions - Señorita Justice, a poorly received direct-to-video film, and a television film titled The Dead Will Tell.
In 2004, Longoria landed a role that elevated her to the A-List. She starred as adulteress Gabrielle Solis in the worldwide break-out ABC hit Desperate Housewives. As the show became an overnight sensation, Longoria's career was well and truly launched. But she has never considered her career to have jumped off so suddenly: "I think it’s funny when people say I’m an overnight sensation, because I’ve been working at it for 10 years.
At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
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 2006, 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 2006 she played the character Sylvia in Harsh Times starring Freddy Rodriguez and Christian Bale.
She has expressed "confusion" over fellow Housewives actress Nicolette Sheridan's lawsuit against the Desperate Housewives series creator Marc Cherry.
People en Español listed her among its "Most Beautiful People" for 2003. 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 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 23 by 34 m vinyl mesh replica of its January 2005 cover located in a Las Vegas metropolitan area desert.
In January 2007, Longoria was chosen to be the first face of Bebe Sport. She appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 campaign, photographed by Greg Kadel. The actress also holds model contracts with L'Oréal and Hanes, New York & Co. also has a contract with Magnum Ice-Cream,Heineken,and with L'Oréal.She is a part of Microsoft's "I'm A PC" ad campaign,and she and Tony Parker have appeared together in campaigns for London Fog.
In October 2010, it was announced that Longoria would host the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 in Madrid, Spain.
Eva Longoria opened the restaurant Beso in Spanish: "Kiss in Hollywood, along with partner and celebrity chef Todd English, in March 2008. The restaurant is located on Hollywood Boulevard and is accompanied by Kiss, a Victorian-themed nightclub above the restauran The Hollywood Beso was scheduled to be the focus of a pilot episode for a tentative reality series called Beso: Waiting on Fame which would air on VH1 in late 2010.
In 2009, Longoria and various investor-partners opened a Beso restaurant, with a nightclub called Eve above it, in the Crystals retail and entertainment district of CityCenter in Las Vegas.
In 2011, the corporation Beso LLC, owner of the Vegas restaurant-and-nighclub venture, with listed assets of about $2.5 million and Eva Longoria as a 32 percent shareholder, filed for Chapter 11 protection, entering bankrupcy proceedings, in order to restructure nearly $5.7 million in debt and other liabilities Longoria stated she's looking "forward to a more pro-active, hands-on approach in the coming years" with her Las Vegas business interests.
Longoria released the fragrance "EVA by Eva Longoria", a "clean citrus-floral eau de parfum", in April 2010. She stated she wanted a fragrance she could wear: "I am allergic to most fragrances. There was nothing I could wear without my eyes watering, my nose starting to itch or sneezing."
Eva Longoria became a spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris in 2005 and has continued to feature in L'Oreal TV commercials and print ads until the year 2010.
Some L’Oreal TV commercial and print ads include: L'Oreal's Vive Smooth Intense Signature Haircare products 05-06 Couleur Experte All-Over Color hair-color 06-07 L'Oréal Color-Expert France Colour Riche protective lip colour 07-08 Couleur Experte Express multi-tone hair color system 08 Couleur Experte Express multi-tone hair color system 08 L'Oréal Paris' Sublime Bronze Pro-Perfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist 08 Voluminous Mascara & Eyeliner 08-09 , Superior Preference fade Defying hair color 08,09 Preference fade Defying hair color True Match super-blendable compact makeup 09 , EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System for Hair 09 Hydra-Collagen Volumizing Mascara 09 -to-Go- 10 minute haircolour 09 Ideal Skin Genesis complexion equalizer 10 True Match Roller roll on makeup 10 ,True Match Roller roll on makeup with Evangeline Lilly 10 and lastly L'Oreal Paris' "Studio Secrets" Color Smokes Shadows eye color 10
Eva Longoria states that she has found a “generous spirit at L’Oreal. She continues to say “L’Oreal Paris wants beauty to be free, without borders or prejudices….Working together was just meant to be