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Jessica Alba
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Jessica Alba in 2011
Born
Jessica Marie Alba

April 28, 1981 (1981-04-28) (age 39)
Occupation actress, model
Years active 1994–present
Known for Acting roles:
Max Guevara
in Dark Angel
Nancy Callahan
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.

Early life

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Jessica Alba at the 2011 ALMA Awards

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.

Early career

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Alba in 2007

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.

Public image

Jessica Alba @ Declare Yourself Inauguration Ball (cropped)
Jessica Alba at the Declare Yourself Inauguration Ball

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.

Personal life

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.

Filmography

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Camp Nowhere Gail Credited as 'Jessica Marie Alba'
1995 Venus Rising Young Eve
1999 Never Been Kissed Kirsten Liosis
Idle Hands Molly
P.U.N.K.S. Samantha Swoboda
2000 Paranoid Chloe
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
Meet Bill Lucy
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
2013 A.C.O.D. Michelle
Escape from Planet Earth Lena Thackleman Voice
Machete Kills Special Agent Sartana Rivera Uncredited
2014 How to Make Love Like an Englishman Kate
Dear Eleanor Daisy
Stretch
Barely Lethal Victoria Knox
Sin City: A Dame to Die For Nancy Callahan
2015 The Veil Maggie Price
The Wright Girls
Television shows
Year Title Role Notes
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
4 episodes

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