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Jessica Marie Alba is an American actress whose TV and film credits include Dark Angel, Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, Idle Hands and 2007's Good Luck Chuck.

Alba is a GI kid whose career is on the rise.

Jessica Alba was born in Pomona, California. Her maternal grandfather was a Marine NCO for 30 years, serving in the Pacific during WWII, and later as Asst. Drum Major for the United States Marine Band. Alba was raised in an Air Force family, along with her brother, and her grandparents, until she was seventeen years old. Her father's Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi and Del Rio, Texas, before they settled back in California when she was nine years old.

Certainly, her military upbringing, moving around from place to place, hasn't hurt her ability to solidly remain the award-winning actress she has become.

Alba expressed interest in acting since the age of five. In 1992, the 11-year-old Alba persuaded her mother to take her to an acting competition in Beverly Hills, California whose grand prize was free acting classes. Alba won the grand prize, and took her first acting lessons. An agent signed Alba nine months later. Her first appearance on film was a small role in the 1994 feature "Camp Nowhere."

Alba branched out into television in 1994 with a recurring role as the vain Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack. She then performed the role of Maya in the first two seasons of the television series Flipper.

In 1998, she appeared in a first-season episode of the Steven Bochco crime-drama Brooklyn South, in two episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 and in an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave. In 1999, she appeared in the Randy Quaid comedy feature P.U.N.K.S. After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company.

Alba rose to greater prominence in Hollywood in 1999 after appearing in the romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the female lead in the 1999 comedy-horror film Idle Hands. Her big break came when writer/director James Cameron picked Alba from a pool of 1,200 candidates for the role of the genetically-engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara, on the television series Dark Angel. Co-created by Cameron, the series starred Alba, and ran for two seasons until 2002, earning her critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Alba's most notable films have included Honey, Sin City and as the classic Marvel Comics character Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four. She then appeared in its sequel, Into the Blue, and Good Luck Chuck a few years later.

In 2008, Alba appeared in her first horror-film role in The Eye, a remake of the Hong Kong original. In February, she hosted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's Science and Technical Awards. Later in the year, she starred in The Love Guru. She has signed on to star in An Invisible Sign of My Own to be released in 2009.

Alba's charity work includes participation with Clothes Off Our Back, Habitat for Humanity, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Project HOME, RADD, Revlon Run/Walk for Women, SOS Children Villages, Soles4Souls, and Step up. Alba endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama during the 2008 primary season and she posed for print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election.

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