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Jessica Alba in 2011
Jessica Marie Alba
April 28, 1981
|Known for||Acting roles:
in Dark Angel
in Sin City
Sue Richards / Invisible Woman
in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
|Spouse(s)||Cash Warren (m. 2008–present)|
Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is an American actress and businesswoman. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994), but rose to prominence at 19 years old as lead actress in the television series Dark Angel (2000–2002), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
She later appeared in Honey (2003), Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Good Luck Chuck (2007). Alba has won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, and has co-founded The Honest Company, a consumer goods company that sells baby, personal and household products.
Alba was born in Pomona, California, to Catherine Louisa (née Jensen) and Mark David Alba. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her paternal grandparents, who were born in California, were both the children of Mexican immigrants. She has a younger brother, Joshua.
Her father's Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi, and Del Rio, Texas, before settling back in Claremont, California, when she was nine years old. Alba has described her family as being a "very conservative family – a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family".
Alba's early life was marked by a multitude of physical problems. During childhood, she suffered from partially collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia four to five times a year, as well as a ruptured appendix and a tonsillar cyst. She has also had asthma since she was a child. Alba became isolated from other children at school, because she was in the hospital so often due to her illnesses that no one knew her well enough to befriend her. She has said that her family's frequent moving also contributed to her isolation from her peers.
Alba graduated from Claremont High School at age 16, and she subsequently attended the Atlantic Theater Company.
Alba wanted to act since she was five. She took her first acting class at age twelve. An acting agent signed her nine months later. Her first movie work was a small role in the 1994 movie Camp Nowhere. At first, she was only hired for two weeks but ended up working for two months because another actress dropped out.
Alba starred in two national television commercials when she was a child. One of these was for Nintendo and the other was for J.C. Penney. She played Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack. Alba was then Maya in the television series Flipper. Her mother was a lifeguard and had taught Jessica to swim before she could walk. She is a certified scuba diver.
In 1998, she acted in Brooklyn South, in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 and in an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave. After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company.
She became more famous in Hollywood in 1999 after acting in the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the main female character in the 1999 comedy-horror movie Idle Hands. She was chosen from a group of 1,200 actresses for the role of the genetically-engineered soldier, on the FOX sci-fi television series Dark Angel. The series ran for two seasons from 2000 until 2002. Alba was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on that series.
In 2007, Maxim Magazine listed Alba as number 2 in their "Top 100", after Lindsay Lohan. GQ had her picture on their June covers. She received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress and Saturn Award for Best Actress (TV) for her role in Dark Angel.
Alba met Cash Warren, son of actor Michael Warren, while filming Fantastic Four in 2004. The pair were married in Los Angeles in May 2008. They have two daughters and a son: Honor Marie Warren (born 2008), Haven Garner Warren (born 2011), and on New Year's Eve 2017, Hayes Alba Warren.
|1994||Camp Nowhere||Gail||Credited as 'Jessica Marie Alba'|
|1995||Venus Rising||Young Eve|
|1999||Never Been Kissed||Kirsten Liosis|
|2003||The Sleeping Dictionary||Selima||DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actress in a DVD Premiere Movie|
|Honey||Honey Daniels||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock & Chemistry (shared with Mekhi Phifer)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star – Female
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
|2005||Sin City||Nancy Callahan||Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure/Thriller
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance
Nominated - ALMA Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nomninated - Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
|Fantastic Four||Sue Storm / Invisible Woman||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure
Scream Award for Sexiest Superhero
Nominated – Imagen Award for Best Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team & Hero
Nominated - Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress
Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actress
|Into the Blue||Sam||Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actress|
|2007||The Ten||Liz Anne Blazer|
|Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||Sue Richards / Invisible Woman||Blimp Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Action Adventure & Hissy Fit
Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actress & Screen Couple
|Good Luck Chuck||Cam Wexler||Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actress & Screen Couple|
|Awake||Sam Lockwood||Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actress & Screen Couple|
|2008||The Eye||Sydney Wells||Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller
|The Love Guru||Jane Bullard||Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actress|
|2010||The Killer Inside Me||Joyce Lakeland||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|Valentine's Day||Morely Clarkson||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|Machete||Special Agent Sartana Rivera||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|An Invisible Sign||Mona Gray|
|Little Fockers||Andi Garcia||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|2011||Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World||Marissa Cortez Wilson||Nominated - Blimp Award for Favorite Butt Kicker|
|Escape from Planet Earth||Lena Thackleman||Voice|
|Machete Kills||Special Agent Sartana Rivera||Uncredited|
|2014||How to Make Love Like an Englishman||Kate|
|Barely Lethal||Victoria Knox|
|Sin City: A Dame to Die For||Nancy Callahan|
|2015||The Veil||Maggie Price|
|The Wright Girls|
|1994||The Secret World of Alex Mack||Jessica||3 episodes|
|1995–98||Flipper||Maya Graham||27 episodes
Nominated – Young Star Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program
|1996||Chicago Hope||Florie Hernandez||Episode:|
|ABC After School Specials||Christy||Episode: Too Soon for Jeff|
|1998||Brooklyn South||Melissa Hauer||Episode: Exploring Johnson|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Leanne||2 episodes|
|The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Layla||Episode: Remember?|
|2000–02||Dark Angel||Max Guevara||42 episodes
Teen Choice Awards for TV – Choice Actress
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Old & New Television Series
Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama
Nominated - Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Leading Young Actress
TV Guide Award for Breakout Star of the Year
Nominated - TV Guide Award for Actress of the Year in a New Series
Nominated- Blimp Award for Favorite Female Action Hero
|2003||MADtv||Jessica Simpson||Episode: #9.5|
|Rock Me, Baby||Herself||Episode|
|2009||The Office||Sophie||Episode: Stress Relief
Nominated - ALMA Award for Actress in Television - Comedy
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Girlfriend||Episode: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne|
|2014||The Spoils of Babylon||Dixie Melonworth||Miniseries
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