Desperate Housewives/Gabrielle Solis

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Gabrielle "Gaby" Solis
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives-Gabrielle Solis.jpg
Actor Eva Longoria Parker
First Appearance 1x01 - Pilot
Series Billing Billed


Basic Information

Gabrielle Solis, the youngest of the housewives on Wisteria Lane, spent her early days climbing out of a desperate situation to become a glamorous runway model in New York where she met her husband, Carlos. She gave up her exciting life and married him on the spot, knowing that he would be able to provide everything she could ever want: an exquisite home, jet-setting vacations and a bottomless bank account. It was only after moving to suburbia that Gabrielle realized that perhaps she wanted all the wrong things.

Character History

Parents: father unknown & Lucia Marques
Husbands/Partners: Carlos, John Rowland, Victor Lang
Children: Juanita, Celia, Grace Sanchez
Other Family: Juanita "Mama" Solis (mother-in-law), Milton Lang (father-in-law), Ana Solis, Hector Sanchez, Carmen Sanchez

With Carlos now spending long days at the office, Gabrielle quickly became bored with her new life and began an illicit affair with her stunning underage gardener, John. She struggled to keep her affair under wraps and after several close calls was seemingly let off the hook when her husband was arrested. During this time she was forced to take a variety of odd jobs which often put her in uncomfortable and humiliating positions, such as showcasing mattresses for Valentine's Day and displaying Buicks at the local mall while having her dress caught in the revolving display.

Gabrielle's life was further undermined by her husband's desire to have children spurred on by the untimely death of his mother. He successfully tampered with his wife's birth control and she became pregnant, but with who's child? His or the gardener's?

News of the affair finally came out, but at the worst time. Carlos, already under house arrest for importing slave labor and now up on charges for assault and battery, flew into a jealous rage during his trial upon discovery of the affair only incriminating himself further and possibly sending him away for no less than 8 years.

Memorable Moments