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Date of Birth: 2 September 1966
Place of Birth: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Birth Name: Salma Valgarma Hayek-Jimenez
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican actress, television director, and television and film producer. 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 film actress Dolores del Río. 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.
Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, the daughter of Diana Jiménez Medina, an opera singer and talent scout, and Sami Hayek Dominguez, an oil company executive who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos. Hayek's father is of Lebanese descent, while her mother is of Spanish descent. Her first given name, Salma, is Arabic for "safe". Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Roman 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 attended college in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
At the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa (1989), a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1994, Hayek starred in the film 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 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, she co-starred in Will Smith's big-budget Wild Wild West, and played a supporting role in Kevin Smith's Dogma. In 2000, Hayek had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. In 2003, she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy.
Director, producer and actress
Around 2000, Hayek founded film production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces film and television 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 Film at the Oscars.
Frida, co-produced by Hayek, was released in 2002. Starring Hayek as Frida Kahlo, and Alfred Molina as her unfaithful husband, Diego Rivera, the film was directed by Julie Taymor and featured an entourage of stars in supporting and minor roles (Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, 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 film earned two Oscars.
In the Time of the Butterflies is a 2001 feature film 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, Hayek produced and directed The Maldonado Miracle, a Showtime movie which won her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. In December 2005, 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 television series airing around the world since September 2006. Hayek adapted the series for American television with Ben Silverman, who acquired the rights and scripts from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea in 2001. Originally intended as a half hour sitcom for NBC in 2004, 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. Hayek's performance as Sofia resulted in a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.
In April 2007, Hayek finalized negotiations with MGM to become the CEO of her own Latin themed film production company, Ventanarosa. 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 stars as the wife of Adam Sandler in Grown Ups, which also co-stars Chris Rock and Kevin James.
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.
Hayek has been a spokesperson for Avon cosmetics since February 2004. She formerly acted as spokesperson for Revlon in 1998. In 2001, she modeled for Chopard and was featured in 2006 Campari adverts as photographed by Mario Testino. On April 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 spring 2006, 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.
Hayek is a naturalized United States citizen. She dated actor Edward Norton between 1999 and 2003, and then Josh Lucas in 2003. She is a good friend of Spanish actress Penélope Cruz and co-starred with her in the 2006 film 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, and the Mexican Government.
On March 9, 2007, Hayek confirmed she was expecting her first child with PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault. On September 21, 2007, she gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. On July 18, 2008, Hayek and Pinault announced the end of their engagement. They later reconciled and were married on Valentine's Day, 2009 in Paris. On April 25, 2009, they were married a second time in Venice. Salma Hayek is also a practitioner of yoga.
Hayek's charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.[dead link] On July 19, 2005, Hayek testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In February 2006, 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.
In 2010, Hayek's humanitarian work earned her a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Awards. The awards show, produced by VH1, is dedicated to honoring people who do good and recognized Hayek's various efforts to support women internationally. The awards are powered by Do Something, an organization that aims to empower, celebrate, and inspire young people.
- Recipient of Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award in October 2001.
- Recipient of Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award in 2003.
- Recipient of Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award in February 2006.
- Recipient of Time magazine 25 Most Influential Hispanics in 2005.
In July 2007, 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 December 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Hayek number 17 in their list of the "25 Smartest People in TV."
|1993||Mi Vida Loca||Gata|
|1994||El Callejón de los Milagros||Alma||(Miracle Alley) Spanish-language
Nominated—Ariel for Best Actress
|1995||Desperado||Carolina||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1996||From Dusk Till Dawn||Santanico Pandemonium|
|1996||Follow Me Home||Betty|
|1997||Fools Rush In||Isabel Fuentes||Nominated—Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film|
|1997||Breaking Up||Monica||Direct-to-video release|
|1997||Hunchback, TheThe Hunchback||Esmeralda|
|1998||54||Anita||Nominated—Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film|
|1998||Velocity of Gary, TheThe Velocity of Gary||Mary Carmen||Producer; direct-to-video release|
|1998||Faculty, TheThe Faculty||Nurse Harper|
|1999||El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba||Julia||(No One Writes to the Colonel)
|1999||Wild Wild West||Rita Escobar||Nominated—Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film|
|2000||La Gran Vida||Lola||(Living it Up) Spanish-language|
|2000||Chain of Fools||Sgt. Meredith Kolko||Direct-to-video release|
|2001||In the Time of the Butterflies||Minerva Mirabel|
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Francesca Giggles|
|2003||Once Upon a Time in Mexico||Carolina|
|2003||V-Day: Until the Violence Stops||herself|
|2004||After the Sunset||Lola Cirillo|
|2005||Sian Ka'an||Maria (voice)|
|2006||Ask the Dust||Camilla Lopez|
|2007||Lonely Hearts||Martha Beck|
|2007||Across the Universe||Bang Bang Shoot Shoot Nurses|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Foxy (voice)|
|2009||Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant||Madame Truska|
|2010||Grown Ups||Roxanne Chase-Feder|
|1988||Un Nuevo Amanecer||Spanish-language telenovela|
|1993||Sinbad Show, TheThe Sinbad Show||recurring character|
|1994||El Vuelo del Águila||Juana Cata||Spanish-language telenovela|
|1997||Hunchback, TheThe Hunchback||Esmeralda||Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role|
|2001||In the Time of the Butterflies||Minerva Mirabal||Producer; feature
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television
|2003||Maldonado Miracle, TheThe Maldonado Miracle||Feature; producer, director. Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special|
|2003||Saturday Night Live||Guest Host||March 15|
|Ugly Betty||Sofia Reyes||Producer and guest star
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Comedy Series — 2007 Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series — 2007 Nominated—Producers Guild of America Television Producer of the Year Award
|2009||30 Rock||Elisa||guest star|
- Was a member of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival jury.
