People en Español names Longoria one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. The actress tells the magazine, "I can't wait to start a family, win an Oscar, do more charity work, change the world and help with the immigration laws."
Longoria receives her first major award, winning Favorite Female TV Star for her role on Desperate Housewives at the 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards. She says in her acceptance speech, "If it wasn't for the people, I'd never win an award."
Longoria and Parker mail Eiffel Tower-shaped save-the-date cards to announce their July 7 wedding in Paris. Longoria says she's most excited about her dress and hopes friend Kenny Chesney will sing at the wedding in the April issue of Cosmopolitan. In May, the actress makes PEOPLE's 100 Most Beautiful list and is photographed without makeup.
After making their union legal at Paris' city hall, Longoria, 32, and Parker, 25, marry in a big church wedding in front of 250 guests, including Housewives costars Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, Sheryl Crow and Jessica Alba. The ceremony was followed by a lavish reception in a chateau near Paris. The actress also changes her name to Eva Longoria Parker.
A year into her marriage, Longoria Parker sparks pregnancy rumors when she is spotted flaunting a fuller figure while sunbathing during a European vacation. But her rep denies the reports, saying that the star gained weight for her role on Desperate Housewives. "She's just fat, that's all there is to it!" costar Felicity Huffman later jokes to PEOPLE.
With her marriage officially over, Longoria spends quality time with Penélope Cruz's younger brother Eduardo Cruz, with whom she's spotted in Hollywood and Miami. "The only thing I will say is I was very lucky to find Edu," she tells Spanish Vanity Fair. After a year of dating, the pair calls it quits in March 2012.
After eight drama-filled seasons, Longoria bids adieu to her star-making role on Desperate Housewives. "Most of my favorite memories about the show have to do with sitting in my trailer with Marcia [Cross] or Felicity [Huffman] and talking about life," she tells EW.
After sparking rumors of a romance over the summer, Longoria is spotted holding hands with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, and later confirms their relationship to Extra. "We're happy just dating," she tells host and good pal Mario Lopez. A month later, the pair parts ways.
Though her NBC dating show, Ready for Love, is quickly canceled, the project leads Longoria to a new romance with contestant Ernesto Arguello, a Miami-based entrepreneur and philanthropist. "I think that's why our relationship is so special – we truly started as friends," she tells PEOPLE. But just weeks after going public, the couple, who dated for nearly four months, calls it quits.
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