Eva Longoria: Snapshot

Name
Eva Longoria
Date of Birth
March 15, 1975
Birth Place
Corpus Christi, Texas
The exact moment Eva Longoria became the country's water-cooler topic can be easily pinpointed: It happened when her Desperate Housewives character, Gabrielle Solis, seduced her teen gardener in the first season.

Soon after, Longoria appeared on the cover of nearly every women's and men's magazine, which blew her up – literally! – with a cover of Maxim that one could reportedly see from outer space. But it was the actress's fairy tale wedding to NBA player Tony Parker in 2007 that really grabbed headlines, with the pair tying the knot twice in Parker's native France.

Three years after their lavish nuptials, the Desperate Housewife filed for divorce from the San Antonio Spur in November 2010. Following the split, Longoria has romanced Penélope Cruz's brother Eduardo, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Ernesto Arguello, a contestant from her short-lived NBC dating show, Ready for Love.

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Eva Longoria: Five Fun Facts

  1. Eva Longoria learned to shoot at age 4, hunting deer, turkey, quail and wild pigs on her family's Texas ranch.
  2. Eva Longoria's grandmother disapproves of her Desperate Housewives sex scenes, yelling at her after watching her lusty rendezvous with the teenage gardener played by Jesse Metcalfe.
  3. The youngest of four sisters, Eva Longoria says she was called "la prieta faya" or "the ugly dark one" as a child.
  4. In 2006, Eva Longoria stirred up controversy when she told Allure that she's "the experienced one" in her relationship with Tony Parker: "I'm the teacher, especially about love."
  5. A longtime pal of Dancing with the Stars' Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria broke the rules against endorsing a contestant when she showed up as an audience member wearing a homemade bedazzled "Vote for Mario" T-shirt.

Eva Longoria: Biography

1998

Eva Longoria

March

Little Miss Sunshine

Longoria wins her hometown's Miss Corpus Christi beauty pageant and a chance to compete in a L.A. talent show, which she wins. She stays in L.A., works a job as a corporate headhunter and continues to audition.

2001

Eva Longoria

May 18

Will Act for Minimum Wage

After guest spots on Beverly Hills, 90210 and General Hospital, Longoria gets her first recurring role as Isabella on The Young and the Restless. The character, which she plays for two years, is eventually sent to an insane asylum. "It was, like, almost minimum wage," Longoria tells L.A.'s Daily News of the daytime soap's pay scale. "But I had a great time on it, and it obviously led me to better things." In 2003, she leaves Y&R to join the second season of ABC's short-lived series, L.A. Dragnet.

2004

Eva Longoria

October 03

Saucy Road to Stardom

With her role as Gabrielle Solis on the instantly successful Desperate Housewives, Longoria becomes a household name. She tells PEOPLE, "Yesterday I went to the grocery store. I'd come from the set, so I was in full hair and makeup, and I just wanted to go home. Four women stopped me in the poultry aisle, and they were like, 'Aren't you on that show?' Because I'm so interested right now in what everybody thinks about the show, I probably kept them 20 minutes. They were like, 'Oh my God, that happened to me!'"

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Photo Credits

Top Left: ANDREW ECCLES/ABC

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Splash News; CBS/Reuters/Landov; Moshe Brakha/ABC

Edited by Julia Wang

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