- Co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert with Julianne Moore in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2005.
- Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world 
- Is dyslexic.
- Was ranked 8th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).
- Frequently collaborates with Antonio Banderas and Robert Rodriguez.
- Fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish and Portugese
- Was originally considered for the part of Alicia Larde in A Beautiful Mind (2001) because the character in real life is from El Salvador. But the character for the film was later changed to American and given to Jennifer Connelly.
- Salma is an Arabic name that means "peace" or "calm".
- Godmother to Robert Rodriguez's children.
- She was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana at age 12, but was soon sent back home after getting in trouble for frequently terrorizing the nuns!
- Father was born in Lebanon and came to Mexico to start a small business where he met her mother.
- Studied International Relations & Drama at College in Mexico City.
- Won Best Newcomer at the 1989 Novela Awards for "Un nuevo amanecer" (1988).
- Has her own production company, Ventanarosa.
- Is the second Latin American actress to be nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award, for her performance in Frida (2002). Brazilian veteran Fernanda Montenegro was the first, for Central Station (1998).
- Her brother, Sami, designs custom chairs. His celebrity clients include Jennifer Aniston and her ex-husband, Brad Pitt.
- Made the cut to People magazine's 50 most beautiful people list twice. in 1996 and 2003
- Was named one of the ten most stylish women in the world by Mr. Blackwell (aka Richard Selzer) in 1997. InStyle named her the most stylish celebrity of 2003 and Eonline.com ranked her as the best dressed female celebrity.
- Ranked #31 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
- Good friend of Penélope Cruz, Ashley Judd and Valeria Golino.
- She loves dogs
- E! entertainment voted her look at the 1997 Academy Awards one of the 5 most memorable in Oscar history. At the event she wore a beaded Armani gown complemented by a 1920s diamond tiara.
- Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005
- Her parents are Sami Hayek (oil company executive) and Diana Jimenez Hayek (opera singer).
- Played a (mythological creature disguised as a) stripper twice: in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and in Dogma (1999) (A Vampire and a Muse respectively).
- Named #34 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
- Named #12 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
- Visited Guatemala from 2 May 2005 to 5 May 2005 as ambassador to Youth/AIDS, to promote the prevention of the mortal disease. Ashley Judd and Colombian pop singer Juanes also came with her.
- Her younger brother is a highly respected make-up artist in Hollwood.
- Named #36 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
- As the announcer for the Oscars 2007, she was able to announce best friend Penélope Cruz' nominations for Best Actress for Volver (2006/I).
- Engaged to businessman Francois-Henri Pinualt. Pinault owns PPR, the luxury goods firm that owns iconic fashion houses Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent [March 9, 2007].
- Gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Valentina Paloma Pinault, on Friday September 21th 2007. Father is Salma's fiancé Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of the luxury goods company PPR SA.
- Ranked #90 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
- Recently diagnosed with diabetes while pregnant (July 2007).
- Her fiancé, François-Henri Pinault, has a son Francois b. 1998 and a daughter Mathide b. 2001 from his first marriage.
- She and Francois-Henri Pinault called off their engagement. They initially intended to marry in spring 2009. [July 2008]
- Got married to Pinault on Valentine's day in the City Hall of the Sixth Arrondissement in central Paris.
- Married Pinault in a secret ceremony in Paris after months of speculation if they were separated or still engaged (they called off their engagement in mid 2008).
- Her spokeswoman is Jillian Fowkes.
- She and Francois Henri Pinault renewed their vows at Venice's Teatro La Fenice opera house in late April 2009 with 150 guests present. Among them were Penélope Cruz with boyfriend Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron and boyfriend Stuart Townsend, Woody Harrelson, Hayek's ex-boyfriend Edward Norton, French president Jacques Chirac, Lucy Lui, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas, Anna Wintour, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Bono and Stella McCartney.
- In 2009, musician Prince included a song on his CD "Lotus Flow3r/MPLSound" that is about Salma Hayek. The song shares the same name as her daughter, Valentina.
- Returned to work five months after giving birth to her daughter Valentina in order to begin filming Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009).