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Also Known As: Jessica Marie Alba Died:
Born: April 28, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pomona, California, USA Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

With an intense and exotic beauty that both helped and hindered her career, Jessica Alba was a polarizing figure for fans and critics alike. Graduating from early TV roles on "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (Nickelodeon, 1994-98) and "The New Adventures of Flipper" (syndicated, 1994-2000) to the lead in James Cameron's futuristic sci-fi drama, "Dark Angel" (FOX, 2000-02), Alba enjoyed widespread popularity at first. Once she made the leap to the big screen, however, the actress found herself weathering bad reviews, amped-up attention toward her appearance, and intense negative attention from bloggers, who attacked the multi-ethnic Alba for not embracing the Latina aspect of her heritage as much as they felt she should. Despite the naysayers, Alba continued to work steadily, balancing a series of failures like "Honey" (2003) and "Into the Blue" (2005) with strong work in successes like "Sin City" (2005), the "Fantastic Four" franchise (2005, 2007) and the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" (2010). Alba's determination to grow and willingness to accept challenging roles like "The Killer Inside Me" (2010) boded well for her future and for fans who hoped to see the actress eventually silence her critics...

With an intense and exotic beauty that both helped and hindered her career, Jessica Alba was a polarizing figure for fans and critics alike. Graduating from early TV roles on "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (Nickelodeon, 1994-98) and "The New Adventures of Flipper" (syndicated, 1994-2000) to the lead in James Cameron's futuristic sci-fi drama, "Dark Angel" (FOX, 2000-02), Alba enjoyed widespread popularity at first. Once she made the leap to the big screen, however, the actress found herself weathering bad reviews, amped-up attention toward her appearance, and intense negative attention from bloggers, who attacked the multi-ethnic Alba for not embracing the Latina aspect of her heritage as much as they felt she should. Despite the naysayers, Alba continued to work steadily, balancing a series of failures like "Honey" (2003) and "Into the Blue" (2005) with strong work in successes like "Sin City" (2005), the "Fantastic Four" franchise (2005, 2007) and the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" (2010). Alba's determination to grow and willingness to accept challenging roles like "The Killer Inside Me" (2010) boded well for her future and for fans who hoped to see the actress eventually silence her critics once and for all.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Entourage (2015)
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 Veil, The (2015)
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 A.C.O.D. (2013)
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 Machete Kills (2013)
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 Little Fockers (2010)
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 Valentine's Day (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved frequently during first nine years of her life; lived in Biloxi, MI, southern California, and Texas
1990:
Family settled in Southern California
1992:
Started studying acting
1993:
Feature film debut, "Camp Nowhere"
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Appeared in national advertising campaigns for Nintendo and JC Penney
1994:
Played recurring role on Nickelodeon series "The Secret World of Alex Mack"
1995:
Made TV series debut in regular role of Maya Graham on syndicated revival of "Flipper"
1996:
Starred opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. as his pregnant girlfriend in ABC Afterschool Special "Too Soon For Jeff"
1996:
Guest starred on CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
1998:
Starred in children's comedy "P.U.N.K.S"
1999:
Acted alongside Drew Barrymore in romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed"
1999:
Landed featured role in horror thriller "Idle Hands"
2000:
Cast in breakthrough role as genetically-engineered super-soldier Max Guevara on Fox series "Dark Angel," executive produced and co-written by James Cameron
2003:
Starred as a hip hop dancer in drama feature "Honey"
2005:
Cast as Nancy, the sweetheart of Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City" opposite Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke
2005:
Cast as Sue Storm/Invisible Girl in "Fantastic Four," an adaptation of the Marvel Comics classic
2007:
Reprised role of Sue Storm in superhero sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"
2007:
Played a lovable but clumsy penguin trainer opposite Dane Cook in "Good Luck Chuck"
2008:
Cast in supernatural thriller "The Eye," a remake of Hong Kong thriller "Jian Gui"
2008:
Co-starred with Mike Myers in "The Love Guru"
2010:
Joined ensemble cast in Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson in Michael Winterbottom's controversial noirish drama "The Killer Inside Me"
2010:
Played an immigration and customs enforcement officer in "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez
2010:
Played a sexy pharmaceutical-company representative in comedy sequel "Little Fockers"
2011:
Once again directed by Robert Rodriguez in "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World"
2013:
Voiced character of Lena Thackleman in computer animated feature "Escape from Planet Earth"
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Education

Atlantic Theater Company: New York , New York -

Notes

"Jessica has a dark side to her personality," says Rodriguez. "She's kind of quiet and mysterious, but when she does a performance she's great at making it accessible."---Director Robert Rodriguez on Alba, to GQ, April 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Michael Weatherly. Actor. Co-starred in the TV series "Dark Angel"; became engaged in early 2001; no longer together as of July 2003.
companion:
Wilmer Valderrama. Actor. Rumored to be dating as of November 2003.
companion:
Mark Wahlberg. Actor, singer. Rumored to be dating as of January 2004.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Cathy Alba.

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