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CSI: Miami star, Eva La Rue turns personal tragedy into mission
CSI: Miami star, Eva La Rue turns personal tragedy into mission Despite a full-time acting career and full-time family responsibilities, La Rue still makes time to give to a cause that is near and dear to her heart. La Rue lost a grandmother and great-grandmother to ovarian cancer and served two years as a spokesperson for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

CSI: Miami fans will have to look for their favorite actors on another night this fall as one of the “most watched shows” on television moves to Sunday nights.

Eva La Rue, who plays the role of Natalia Boa Vista, begins her fifth year on the hit show that for nine seasons has entertained audiences with its crime scene detective work. La Rue says she is thrilled to be a part of the cast because each member has such a great sense of humor. “We all get along so well and they are such a fun group.”

La Rue, who is also known for her long-standing role as Dr. Maria Santos Grey on All My Children, says CSI is a welcome relief from the daily grind of the soaps. “We could receive as many as seventy-five pages of script each day, whereas on CSI: Miami we have around eight pages per day. Also, with weekly TV, actors get about three months off, but on daily shows the work is year-round.”

La Rue is no novice when it comes to the screen, both television and movies, where she has appeared as Annette Funicello in a biographical movie of the former Mouseketeer and in the adaptation of Danielle Steel’s Remembrance as Princess Serena. She was also the second Linda Lorenzo, George Lopez’s sister, on the TV sitcom George Lopez, along with many other guest appearances and movie roles.


Eva and Joe—married last June in Mexico.
In the fall of 2005, La Rue began the role of Natalia Boa Vista on CSI: Miami. It was revealed in the end of season five that Eva’s character was the mole in the lab reporting to the FBI. Beginning with season five, La Rue became a fulltime cast member.

In her personal life, La Rue became the wife of business executive Joe Cappuccio just this past June. She has a daughter, Kaya McKenna Callahan, age eight; Cappuccio has a daughter, twenty-two, and a son, nineteen. Since her recent marriage, La Rue claims that life has become simpler and less hectic. “When it was just my daughter and me, I thought I had to be on the go all the time…taking Kaya to lessons and various activities, whereas now it’s more about family time—staying home and just spending time together.”

Despite a full-time acting career and full-time family responsibilities, La Rue still makes time to give to a cause that is near and dear to her heart. La Rue lost a grandmother and great-grandmother to ovarian cancer and served two years as a spokesperson for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.


Eva and co-star, Jonathan Togo in a scene from CSI: Maimi.
“Ovarian cancer is such a sneaky disease,” claims La Rue, “because many of the symptoms mimic issues that women have routinely—bloating, low back pain, frequent urination. By the time the cancer is discovered, it is often too late. The disease has already spread and is at a dangerous stage. Therefore, I want to help get the word out to women that they must have a rectal exam as part of their yearly physicals. You can’t feel the ovaries without that kind of exam. Women must also have a CA-125 test, which is a blood test that checks for protein produced by ovarian cancer cells. But even that test is only about eighty percent accurate. Further testing requires a CT scan. Be careful of blunders. Some doctors will jump in and remove a cyst without testing it and then drag the cancerous tissue throughout the body.”


Eva, Joe, Kevin, Cassie and Eva’s little girl, Kaya, build a pyramid on the sand to represent their new blended family!
La Rue cited the work and studies of Dr. Judith K. Wolf, Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center who continues to conduct research, particularly in the area of gene therapy for ovarian cancer. “If caught early, ovarian cancer is very treatable,” concluded La Rue. We women are such “multi-taskers” that we tend to stay busy and overlook warning signs. I want to let women know that if any of the symptoms persist, they must get to the doctor. We have to be our own advocate.”

In October, La Rue had the privilege of being a guest at the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, Diamond and Pearl Ball, where it was announced that she is their new national spokesperson. As National Spokesperson, La Rue will be the face and voice of the Foundation and offer its programs to individuals across the nation as an effective way to make a difference in the quality of life for a cancer patient. In support of this effort, she will also lend her name and likeness, and make herself available for national media opportunities that allow her to raise awareness for the unique needs of children and adults with cancer.

CSI Miami airs at 10:00 p.m. eastern time, Sunday nights on CBS. You can also keep up with La Rue at her official website www.evalarue.com.

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Patricia Kirby brings several years of journalism, editing, and publishing experience to Radius magazine. She is a published writer and former co-editor of Hoosier Outdoor magazine, with a distribution throughout the mid-west. Patricia is also a form...



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