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Salma Hayek

   

Birth name:

Salma Hayek-Jimenez

Born:

2-Sep-1966

Birthplace:

Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico

Gender:

Female

Race or Ethnicity:

Hispanic

Sexual orientation:

Straight

Occupation:

Actress

Nationality:

United States

Executive summary:

Frida

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)

 
 

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Salma Hayek - Biography

 

Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican actress, director, and television and film producer. Hayek's charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.
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 a Mexican of Lebanese descent, while her mother is Mexican and 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, and married her first husband Cameron Switzer. 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), 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.

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.

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 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 will star 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 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 - Personal Quotes

 

I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.

I act tall!" "But look how short I am...I can't even act to be tall. I'm five-two. I can't even create the illusion that I am tall!

"I don't believe in the so-called Latino explosion when it comes to movies. Jennifer Lopez doesn't have an accent. She grew up in New York speaking English not Spanish. Her success is very important because she represents a different culture, but it doesn't help me. I grew up in Mexico, not the US, and the fact is that there just aren't any parts for Latin actresses. I have to persuade people that my accent won't be a problem, but an asset. Everyone's afraid of doing something a bit risky. Everyone wants a $200 million hit and anything they think might get in the way of that kind of success is considered a liability".

"What worries me the most is that most men are so weak. Because of that they act like they don't care and like machos - because they are too fragile inside. They're scared of confrontation and afraid of so many things. And because of this they build up their life so they have to deal with their feelings as little as possible. I find feminine men unbelievably sexy. But most men are completely incapable of getting in touch with their feminine side. What am I supposed to talk about with a man who doesn't know what it's like to be a woman?"

At the beginning [my career] was hard. People were like, 'Who is this Mexican jumping bean?'

"What works in a relationship of very public people is not making the relationship public - keeping it as personal as it can be. It's the only way it is real. I am suspicious of those who have to let the world know how much they love each other. It's a little sad when you have to brag about how much you love someone. That kind of declaration doesn't always reflect the moment of truth between two people who care deeply for each other. When that truth is there, you don't need others to know it. And when somebody truly loves you, you don't even need him or her to be affectionate. Affection is fantastic, but it doesn't necessarily mean there's love - and the public display of affection is often just a show. When you open a door for others to have an opinion on your relationship, it can be dangerous. Find what you need, not what everyone else wants for you. Women have been taught that in order to have a place in the world, an identity, they must marry and have children. If that's the life you truly want, great. But for many women, marriage is only about needing the world to know that someone desires them enough to say, "Here's a contract to prove that I love you and will commit to you for the rest of my life." For these women, no contract equals no validation - and, thus, no reason for existing."

"In my twenties I was offered lots of parts where there wasn't much to do but act sexy. I still get offered those roles - but now I take it as a compliment." Woman's World (7-11-06)

About Madonna: "She always paid attention to the Latin community. I was grateful somebody like her appreciated our culture" (InStyle magazine, Sept 2006).

"If I go on a diet and work out, I'm always in a bad mood. I'd rather be a little heavier but nice." -quoted in Woman's Day 8-15-06 issue

"In my world, you have to be so beautiful, so skinny, so rich, so famous and I don't believe you really have to be any of those things. You simply have to be who you are. I do have thighs and a butt. I have cellulite. Don't be too impressed with me. Don't try to dress like me or wear your hair like mine. Find your own style. Don't spend your savings trying to be someone else. You're not more important, smarter, or prettier because you wear a designer dress. I get them free and I'm too lazy to go out and look for my own. I, a rich girl from Mexico, came here with designer clothes. And one day, when I was starving in an apartment in Los Angeles, I looked at my Chanel blouses and said, 'If only I could pay the rent with one of these.'"

"If a man lets all of my dogs sleep in the bed with us, then that is the most romantic thing. You must love my dogs in order to love me. A man who is nice to my animals and doesn't shoo them away - well, that's the height of romance."

"It sounds trite to go after men who are nice but when you've been hurt a lot it becomes appealing."

