Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is an American actress and businesswoman.[1][2][3] 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 years old as lead actress in the television series Dark Angel

She later appeared in Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Good Luck Chuck. 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.[4]

She portrayed Marissa Wilson in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.

Early life

Alba was born in Pomona, California,[5] 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.[6] She has a younger brother, Joshua. Her third cousin, once removed, is writer Gustavo Arellano.[7] 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.[8][9] Alba has described her family as being a "very conservative family – a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family" and herself as very liberal; she says she had identified herself as a "feminist" as early as age five.[10]

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.[8] She has also had asthma since she was a child.[8] 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.[11] She has said that her family's frequent moving also contributed to her isolation from her peers.[10] Alba graduated from Claremont High School at age 16,[12] and she subsequently attended the Atlantic Theater Company.[13]

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