Eva Jacqueline Longoria’s ethnic background is essentially Mexican, however genealogical studies on her ethnicity revealed that she has European, Amerindian and to a lesser degree African bloodlines.
She was born to Enrique and Ella Longaria nee Mireles on the 13th March 1975. She is the youngest of four daughters and was always considered the ‘ugly duckling’ of the family because she looked different from her siblings who have more European features, whereas she had dark skin, dark hair and dark eyes.
Eva was an intelligent person. She attended the A&M University, Kingsville where she gained a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology which broadly speaking is a study of body movements. Whilst still at University she entered and won the Miss Corpus Christi USA beauty contest in1998. She late entered a talent contest which led her to Los Angeles, California where she was spotted by a theatrical agent.
In her first television role she was cast as the psychotic, Isabella Brane Williams in the daytime production ‘The young and the restless’, a role which she played for three years. She continued to be involved in many other projects until she landed the role of Gabrielle Solis in the hit television show ‘Desperate Housewives’. Leading up to that juncture she had been making slow but steady progress for ten years and in her opinion the success that she is now enjoying is due.
Along with her co-stars, in 2006 she was nominated ‘Best performance by an actress in a television series by Golden Globe Award. Between 2002 and 2009 she has been nominated nineteen times, seven of which were successful.
In 2002 she met and married Tyler Christopher a star of the daytime show ‘General Hospital’. That marriage ended in divorce two years later. In 2006 age 29 years, she married the basketball player Tony Parker who is 7 years her junior in Paris, France on the 7th July 2007 which is where she said she would like to go to live at the end of her acting career.
Eva has advertising contracts with several large companies promoting their produces including L’Oreal, Heineken, Magnum Ice Cream and others.
She is also using her influence and high profile status to raise awareness of various charitable organisations. She founded ‘Eva’s Heroes’, they are a group which help children with learning difficulties, she is the National spokes person for PADRES Contra El Cancer, a member of the ‘Home Project of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital’ and many more. In 2009 she appeared on ‘Fort Boyard’ and raised twenty thousand Euros, which she donated to the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’.
Eva Longoria is not just a pretty face, not just an actress; she is also a highly successful business woman. In 2008 she opened her first restaurant in West Hollywood with business partner Todd English and another in Las Vegas in 2009. Watch this space, no doubt there is still much more yet to come from the ‘Not Such An Ugly Ducking’ before this beautiful lady finally calls it quits.