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Salma Hayek

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Date of Birth:02 September 1963
Birthplace:Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
First Name:Salma
Last Name:Hayek
Height:5' 2" (157 cm)
Eye Color:Black
Hair Color:Black
Star Sign:Virgo
Claim to Fame:Wild Wild West
Occupation:Actress, director, producer
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Salma Hayek

Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez (born sep. 2, 1966 (55 years ago)) is a Mexican and American actress, director, and TV and movie producer. Hayek's charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.[dead link]

Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood since silent movie actress Dolores del Rio. She is also, after Fernanda Montenegro, the second of three Latin American actresses (the other being Catalina Sandino Moreno) to achieve a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

In Jul. 2007 (14 years ago), The Hollywood Reporter ranked Hayek fourth in their inaugural Latino Power 50, a list of the most powerful members of the Hollywood Latino community. That same month, a poll found Hayek to be the "sexiest celebrity" out of a field of 3,000 celebrities (male and female); according to the poll, "65 percent of the U.S. population would use the term 'sexy' to describe her". In dec. 2008 (13 years ago), Entertainment Weekly ranked Hayek number 17 in their list of the "25 Smartest People in TV."

Early years

Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, the daughter of Diana Jiménez, an opera singer and talent scout, and Sami Hayek, an oil company executive. Hayek's father is Mexican of Lebanese descent while her mother is Mexican of Spanish descent. Her first given name, Salma, is Arabic for "safe". Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, at the age of twelve. While there, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was also an accomplished gymnast aspiring to compete in the Olympics, but her father prevented her from being recruited by the Mexican national team. The religious sisters running the Academy ejected Hayek, citing behavioral problems, so she returned to Mexico. She was later sent to live with her aunt in Houston, Texas, where she stayed until she was 17 years old. She attended college in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana. To the surprise of her family, she dropped out to pursue a career as an actress.



At the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa (1989, 32 years ago), a very successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1994 (27 years ago), Hayek starred in the movie El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), which has won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema. For her performance, Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award.

Early Hollywood acting work

Hayek moved to Los Angeles, California in 1991 (30 years ago) to study acting under Stella Adler. She had limited fluency in English, which was attributed to her suffering from dyslexia. Robert Rodriguez and his producer wife Elizabeth Avellan soon gave Hayek the break she needed, a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995's Desperado. The movie caught Hollywood's attention, as moviegoers proved to be dazzled by Hayek as Rodriguez had been. Due to Hayek's loyalty to the director, she would later decline playing the role Catherine Zeta-Jones eventually took in The Mask of Zorro after Rodriguez abandoned the project. She also appeared in the Spy Kids trilogy.

Hayek had a starring part opposite Matthew Perry in the romantic comedy Fools Rush In. She followed her success in Desperado with a brief but memorable role as a vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn, in which she performed a table-top snake dance. In 1999 (22 years ago), she co-starred in Will Smith's big-budget Wild Wild West, and played a supporting role in Kevin Smith's Dogma. In 2000 (21 years ago), Hayek had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. In 2003 (18 years ago), she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final movie of the Mariachi Trilogy.

Later Hollywood work: Director, producer and actress

Around 2000 (21 years ago), Hayek founded movie production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces movie and TV projects. Her first feature as a producer was 1999's El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, Mexico's official selection for submission for Best Foreign movie at the Oscars.

Frida, co-produced by Hayek, was released in 2002 (19 years ago). Starring Hayek as Frida Kahlo, and Alfred Molina as her unfaithful husband, Diego Rivera, the movie was directed by Julie Taymor and featured an entourage of stars in supporting and minor roles (Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd (62 walls), Edward Norton (5 walls), Geoffrey Rush) and cameos (Antonio Banderas). She earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance. This made Hayek, along with Katy Jurado and Adriana Barraza, one of only three Mexican actresses to have been nominated for an Academy Award. The movie earned two Oscars.

"In the Time of the Butterflies," is a 2001 (20 years ago) feature movie based on the Julia Álvarez book of the same name, covering the lives of the Mirabal sisters.

In the movie, Salma Hayek plays one of the sisters, Minerva, and Edward James Olmos plays the Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo whom the sisters opposed. Marc Anthony plays a brief role as Minerva's first love, and as the motivation for her later revolutionary activities.

In 2003 (18 years ago), Hayek produced and directed the The Maldonado Miracle, a Showtime movie which won her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. In dec. 2005 (16 years ago), she directed a music video for Prince, titled "Te Amo Corazon" ("I love you, sweetheart") that featured her good friend Mia Maestro.

