Eva Longoria, an American actress, producer, director, activist, businesswoman, and philanthropist, came into limelight when she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi. She gained her fame with the ABC series Desperate Housewives. Moreover, she has also written and published various books. Born as Eva Jacqueline Longoria to Ella Eva and Enrique Longoria Jr. she was raised as a Roman Catholic. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University - Kingsville. She received her master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge. In her early days during 2001-2003, she played Isabella Brana in CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. After leaving The Young and the Restless, she appeared in many TV series as a guest. After this, in 2003, ABC started Desperate Housewives, a comedy-drama series. She played Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives. She also acted in a direct-to-video film titled Carlita's Secret, which she co-produced also.
She was nominated for best actress for her role in Desperate Housewives. She has been ranked 14th in FHM’s “sexiest women 2008” poll. She has been awarded the ALMA Award and named entertainer of the year 2006. She also acted in 2006 thriller The Sentinel starring
. In 2008, she opened the restaurant Beso (which means kiss in Spanish) in Hollywood along with partner and celebrity chef Todd English. She has also founded charity foundation named Eva Longoria’s foundation that aims to reduce the education gap and confront poverty among Latinos. Hollywood Reporter named her ‘philanthropist of the year 2009’ for ‘her commitment to Latino causes and giving back to community’. Eva Longoria was married to
, star of General Hospital from 2002 to 2004. Longoria married to Tony Parker on July 7, 2007. Their marriage failed after three years, and they filed for a Divorce in 2010 citing conflict of personalities. She has been active in political activities and supported Barrack Obama’s re-election campaign.