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Eva Longoria Gets Star on the Walk of Fame

The star is the 2,633rd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961

A star was unveiled Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor Eva Longoria who is best known for her eight seasons on the ABC comedy-drama-mystery "Desperate Housewives."

Felicity Huffman, a co-star of Longoria's on "Desperate Housewives," Anna Faris and singer Ricky Martin joined Longoria in speaking at the ceremony.

The star is the 2,633rd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.

The ceremony was held in connection with the May 4 release of Longoria's latest film, the romantic comedy "Overboard," in which she plays the best friend of a single mother struggling to make ends meet (Faris).

Born March 15, 1975, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Longoria received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. After graduating from college, she entered a talent contest that brought her to Los Angeles, where she was spotted and subsequently signed by a theatrical agent.

Longoria began her television career in 2000 by portraying a flight attendant on an episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210." She was a cast member of the CBS daytime drama "The Young and The Restless" from 2001-03.

Longoria's first prime-time series as a cast member was the 2003 ABC crime drama "L.A. Dragnet."

Longoria was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a television comedy or musical series in 2006 and joined her castmates in receiving five SAG Award nominations for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for her portrayal of Gabrielle Solis on "Desperate Housewives,'' which ran from 2004-12.

Longoria starred in and executive-produced the short-lived NBC 2015-16 comedy "Telenovela." She has also directed episodes of the ABC comedy "black-ish," The CW romantic comedy "Jane the Virgin," the Fox comedies "LA to Vegas" and "The Mick" and "Televovlea."

Outside of her career in entertainment, Longoria spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and received a master's degree in Chicana/o studies from Cal State Northridge in 2013, beginning work on it while "Desperate Housewives" was in production.

"I was terrified," Longoria told CSUN Magazine. "I don't have time to do this, but for some reason you make time. I'd have to go to class, 7 to 10 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays after shooting. And it was so fulfilling in a way I couldn't even imagine.

"The reason I wanted to do it was because I wanted to understand the immigration issue better. But you can't understand where we're going if you don't know where we came from. This history is important, and that's what really motivated me to finish my master's."

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