“American television and film actress Longoria is best known for her roles as Isabella Braa on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003, and as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. For her work on the series, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She has also has starred in films such as Harsh Times (2005), The Sentinel (2006) and Over Her Dead Body (2008).
Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, the youngest of four daughters born to Mexican-Americans Enrique Longoria, Jr. and Ella Eva Mireles. She was raised Roman Catholic.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology at nearby Texas A&M University-Kingsville. During this time, she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, USA in 1998. After completing college, Longoria entered a talent contest that led her to Los Angeles; shortly after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent.”
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