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Jessica AlbaJessica Alba, born on April 28th, 1981 in Pomona, California is an American actress, model, and businesswoman. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack released in 1994. Alba garnered tremendous attention with a starring role in the James Cameron television series Dark Angel when she was only 19 years of age.

Alba later appeared in Honey in 2003, Sin City, Fantastic Four and Into the Blue all in 2005, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007 and Good Luck Chuck also in 2007.

Alba became a huge a sex symbol appearing in the "Hot 100" in Maxim and was voted number one on the AskMen.com list of the "99 Most Desirable Women" in 2006, as well as being voted "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM in 2007.

In 2005, TV Guide ranked her at number 45 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list. But the use of her image on the cover of the March 2006 Playboy sparked a lawsuit by her, which was later dropped.

She has also won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, and a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in the television series Dark Angel.

Alba was born to Catherine and Mark David Alba. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French Canadian ancestry, while her paternal grandparents, who were born in California, were both the children of Mexican immigrants.

She has a younger brother named Joshua. Her father's Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi as well as Del Rio, Texas, before settling back in Claremont, California, when she was nine years old.

Alba has described her family as being a "very conservative family - a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family" and herself as being very liberal - and says she had identified herself as a "feminist" as early as age five.

Jessica AlbaAlba's early life was marked by numerous physical problems. In her childhood, she suffered from partially collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia four to five times each year, as well as a ruptured appendix and a tonsillar cyst.

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. Alba has also said that her family's frequent moving also contributed to her isolation from her peers.

Alba has also had asthma since she was a child and has acknowledged that she has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder during her childhood. Alba graduated from Claremont High School at age 16, and subsequently attended the Atlantic Theater Company.

Having expressed interest in acting from the age of five, in 1992, the 11-year-old Alba persuaded her mother to take her to an acting competition in Beverly Hills, whose grand prize was free acting classes.

Alba won the grand prize, and took her first acting lessons with an agent signing her nine months later. Her first appearance on film was a small role in the 1994 feature Camp Nowhere as Gail.

She was originally hired for two weeks but her role turned into a two-month job when one of the prominent actresses dropped out of the production.

Alba appeared in two national television commercials for Nintendo and J. C. Penney as a child and was later featured in several independent films.

She 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.

Jessica AlbaShe then performed the role of Maya in the first two seasons of the television series Flipper.

Due to her lifeguard mother, Alba learned to swim before she could walk, and had become a PADI-certified scuba diver - skills which were put to use on the show filmed in Australia.

In 1998, she appeared as Melissa Hauer in a first-season episode of the Steven Bochco crime-drama Brooklyn South, as Leanne in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, and as Layla 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 his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company, which was developed by Macy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film director, David Mamet.

Alba rose to greater prominence in Hollywood in 1999 after appearing as a member of a snobby high school clique in the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the female lead in the 1999 comedy-horror film Idle Hands, opposite Devon Sawa.

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 Fox sci-fi television series Dark Angel.

Co-created by Cameron, the series starred Alba, and ran for two seasons until 2002. The television show earned her critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe nomination - Alba later admitted to suffering from anorexia while in preparation for Dark Angel.

Alba has been well received in popular culture. She received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress and Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in Dark Angel.

Jessica AlbaIn 2006, Alba received an MTV Movie Award for "Sexiest Performance" for Sin City.

Alba's most notable film roles have included an aspiring dancer-choreographer in Honey, exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in Sin City, and as the Marvel Comics character Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman, in Fantastic Four. She then appeared in its sequel, in Into the Blue later that year, and Good Luck Chuck a few years

Alba hosted the 2006 MTV Movie Awards and performed sketches spoofing the movies King Kong, Mission: Impossible 3, and The Da Vinci Code.

In February 2008, she hosted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technical Awards.

In 2008, Alba made her acting transition to the horror-film genre in The Eye - a remake of the Hong Kong original. The film was released on February 1, 2008. Though the film was not well received by critics, Alba's performance itself received mixed reviews.

Alba won a Teen Choice for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress-nomination. Also in 2008, Alba starred alongside Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake in "box office bomb" The Love Guru.

