DESPERATE HOUSE WIVES TV star Eva Longoria fears she was refused a GOLDEN GLOBE nomination because she missed the HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION's (HFPA) lunch to visit her dying aunt.

The actress, who plays Gabrielle Solis in the hit ABC drama, complains she was snubbed by the HFPA because seeing her beloved aunt for the last time was more important to her than improving her profile abroad.

While Longoria's acting talents weren't recognised this year, her four of her co-stars - MARCIA CROSS, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and NICOLETTE SHERIDAN - all up on for gongs at the January (05) ceremony.

She explains, "I didn't go to the Hollywood Foreign Press luncheon. I had a very sick aunt in Texas, and that was the last time I was going to see her. They were giving her last rites, and she was like a grandmother to me.

"I think that not going to the lunch contributes to the fact that the foreign press doesn't know me. I'm brand new, and I didn't meet them - and they were upset that I didn't go. It's always a disappointment whenever you don't get an accolade from the industry."

16/12/2004 21:21