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Eva Longoria Bio
Eva Longoria (born March 15, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. After a series of guest roles on several television series, Longoria was first recognized for her portrayal of Isabella Braña on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, on which she starred from 2001 to 2003. She is perhaps best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2012, for which she was well received and was the recipient of Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. She has also appeared in Harsh Times (2005), The Sentinel (2006), and Over Her Dead Body (2008). From 2015 to 2016, Longoria starred as Ana Sofia Calderón on the short-lived NBC sitcom Telenovela, and currently serves as an executive producer for the Lifetime television series Devious Maids.
Longoria has also appeared in several advertising campaigns and has been named one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women by several publications, including People en Español and People magazines. She currently holds contracts with L’Oréal, Hanes, and New York & Co, among others.
Longoria landed her first television role in 1999 after meeting Executive Producer Gary Ghiaey at a political reception in Los Angeles Longoria guest-starred in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. Another guest appearance in General Hospital the same year brought her big break on the CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, portraying Isabella Braña from 2001 to 2003. After leaving The Young and the Restless, Longoria appeared in the Dick Wolf revival of Dragnet. Following Dragnet, she starred in Señorita Justice, a poorly received direct-to-video film, and a television film titled The Dead Will Tell.
In 2003, Longoria was cast as Gabrielle Solis in the ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives, later commenting on her career success by stating, “I think it’s funny when people say I’m an overnight sensation, because I’ve been working at it for 10 years.” Shortly after her debut on Desperate Housewives, Longoria starred in a direct-to-video film titled Carlita’s Secret, for which she was also co-producer.
In 2006, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy along with her co-stars in Desperate Housewives. Longoria was awarded the ALMA Award and named entertainer of the year that 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 feature movie. In 2006, she played the character Sylvia in Harsh Times, starring Freddy Rodriguez and Christian Bale.
In the 2000s, Longoria appeared in several high-profile advertising campaigns and numerous men’s magazines, reaching No. 14 in the FHM “Sexiest Women 2008” poll. She was featured on the cover of various international women’s magazines, including Vogue, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar. People en Español listed her among its “Most Beautiful People” for 2003. Longoria continues to be included in lists of Hollywood’s Most Beautiful. She was listed as No. 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 No. 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 (23 by 34 m) vinyl mesh replica of its January 2005 cover located in a Clark County, Nevada desert. More recently, she was ranked No. 14 of People‘s Most Beautiful 2011. People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.
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 contracts with L’Oréal, Hanes, and New York & Co. Longoria also contracts with Magnum Ice-Cream, and Heineken. She is a part of Microsoft’s “I’m A PC” ad campaign. She and Tony Parker have appeared together in campaigns for London Fog. Longoria became a spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris in 2005 and continued to feature in L’Oréal TV commercials and print ads until the year 2010. In the summer of 2010 Longoria served as a judge on The Next Food Network Star. In October, Longoria hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 in Madrid, Spain.
Based on her earnings from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010, Longoria was ranked No. 4 on Forbes Prime Time’s 10 Top-Earning Women with an estimated $12 million. Longoria topped the Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid TV actresses for 2011.
In 2013, Longoria professed that she is a “cat lady” and appeared as a spokesperson for Sheba cat food.
From 2013, she served as one of the executive producers of Devious Maids and directed the season two premiere, “An Ideal Husband”. She is also an executive producer of the documentaries The Harvest and Food Chains.
In March 2008, Longoria opened the restaurant Beso (in Spanish: “Kiss”) in Hollywood, along with partner and celebrity chef Todd English. The restaurant is located on Hollywood Boulevard and is accompanied by Kiss, a Victorian-themed nightclub on the floor above. The Hollywood Beso was scheduled to be the focus of a pilot episode for a tentative reality series called Beso: Waiting on Fame, to 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-nightclub venture, with listed assets of about $2.5 million and Longoria as a 32 percent shareholder, filed for Chapter 11 protection, entering bankruptcy proceedings, in order to restructure nearly $5.7 million in debt and other liabilities. On July 28, 2011, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Nevada ordered Longoria to appear in Las Vegas on August 20 in order to be examined about the bankrupt restaurant’s finances.
Her first book, Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends, was published in April 2011. In terms of food-related promotions, in 2012 and 2013, Longoria paired with Iron Chef Michael Symon for a promotion for PepsiCo‘s Lay’s potato chips contest called “Do Us A Flavor”. The promotion encourages consumers to submit new flavor ideas and fans to vote for their favorite on Facebook. The person who creates the winning flavor is awarded $1 million or one percent of chip flavor’s net sales.
In 2015, Longoria announced that she had teamed up with sportsware manufacturer Sunrise Brands to create a women’s apparel collection, set to launch Fall 2016.
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