In late 2008, Alba signed on to star as the lead role in An Invisible Sign of My Own. The movie finished filming in November 2008 and premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and was released to theaters in May 2011.

In 2010, Alba starred in five films. She played Joyce Lakeland, a prostitute in The Killer Inside Me - film adaption of the book of the same name which co-starred Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Her second film of the year was the hit romantic comedy Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall. She portrayed Ashton Kutcher's girlfriend, Morley Clarkson, in the ensemble film that included Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Garner, among others. It was released on February 12, 2010.

Later in the year, she appeared in action film Machete, in An Invisible Sign of My Own and in Little Fockers, reuniting with Robert De Niro who was also in Machete. In August 2010, it was announced that Alba would appear in Spy Kids 4 and the film was released a year later.

Jessica AlbaIn January 2012, Alba and business partner Chris Gavigan launched The Honest Company, a collection of toxin-free household goods, diapers, and body care products.

The Honest Company is an American consumer goods company, founded by Jessica Alba, that emphasizes household products offered to the marketplace for ethical consumerism.

The company had $170 million in 2014 sales and was valued at $1.7 billion as of August 2015. The Honest Company has raised multiple rounds of venture capital and was anticipating an initial public offering in 2016.

Alba was inspired by the 2008 birth of her first child, Honor, and her own history of childhood illnesses to create a company that provided an alternative to the prevalent baby products with ingredients such as petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances.

She was compelled to become serious about this venture when one of her mother's baby laundry recommendations caused her baby to have a welt outbreak.

It took Alba three years to find her business partners Brian Lee, Sean Kane, and Christopher Gavigan.

Despite advice that she should start small with a singular focus, Alba launched the company in 2012 with 17 products. While building her company, Alba has lobbied the United States Congress to make testing of consumer products in the marketplace for chemical inputs more stringent.

The company has a strong charitable mission that has been likened to Toms Shoes, Warby Parker, and Etsy. It donates products, revenues and labor.

In November 2014, the company had 275 employees and was projected to do $150 million in sales. 80% of its sales were online via a monthly subscription service with the remainder being done in department stores and discount warehouses.

The company eventually totaled $170 million in sales in 2014.

Jessica AlbaOn September 9, 2015, the company opened the Honest Beauty brand as a separate entity with its own website and logo.

Honest Beauty launched with an 83 element product line with 17 skin-care products and a 66-piece makeup range. Its products are derived from botanicals free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, sulfates and chemical sunscreens.

In April 2016, Good Morning America reported that The Honest Company was being sued for representing its infant formula as organic even though the product contains 11 synthetic substances prohibited under federal law in organic products.

Honest Company stated that the infant formula had been FDA approved and certified USDA Organic in accordance with the National Organic Program. In December 2016, The Los Angeles Superior Court entered judgement for The Honest Company, dismissing the complaint permanently.

In October 2016, it was reported that some customers had experienced difficulty when trying to cancel subscriptions to the company's recurring diaper service.

Shortly thereafter, Honest announced it would release a new online cancellation feature. The brand began selling its products at CVS and Babies R Us in spring 2017, and on Amazon in July of 2017.

She is actively involved with charities such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE, Habitat for Humanity, Project HOME and more. But, there is one role she enjoys above all others. That is being a Mom.

"Being a mom is the most profound experience I've ever had," she says.

In March 2012, Alba announced that she would be releasing a book, The Honest Life, based on her experiences creating a natural, non-toxic life for her family. The book, slated for release in early 2013, will be published by Rodale.

Her 2013 projects include comedy A.C.O.D. and animated film Escape from Planet Earth. Alba reprised her roles, Santana in Machete's sequel Machete Kills, and Nancy Callahan in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to 2005's Sin City.

Filming for the Sin City sequel started in October 2012 and the film was released in August 2014.

Jessica AlbaWhen reports surfaced that a 21-year-old Chinese girl was seeking plastic surgery to resemble Alba in order to win back an ex-boyfriend, the star spoke out against the perceived need to change one's appearance for love.