Hayek is an executive producer of Ugly Betty, a TV series airing around the world since sep. 2006 (15 years ago). Hayek adapted the series for American TV with Ben Silverman, who acquired the rights and scripts from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea in 2001 (20 years ago). Originally intended as a half hour sitcom for NBC in 2004 (17 years ago), the project would later be picked up by ABC for the 2006–2007 season with Silvio Horta also producing. Hayek guest-starred on Ugly Betty as Sofia Reyes, a magazine editor. She also had a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show. The show quickly became a ratings hit and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series in 2007 (14 years ago). Hayek's performance as Sofia resulted in a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.

In Apr. 2007 (14 years ago), Hayek finalized negotiations with MGM to become the CEO of her own Latin themed movie production company, Ventanrosa. The following month she signed a two year deal with ABC to develop projects for the network through her production company, Ventanarosa.

Hayek is developing and producing La Banda, a Spanish-language romantic comedy set in Mexico, written by Issa Lopez.

Hayek recently had a guest stint on 30 Rock as Elisa, the nurse for Jack Donaghy's mother, for whom Jack falls.

Hayek will star as the wife of Adam Sandler in Grown Ups (4 walls), which also co-stars Chris Rock and Kevin James.

Singing credits

Hayek has been credited as a song performer in three movies. The first was Desperado for the song Quedate Aquí. In Frida she performed with band Los Vega the Mexican folk song La Bruja. She also recorded Siente mi amor, which played during the end credits of Once Upon a Time in Mexico. She also contributed to Happiness is a Warm Gun in "Across the Universe" as the singing nurses.

Promotional work

Hayek has been a spokesperson for Avon cosmetics since Feb. 2004 (17 years ago). She formerly acted as spokesperson for Revlon in 1998 (23 years ago). In 2001 (20 years ago), she modeled for Chopard and was featured in 2006 (15 years ago) Campari adverts as photographed by Mario Testino. On Apr. 3, she helped introduce La Doña, a watch by Cartier inspired by fellow Mexican actress María Félix.

Hayek was also featured in a series of Spanish language commercials for Lincoln cars. Consequently, sales of the Lincoln Navigator among Hispanics increased by twelve percentage points.

In art

In spring 2006 (15 years ago), The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, Texas displayed 16 portrait paintings by muralist George Yepes and filmmaker Rodriguez of Hayek as Aztec goddess Itzapapalotl.

Personal life

Hayek is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She dated actor Edward Norton (5 walls) between 1999 (22 years ago) and 2003 (18 years ago), and then Josh Lucas in 2003 (18 years ago). She is a good friend of Spanish actress Penélope Cruz (11 walls) and co-starred with her in the 2006 (15 years ago) movie Bandidas. Hayek studied at Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. Her brother, Sami Hayek, is a designer with his own line of products at Target and clients that include Louis Vuitton, Brad pitt (17 walls), and the Mexican Government.

Hayek often uses method acting to play characters. While she was cast as Frida Kahlo, Hayek had to smoke for the role using real cigarettes. As a result in her own admission she became a smoker and is currently trying to kick the habit.

On Mar. 9, 2007 (14 years ago), Hayek confirmed she was expecting her first child with PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault. On sep. 21, 2007 (14 years ago), she gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. On Jul. 18, 2008 (13 years ago), Hayek and Pinault announced the end of their engagement. They later reconciled and were married on Valentine's Day, 2009 (12 years ago) in Paris. On Apr. 25, 2009 (12 years ago), they were married a second time in Venice.


On Jul. 19, 2005 (16 years ago), Hayek testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In Feb. 2006 (15 years ago), she donated $25,000 to a Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, shelter for battered women and another $50,000 to Monterrey based anti-domestic violence groups.

Since the birth of her daughter, Hayek has worked to help mothers in developing nations worldwide, teaming up with Pampers and UNICEF to help stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus. She is a global spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine to help raise awareness of the program.

Hayek also advocates breastfeeding, because of its benefits, including building stronger infant immune systems. During a UNICEF fact-finding trip to Sierra Leone, she breastfed a hungry week-old baby whose mother could not produce milk.


  • Mi Vida Loca
  • El Callejón de los Milagros
  • Desperado
  • Fair Game
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Follow Me Home
  • Fled
  • Fools Rush In
  • Breaking Up
  • Sistole Diastole
  • The Hunchback
  • 54
  • The Velocity of Gary
  • The Faculty
  • Dogma
  • El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba
  • Wild Wild West
  • Timecode
  • La Gran Vida
  • Chain of Fools
  • Traffic
  • Hotel
  • Frida
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  • V-Day: Until the Violence Stops
  • After the Sunset
  • Sian Ka'an
  • Ask the Dust
  • Bandidas
  • Lonely Hearts
  • Across the Universe
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • The Vampire's Assistant
  • Grown Ups (4 walls)

TV-shows (series)

  • Un Nuevo Amanecer
  • Teresa
  • The Sinbad Show
  • Roadracers
  • El Vuelo del Águila
  • The Hunchback
  • Action
  • In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The Maldonado Miracle
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Ugly Betty
  • 30 Rock
  • Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers


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