Jessica Marie Alba (as she is sometimes credited) was born on
April 28th, 1981, in Pomona, California. The aspiring actress
relocated with her family (her Spanish/Mexican-American father
was in the Air Force) several times before finally settling down
in Southern California.
The Alba family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, then back to California,
followed by Del Rio, Texas, and finally back to the West Coast.
Despite constantly moving across the U.S., Alba knew she wanted
to be an actress since the age of 5. Her career was ready to take
off when an agent signed her, a mere 9 months after a 12-year-old
Jessica took an acting class.
Jessica Alba's first film role, in the 1994 film Camp Nowhere,
came her way by chance. She was cast with a bit part in the film
after one of the characters dropped out of the production. Dark-haired
Jessica was cast as the replacement, thanks to the fact that her
hair matched that of the original actress.
She then ventured into smaller projects on the small screen,
with commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney, and a recurring
role in Nickelodeon's The Secret World of Alex Mack in 1994.
Following her Nickelodeon stint, Jessica, also a PADI-certified
scuba diver, was cast as Maya in the 1995 series Flipper. During
production of Flipper, Jessica was actually kidnapped after having
received telephone threats. Thankfully, she was found unharmed
in the trunk of a car.
While working with dolphins on the television series, Jessica
was cast in the disastrous film Venus Rising, as well as the 1996
made-for-TV movie Too Soon for Jeff and an episode of Chicago
1998 was filled with many television show appearances, including
a recurring role on the primetime soap Beverly Hills, 90210 (practically
a prerequisite for budding young actresses), Brooklyn South and
The Love Boat: The Next Wave.
As for film, audiences could catch Jessica in P.U.N.K.S. (aka
Rebels), Never Been Kissed, co-starring Drew Barrymore, and Idle
Hands, co-starring Vivica A. Fox.
With Jessica's growing popularity on the Internet after her role
in Flipper and her exotic looks (Jessica's ethnic background consists
of Danish, French and Mexican), it's no wonder that James Cameron
cast her as the lead role in his television series, Dark Angel.
These traits of course, are bonuses next to the fact that she
Nicknamed "Sky Angel," Jessica has been featured in
Teen Magazine and Vanity Fair, and was nominated for a Golden
Globe in 2001, for Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series.
After a long engagement to her older co-star Michael Weatherly
(Logan on Dark Angel) from 2001 to 2003, Alba has been spotted
with Mark Wahlberg.
The L'Oreal model (Alba is a Feria hair color spokesperson) returned
to the scene with the title role in 2003's Honey. In 2004, she'll
add Into the Blue to her filmography.
Born in Pomona, CA on April 28, 1981, Jessica and her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi when she was an infant. Three years later, her Air Force father brought the family back to CA, then to Del Rio, Texas, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, Jessica was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later, she was signed by an agent. A gifted young actress, Jessica has already played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career. She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures comedy Camp Nowhere (1994). Originally hired for two weeks, she got her break when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out. Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn't her prodigious talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her to take over the part. It was her hair, which matched the original performer's. The two week job stretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressive first credit. Two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penny quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with recurring role in Nickelodeon's popular comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994). She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the the title character, played by 'Larisa Oleynick' . That same year, she won the role of Maya in Flipper (1995) and filmed the pilot for the series. Jessica spent 1995 shooting the first season's episodes in Australia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified scuba diver, Jessica was delighted to be doing a show which allows her to play with dolphins. The success of the first season of Flipper lead to the filming of the second season, which Jessica also starred in. Jessica's involvement in Flipper lasted from 1995-1997. Since Flipper Jessica has appeared in a number of television shows and movies. In 1996, Jessica appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as Young Eve. In 1997, Jessica appeared on the Dini Petty Show, a Canadian talk show, and talked about her role in Flipper and her general acting career. She began working on _P.U.N.K.S. (1998)_ , featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998, she appeared in Brooklyn South (1997), as Melissa. The same year she was in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), as Leanne and in two episodes of _Love Boat: The Next Wave, The (1997)_ . She appeared in Teen Magazine in 1995 and various European magazines in the past several years. More importantly, she was featured in the February, 1999, issue of Vanity Fair. She also had major roles in two movies that year: Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999). In 2000, she had roles in Paranoid (2000/I) and Dark Angel (2000) (TV).
Sister of Joshua Alba
Was #1 on Maxim's Hot 100 Babe List. 
Her mother has a French-Danish heritage, while her father descends from Mexican- Indian and Spanish lineage
Was voted the fifth Sexiest Female Star for 2002 in a Hollywood.com poll. She reported plans to wed fiance Michael Weatherly this summer. [February 2002]
Her show Dark Angel (2000) was canceled after two seasons on Fox.
Vote #4 in the Top 10 Sci-Fi Babes in 2002 for her role as Max in Dark Angel
Loves to play golf.
Has started training in dance and Tae Bo two months prior to the start of scheduled filming on her new film, Honey (2003). [July 2002]
Voted in at #6 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition. [June 2002]
Graduated high school at age 16.
Has a tatoo of a daisy with a ladybug on it on the back of her neck.
Her second cousin is skateboarding legend Steve Salba Alba.
Broke off her long engagement to co-star Michael Weatherly (Dark Angel (2000)) in 2003 but has reconciled recently.
She co-starred in one epidode of Dark Angel (2000) with her brother, Joshua Alba, entitled ...And Jesus Brought a Casserole. He played, Krit, one of her X-5 brothers who wanted to help destroy Manticore in the Season 1 finale.
Engaged to Dark Angel (2000) costar Michael Weatherly. [May 2001]
Mentioned in the D12 song My Band.
Was Punk'd on the Ashton Kutcher-hosted MTV show in 2003. Dax Shepard showed up fully nude at a clothing store Jessica was patronizing, following Miss Alba around the store and exposing his business to the blushing actress as she tried to shop for clothes. The soon-to-be Mrs. Michael Weatherly was a good sport after being informed it was all a practical joke, taped for the short-lived MTV show.
Though it is common for actresses and female pop stars to strip down to various states of undress for magazine layouts and movie/TV scenes, she has stated that she is a very modest girl and would never do a nude scene or pose topless in a magazine. The future Jessica Marie Weatherly has posed for men's magazines fully dressed, however.
Her father is a Mexican-American man of Spanish and Native American descent, and her mother is a French-Canadian woman of Danish and French descent.
Ranked #12 in Stuff magazine's 102 Sexiest Women in the World (2002).