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Jessica Alba BiographyBorn 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. 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. 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 The New Adventures of Flipper 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 as "Young Eve". The next year, she appeared on the The Dini Petty Show, a Canadian talk show, and spoke about her role in The New Adventures of Flipper and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S., featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998, she appeared in Brooklyn South as "Melissa". That same year, she was in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 as "Leanne" and in two episodes of The Love Boat: The Next Wave. 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 and Idle Hands. In 2000, she had roles in Paranoid and starred in the sci-fi TV series James Cameron's Dark Angel.
TriviaSister of Joshua Alba. Her father's ethnic background is Mexican, her mother's is French and Danish. Her show "Dark Angel" (2000) was canceled after two seasons on Fox. Loves to play golf. Graduated high school at age 16. Her second cousin is skateboarding legend Steve "Salba" Alba. 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. 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. Ranked #12 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002). After graduating from high school, she studied with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at David Mamet's Atlantic Theater Company. Had asthma as a child. Became anorexic the same year she had a kidney infection (2001). Named #5 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list. She and Hayden Christensen visited Bellevue hospital and spent time with little children, bringing them Christmas cheer while filming Awake (2007). . 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. 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. Named #22 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005). Named #2 on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2006" supplement (2006). Loves Harley Davidson motorcycles. 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". The bra that she wore in Sin City (2005) drew a winning bid of $1,025 in an eBay auction. Was ranked #2 on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" of the year lists, two years in a row. (2006 and 2007). Grew up in same town as Gilbert Joseph. Voted #1 as the most sexy woman in the world by the Norwegian FHM in 2006 and 2007. Her father was a pro-circuit tennis player before joining the Air Force. 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. Started training in dance and Tae Bo two months prior to the start of scheduled filming on Honey (2003) (July 2002). Voted in at #1 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2007 poll, Latvian edition. Named #4 on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007). Has co-starred with actor Sean Whalen in Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999) but has never appeared on screen with him. Paid $4,050,000 for a 4,686-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, California.  Married her husband,Cash Warren, at a private ceremony on May 19th, 2008. Even her closest friends were not invited. Ranked #2 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008). Named to GQ Magazines' 25 Sexiest Women in film of all time. Did not return to work until four months after giving birth to her daughter Honor in order to begin filming An Invisible Sign of My Own (2010). Is mentioned in Eminem's song "We Made You". Was considered to replace Emily Blunt in Iron Man 2, but the role went to Scarlett Johansson.
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