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Jessica Alba

Birthday
28 Apr 1981 (Age 33)
Biography

Born in Pomona, California, on April 28, 1981, Jessica Alba and her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, when she was an infant. Three years later, her Air Force father brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, Texas, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, she was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later, she was signed by an agent. A gifted young actress, Jessica has already played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career. She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures' comedy Camp Nowhere (1994). Originally hired for two weeks, she got her break when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out. Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn't her prodigious talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her to take over the part - it was her hair, which matched the original performer's. The two-week job stretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressive first credit. Two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with a recurring role in Nickelodeon's popular comedy series "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (1994). She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the the title character, played by Larisa Oleynik. That same year, she won the role of "Maya" in "Flipper" (1995) and filmed the pilot for the series.


She spent 1995 shooting the first season's episodes in Australia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified scuba diver, Jessica was delighted to be doing a show that allowed her to play with dolphins. The show's success guaranteed it a second season, which she also starred in. Her involvement in the show lasted from 1995 to 1997. Since the show ended, she has appeared in a number of TV shows and films. In 1996, she appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as "Young Eve". The next year, she appeared on the "The Dini Petty Show" (1989), a Canadian talk show, and spoke about her role in "Flipper" (1995) and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S. (1999), featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998, she appeared in "Brooklyn South" (1997) as "Melissa". That same year, she was in two episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) as "Leanne" and in two episodes of "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998). She appeared in "Teen Magazine" in 1995 and various European magazines in the following several years. More importantly, she was featured in the February 1999 issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine. She also had major roles in two movies that year: Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999). In 2000, she had roles in Paranoid (2000/I) and starred in the sci-fi TV series "Dark Angel" (2000).


Sister of Joshua Alba.

Was #1 on Maxim's Hot 100 Babe List. [2001]

Her father's ethnic background is Mexican, her mother's is French and Danish.

Was voted the fifth Sexiest Female Star for 2002 in a Hollywood.com poll. Also, formerly engaged to Michael Weatherly. [February 2002]

Her show "Dark Angel" (2000) was canceled after two seasons on Fox.

Vote #4 in the Top 10 Sci-Fi Babes in 2002 for her role as Max in "Dark Angel" (2000).

Loves to play golf.

Voted in at #6 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition. [June 2002]

Graduated high school at age 16.

Has a tatoo of a daisy with a ladybug on it on the back of her neck.

Her second cousin is skateboarding legend Steve "Salba" Alba.

Broke off her long engagement to co-star Michael Weatherly ("Dark Angel" (2000)) in 2003 but has reconciled recently.

She co-starred in one episode of "Dark Angel" (2000) with her brother, Joshua Alba, titled "...And Jesus Brought a Casserole." He played, Krit, one of her X-5 brothers who wanted to help destroy Manticore in the Season 1 finale.

Mentioned in the D12 song "My Band".

Was "Punk'd" (2003) on the Ashton Kutcher-hosted MTV show in 2003. Dax Shepard showed up fully nude at a clothing store Jessica was patronizing, following Miss Alba around the store and exposing his "business" to the blushing actress as she tried to shop for clothes. Jessica was a good sport after being informed it was all a practical joke, taped for the popular hidden- camera show.

Though it is common for actresses and female pop stars to strip down to various states of undress for magazine layouts and movie/TV scenes, she has stated that she is a very modest girl and would never do a nude scene or pose topless in a magazine. She has posed for men's magazines fully dressed, however.

Ranked #12 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).

Said once in an interview that she began preparing her own meals as a child to control her weight and maintain her health. She said the food her family prepared led to weight problems for them, so she avoided that.

After graduating from high school, she studied with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at David Mamet's Atlantic Theater Company.

Named one of "50 Most Beautiful People" by People Magazine. [2005]

Had asthma as a child.

She wanted to become an actress at the age of five.

Became anorexic the same year she had a kidney infection (2001).

Measurements: 34-24-34 according to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Has two pug dogs, named Nancy and Sid.

Named #5 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.

Ranked #3 on E! Television's 2006 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies.

She and Hayden Christensen visited Bellevue hospital and spent time with little children, bringing them Christmas cheer while filming Awake (2007). .

Ranked and Voted #1 by AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2006.

Threatened to sue Playboy Magazine for using her picture on the cover of the March 2006 issue without her permission. She said it misled people to believe she appeared nude in the magazine, which she did not. Hugh M. Hefner apologized for the confusion and made a charity contribution on her behalf, to the satisfaction of all parties.

On E's "101 Sexiest Bodies", she was placed at 3rd, behind Brad Pitt in 2nd and Angelina Jolie in 1st.

Nominated as "Worst Actress" for both Fantastic Four (2005) and Into the Blue (2005) for the 26th annual Razzie Awards.

Playboy magazine named her among its 25 Sexiest Celebrities, and the Sex Star of the Year in its March 2006 issue, on whose cover she appeared. Alba was involved in a litigation against Playboy for its use of her image (from a promotional shot for Into the Blue (2005)) without her consent, which she contends gave the appearance that she was featured in the issue in a "nude or semi-nude pictorial." However she later dropped the lawsuit after receiving a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh M. Hefner, who also agreed to make donations to two charities that she has supported.

Despite her Mexican ancestry, she isn't fluent in Spanish. She hardly understands anything in that language.

Named #22 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005).

Was featured as #5 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002).

Named #2 on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2006" supplement (2006).

Loves to cook. Her specialty is chicken enchiladas and homemade tortillas.

Loves Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Named #3 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).

Went to strip clubs as a part of her research for her character in Sin City (2005). However, she said that it didn't help because all the pro-strippers were doing "is trying to get tips".

Regularly goes to watch NBA player Baron Davis when he plays in Los Angeles as her boyfriend, Cash Warren, is a close friend of Davis.

The bra that she wore in Sin City (2005) drew a winning bid of $1,025 in an eBay auction.

Named #2 on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2007" supplement (2007).

Was ranked #2 on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" of the year lists, two years in a row. (2006 and 2007).

Named the "Sexiest Woman Celebrity" by Victoria's Secret. (2007).

Grew up in same town as Gil Menchaca.

Learned how to play the violin for her role in The Eye (2008).

Voted #1 as the most sexy woman in the world by the Norwegian FHM in 2006 and 2007.

Mentioned in Ashley Tisdale's song "He Said She Said".

Her father was a pro-circuit tennis player before joining the Air Force.

She has the Sankskrit word for "lotus" tattooed on the inside of her wrist.

Her maternal grandfather was a Marine NCO for thirty years, serving in the Pacific during WWII, and later as Asst. Drum Major for the United States Marine Band.

Good friends with Eva Longoria Parker, Eva Mendes and Kate Hudson.

Started training in dance and Tae Bo two months prior to the start of scheduled filming on Honey (2003) (July 2002).

Frightened of flying birds.

Voted in at #1 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2007 poll, Latvian edition.

Engaged to Cash Warren [December 27, 2007].

Named #4 on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007).

In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year to be $9 million.

Has co-starred with actor Sean Whalen in Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999) but has never appeared on screen with him.

Her parents were only 20 when she was born.

Paid $4,050,000 for a 4,686-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, California. [2008]

Daughter-in-law of Michael Warren.

Married her husband,Cash Warren, at a private ceremony on May 19th, 2008. Even her closest friends were not invited.

Ranked #34 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Ranked #2 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).

Jessica and husband Cash Warren welcomed their first baby, a girl named Honor Marie Warren, on the 7th of June, 2008 in Los Angeles.

Named to GQ Magazines' 25 Sexiest Women in film of all time.
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