"I think there are ambitious girls who will do anything to be famous, and they think men in this business are used to women doing that. Contrary to how people may feel, I've never used my sexuality. That's not part of it for me. When I'm in a meeting, I want to tell you why I'm an asset, how I'm a commodity, how I can put asses in the seats and not, 'There's a chance you're going to be able to fuck me.' That's never been my deal."

Alba also maintains a strict no-nudity clause in her contract. She was given the option to appear nude in Sin City by the film's directors, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, but declined the offer.

"I don't do nudity. I just don't. Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won't get hired in some things. But I have too much anxiety".

Alba was raised as a Catholic throughout her teenage years, but left the church after four years because she felt she was being judged for her appearance, explaining:

"Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, when I wasn't. It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and being a woman".

Alba also had objections to the church's condemnations of premarital sex and homosexuality, and what she saw as a lack of strong female role models in the Bible.

"I thought it was a nice guide, but it certainly wasn't how I was going to live my life."

Jessica AlbaHer "religious devotion began to wane at the age of 15 when she guest-starred in a role as a teenager with gonorrhea in the throat in a 1996 episode of the television series Chicago Hope.

Her friends at church reacted negatively to her role - which made her lose faith in the church. However, she has stated that she still holds her belief in God despite leaving the church.

In 2014, Alba appeared in Henry Louis Gates' genealogy series Finding Your Roots, where her lineage was traced back to the ancient Mayan civilization. The show's research indicated that her Alba surname did not come from a Spaniard since her father's direct paternal line (Y-DNA) was Haplogroup Q-M3, Native American in origin.

Her father's matrilineal line (Mtdna) showed Sephardi Jewish roots, and DNA testing revealed that lawyer Alan Dershowitz is a genetic relative of hers. Jessica's global admixture was 72.7% European, 22.5% East Asian/Native American, 2% Sub-Saharan African, 0.3% Middle Eastern/North African, 0.1% South Asian, and 2.4% "No Match".

In 2005, Alba offered her acting talents for free, to raise money for AIDS charity Amfar at the Cannes Film Festival. The Industry had held a benefit for the US research foundation where Alba had caused the greatest stir by promising to star as an unpaid actress in one of The Lord of the Rings producer Bob Weinstein's movies, if Weinstein agreed to bid $100,000 for tennis lessons with sports stars Monica Seles and Boris Becker

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.

In 2011, Alba participated in a two-day lobbying effort in Washington D.C. in support of the Safe Chemicals Act, a revision of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

Jessica AlbaIt's probably the most influential thing that I've ever had. Thank god for Dark Angel (2000). Getting a blessing by James Cameron to star in his first television show. Really, the first thing he did after Titanic (1997) was hire me.

There's nobody like him, and we're all blessed to have him be one of the best directors in our lifetime. Avatar is incredible, just incredible.

I love what James Cameron is doing for the environment, just in what his movie says about taking care of and trying to save our planet. It's such a beautiful message.

