Happy Birthday, Eva Longoria

Celebrate with her sexiest throwback Maxim photos...
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Celebrate with her sexiest throwback Maxim photos...
(Photo: Maxim)

(Photo: Maxim)

Gather 'round conniving housewives and lecherous pool boys for today is a most special occasion: Eva Longoria, the fiery star of the long-running soap Desperate Housewives, celebrates her 42nd birthday today.

The Texas native memorably brought the heat to Wisteria Lane as the sassy model-turned-homemaker Gabrielle Solis. But her soap-star status predates Desperate Housewives: her first big gig was on CBS's The Young and The Restless where she played the far more manipulative and sinister Isabella Braña.

Rather than stabbing backs and plotting to murder her enemies, Longoria now focusses her efforts on directing, producing and philanthropy, particularly in the Latino community. If anyone can take a platform as a fiery TV sexpot and use it to do some good in the world, it'd be Eva.

So above, celebrate the 42nd birthday of the well-rounded bombshell with some of her hottest retro Maxim shots. And please, have a look at some bonus video, below.