Alba Was Born Farrah Dawn
JESSICA ALBA's birth certificate has the name 'Farrah' scratched out - because her father decided his wife's planned tribute to FARRAH FAWCETT wouldn't work when his little Latina was born.
The actress' mother thought her daughter would have a more traditional North American look and opted to call her Farrah after her favourite Charlie's Angels star, but Alba's father, whose family hails from Mexico, disagreed when he realised his baby was more Latina than Los Angeles.
Alba reveals, "My name was Farrah Dawn Louisa Alba... On my birth certificate, it was written out and I came out brown and my dad was like, 'She's not allowed to be Farrah, and so he scratched it and on my first birth certificate, it's a scratch and then it's Jessica Marie.
"My dad named me; he was like, 'She looks like me. I can't let her come out Farrah.'
"But my mom's white and she kinda looks like Farrah Fawcett, so she thought I was gonna look exactly like her and I don't. So, I'm marked for the rest of my life Jessica Marie, but it's a good name."
And Alba's genealogy was tested during an appearance on America's Lopez Tonight show on Tuesday (01Dec09) after she agreed to have her DNA tested for the programme, hosted by fellow Latino George Lopez.
The actress discovered she is 87 per cent European and only 13 per cent native American.