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Born: March 5, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA Profession: actress

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A growing interest in Latin American film and TV talent during the 1990s helped propel actress Eva Mendes from B-movie supporting player to Hollywood star and sex symbol. Her supporting role as Denzel Washington's girlfriend-on-the-side in "Training Day" (2001) put Mendes on the map, and she continued to woo male fans with action offerings like "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003) and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003). Mendes' pop-culture presence rapidly grew out of proportion to her actual on-screen time, and she became a favorite fashion model, Revlon spokeswoman and a boon to the animal-rights cause PETA when she posed nude in an advertisement that claimed the actress would rather go naked than wear fur. Regardless of the hype surrounding the leggy starlet, Mendes proved that she had real acting talent, offering up increasingly well-received performances in the hit comedy "Hitch" (2005) and the comic-strip-based crime drama "The Spirit" (2008). With over a dozen film credits to her name and an increasing number of successful business ventures, the tough trailblazer emerged as an important role model for the growing ranks of aspiring Latin American entertainers.

A growing interest in Latin American film and TV talent during the 1990s helped propel actress Eva Mendes from B-movie supporting player to Hollywood star and sex symbol. Her supporting role as Denzel Washington's girlfriend-on-the-side in "Training Day" (2001) put Mendes on the map, and she continued to woo male fans with action offerings like "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003) and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003). Mendes' pop-culture presence rapidly grew out of proportion to her actual on-screen time, and she became a favorite fashion model, Revlon spokeswoman and a boon to the animal-rights cause PETA when she posed nude in an advertisement that claimed the actress would rather go naked than wear fur. Regardless of the hype surrounding the leggy starlet, Mendes proved that she had real acting talent, offering up increasingly well-received performances in the hit comedy "Hitch" (2005) and the comic-strip-based crime drama "The Spirit" (2008). With over a dozen film credits to her name and an increasing number of successful business ventures, the tough trailblazer emerged as an important role model for the growing ranks of aspiring Latin American entertainers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Furious 8 (2017)
2.
 Lost River (2015)
4.
 Clear History (2013)
5.
 Holy Motors (2012)
6.
 Last Night (2011)
7.
 Other Guys, The (2010)
9.
 The Women (2008)
10.
 Spirit, The (2008)
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1980:
Relocated to Los Angeles (Echo Park), CA after her parents' divorce
1998:
First screen credit, "A Night at the Roxbury"
2000:
Cast as Vanessa in horror sequel "Urban Legends: Final Cut"
2001:
Cast alongside Steven Seagal and DMX in "Exit Wounds"
2001:
Landed breakout role opposite Denzel Washington in "Training Day"
2003:
Cast as the female lead in John Singleton's "2 Fast 2 Furious"
2003:
Reunited with Denzel Washington in "Out of Time"
2003:
Appeared in Robert Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," the final film in his "Mariachi Trilogy"
2003:
Co-starred with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear in Farrelly brothers comedy "Stuck on You"
2005:
Cast as the object of Will Smith's affection in romantic comedy "Hitch"
2006:
Appeared in Lee Daniels' indie film "Shadowboxer"
2006:
Cast opposite Billy Crudup in Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man"
2007:
Co-starred with brothers Luke and Owen Wilson in "The Wendell Baker Story"; co-directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson
2007:
Appeared with Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Duvall in "We Own the Night"
2008:
Featured in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce
2008:
Played Sand Saref and title character's childhood friend in Frank Miller's adaptation of "The Spirit"
2009:
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"
2010:
Cast opposite Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in action-comedy "The Other Guys"
2011:
Made writing and directorial debut with short film "California Romanza"
2012:
Starred as a single mom in comedy-drama "Girl in Progress"
2012:
Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines"
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Education

Hoover High School: Glendale , California -
California State University, Northridge: Northridge , California -

Notes

"Latin is the new flavor of the month, and it's now more acceptable, by Hollywood standards, to pair a Latin woman and a black male. I do not agree with this, but in Hollywood logic, to pair a black woman and a black male makes a black movie. A white woman and a black male becomes a little controversial. It's much more acceptable to have a Latin woman with a black male. And I think that's what's going on with me."---Mendes quoted in The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2003.

"Whether you hate me or love me, I'm different. I'm not your average chick."---Mendes to GQ, June 2003.

I'd much rather be fully naked in a scene than have to simulate sex with someone," says Mendes. "Even kissing is really intimate."---Eva Mendes quoted in Premiere, February 2005.

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mother:
Eva.

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