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Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
1994 Gail Jonathan Prince Film debut
1995 Venus Rising Young Eve Leora Barish
& Edgar Michael Bravo
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Samantha Swoboda Sean McNamara
1999 Never Been Kissed Kirsten Liosis Raja Gosnell
1999 Idle Hands Molly Rodman Flender
2000 Paranoid Chloe John Duigan
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary Selima Guy Jenkin
2003 Honey Honey Daniels Bille Woodruff
2005 Sin City Nancy Callahan Robert Rodriguez
& Frank Miller
2005 Fantastic Four Sue Storm / Invisible Woman Tim Story
2005 Into the Blue Sam John Stockwell
2007 Knocked Up Herself Judd Apatow Uncredited Cameo
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Sue Storm / Invisible Woman Tim Story
2007 The Ten Liz Anne Blazer David Wain
2007 Good Luck Chuck Cam Wexler Mark Helfrich
2007 Awake Sam Lockwood Joby Harold
2008 The Eye Sydney Wells David Moreau
& Xavier Palud
2008 Meet Bill Lucy Bernie Goldmann
& Melisa Wallack
2008 The Love Guru Jane Bullard Marco Schnabel
2010 Valentine's Day Morley Clarkson Garry Marshall
2010 The Killer Inside Me Joyce Lakeland Michael Winterbottom
2010 Machete Special Agent Sartana Rivera Robert Rodriguez
& Ethan Maniquis
2010 An Invisible Sign Mona Gray Marilyn Agrelo
2010 Little Fockers Andi Garcia Paul Weitz
2011 Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World Marissa Wilson Robert Rodriguez
2012 A.C.O.D. Michelle Stu Zicherman
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Lena (voice) Cal Brunker Voice debut
2013 Machete Kills Sartana Robert Rodriguez Uncredited
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Nancy Callahan Robert Rodriguez
& Frank Miller
2014 Dear Eleanor Daisy Kevin Connolly
2014 How to Make Love Like an Englishman Kate Tom Vaughan
2014 Stretch Charlie Joe Carnahan
2015 Barely Lethal Victoria Knox Kyle Newman Post-production
2016 Mechanic: Resurrection Gina Dennis Gansel Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Secret World of Alex Mack Jessica 3 episodes
1995�1997 Flipper Maya Graham Regular
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Christy Episode: "Too Soon for Jeff"
1996 Chicago Hope Florie Hernandez Episode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"
1998 Brooklyn South Melissa Hauer Episode: "Exposing Johnson"
1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Leanne 2 episodes
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Layla Episode: "Remember?"
2000�2002 Dark Angel Max Guevara / X5-452 Lead Role (42 episodes)
2003 MADtv Jessica Simpson Episode: "Episode #9.5"
2004 Entourage Herself Episode: "The Review"
2005 Trippin' Herself 2 episodes
2009 The Office Sophie Episode: "Stress Relief"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps"
2014 The Spoils of Babylon Dixie Mellonworth 4 episodes
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Judge) Episode: "Spoof! (There It Is)"

Awards

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2001 ALMA Award Breakthrough Actress of the Year None Won
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series � Drama Dark Angel Nominated
2002 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Action Hero Dark Angel Nominated
2005 Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow None Won
2006 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Fantastic Four Nominated
2007 TV Land Awards Little Screen / Big Screen Star (Women) None Nominated
2007 Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards Hottest Jessica None Won
2008 People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Action Star None Nominated
2008 People's Choice Awards Favorite Leading Lady None Nominated
2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Movie Star Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer Won
2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Buttkicker Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D Nominated

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BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments with ancient cultural traditions, fuelled by political changes which transformed the lives of millions and moulded by the energy of forceful individuals. Here, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels will take her to bonesetter clinics in Jaipur and Hyderabad and the waiting-rooms of Bollywood's best plastic surgeons, and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.

Like a Virgin

LIKE A VIRGIN
Exploring the Frontiers of Conception

Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures – such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the ‘Jesus Christ’ lizard (which walks on water, too) – that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.

In LIKE A VIRGIN, the biology writer Aarathi Prasad discusses how reproduction without sex is achieved in animals and explores why evolution hasn’t made it an option for humans – yet. In doing so, she provides a quirky, entertaining and perceptive overview of the mysteries of evolutionary biology, sex and reproduction – past, present and future.

It’s a remarkable story that ranges across Greek mythology, natural history, agriculture, conservation and medicine; takes in some of the most exciting areas of developmental genetics and molecular biology that other popular science books largely ignore; and is packed full of a cast of amazing characters, be they obscure animals or eccentric scientists such as the respected geneticist Dr Helen Spurway who in the UK in the 1950s unwittingly sparked a nationwide search for a virgin mother.

There is now a plethora of strategies being developed in reproductive medicine that could ultimately keep our species going in a world of embellished sex: the creation of artificial eggs and sperm from bone marrow, labs-on-chips on which eggs are fertilized, silicone wombs and artificial wombs (where fetuses can spend their full nine months), and even research to prepare us for reproduction in space. What’s more, we are finally beginning to understand what genetic modifications are needed to allow for the creation of women who could have babies without having sex. Now that we have the competent hand of science in our lives, will girls still need men?

Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)
Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages


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