Jessica Alba is an American actress and businesswoman. She is best known for her role on TV’s ‘Dark Angel.’ And for the ‘Fantastic Four’ movies.
She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack, but rose to prominence at 19, as the lead actress of the television series Dark Angel, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
- Full name: Jessica Marie Alba
- Born: 28 April 1981 (age 38 years), Pomona, California, United States
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Cash Warren (m. 2008)
- Children: Honor Marie Warren, Haven Garner Warren, Hayes Alba Warren
- Net worth: US$340 million (May 2016)
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About Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba was born on 28 April 1981, in Pomona, California, United States. Daughter of Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force, and Catherine (Jensen) who was a housewife.
Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots).
Her family moved to Biloxi, MS, when she was an infant. Three years later her father’s career brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, TX, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine.
Alba’s early life was marked by a multitude of physical maladies. 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.
In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, she was 12 before she took her first acting class.
Nine months later she was signed by an agent. She studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet.
Jessica appeared on the big screen for the first time in the 1994 comedy Camp Nowhere.
Then she sprang into the spotlight with her role as Max Guevera in James Cameron’s sci-fi series Dark Angel, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
Her big screen breakthrough came in Honey (2003). She soon established herself as a Hollywood actress, and has starred in numerous box office hits throughout her career, including Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Good Luck Chuck (2007), The Eye (2008), Valentine’s Day (2010), Little Fockers (2010), and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016).
She is a frequent collaborator of director Robert Rodriguez, having starred in Sin City (2005), Machete (2010), Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011), Machete Kills (2013), and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). Since 2019, Alba stars in the Spectrum action crime series L.A.’s Finest.
In 2011, Alba co-founded The Honest Company, a consumer goods company that sells baby, personal and household products.
Magazines including Men’s Health, Vanity Fair and FHM have included her on their lists of the world’s most beautiful women.
She will star in and executive produce a new documentary series for Disney + called “Parenting Without Borders” (working title) which will focus on families around the world and their beliefs and culture.
She has returned to a regular TV gig in 2019 with L.A.’s Finest.