 

Salma Hayek - Filmography

 

Puss in Boots (2011) (voice) .... Kitty
Grown Ups (2010) (.... Roxanne Chase-Feder
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) .... Madame Truska
... aka Circus of the Freak (International: English title: literal title)
"30 Rock" .... Elisa (6 episodes, 2009)
- The Ones (2009) TV episode .... Elisa
- Larry King (2009) TV episode .... Elisa
- St. Valentine's Day (2009) TV episode .... Elisa
- Generalissimo (2009) TV episode .... Elisa
- Flu Shot (2009) TV episode .... Elisa
(1 more)
Across the Universe (2007) .... Singing Nurse
"Ugly Betty" .... Sofia Reyes / ... (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
- Sofia's Choice (2007) TV episode .... Sofia Reyes
- Fake Plastic Snow (2006) TV episode .... Sofia Reyes
- Lose the Boss? (2006) TV episode .... Sofia Reyes
- Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral (2006) TV episode .... Sofia Reyes
- After Hours (2006) TV episode .... Sofia Reyes
(2 more)
Lonely Hearts (2006) .... Martha Beck
... aka Lonely Hearts Killers (Germany)
Ask the Dust (2006) .... Camilla
Bandidas (2006) .... Sara Sandoval
... aka Bandidas (France)
After the Sunset (2004) .... Lola Cirillo
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) .... Carolina
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) .... Cesca Giggles
... aka Spy Kids 3: Game Over (USA: video title)
Frida (2002) .... Frida Kahlo
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) (TV) .... Minerva Mirabal
... aka En el tiempo de las mariposas
Hotel (2001) .... Charlee Boux
Traffic (2000) (uncredited) .... Rosario
... aka Traffic - Die Macht des Kartells (Germany)
La gran vida (2000) .... Lola
... aka Living It Up (International: English title)
Chain of Fools (2000) .... Kolko
Timecode (2000) .... Rose
Wild Wild West (1999) .... Rita Escobar
El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1999) .... Julia
... aka No One Writes to the Colonel (International: English title)
... aka Pas de lettre pour le colonel (France)
... aka Personne n'écrit au colonel (France)
Dogma (1999) .... Serendipity
The Faculty (1998) .... Nurse Rosa Harper
The Velocity of Gary* *(Not His Real Name) (1998) .... Mary Carmen
54 (1998) .... Anita Randazzo
... aka Fifty-Four
Breaking Up (1997) .... Monica
The Hunchback (1997) (TV) .... Esmeralda
... aka Quasimodo (Canada: French title)
... aka The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Europe: English title)
Fools Rush In (1997) .... Isabel Fuentes Whitman
Sistole Diastole (1997) .... Carmelita
Fled (1996) .... Cora
... aka Perseguidos (USA: Spanish title)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) .... Satanico Pandemonium
"El vuelo del águila" (1996) TV series .... Juana Cata
Follow Me Home (1996)
Fair Game (1995) .... Rita
Four Rooms (1995) .... TV Dancing Girl (segment "The Misbehavers")
Desperado (1995) .... Carolina
El callejón de los milagros (1995) .... Alma
... aka Midaq Alley
... aka Miracle Alley (Australia)
Roadracers (1994) (TV) .... Donna
... aka Rebel Highway
"Rebel Highway" .... Donna (1 episode, 1994)
- Roadracers (1994) TV episode .... Donna
Cherry Street, South of Main (1994) (TV)
"The Sinbad Show" .... Gloria Contreras (2 episodes, 1993)
... aka Sinbad (UK)
- The Par-tay (1993) TV episode .... Gloria Contreras
- The Tooth Fairy Has Landed (1993) TV episode .... Gloria Contreras
Mi vida loca (1993) .... Gata
... aka My Crazy Life
"Jack's Place" .... Gypsy Katrina 'Kata' Nicklos (1 episode, 1993)
- Gypsies, Champs and Thieves (1993) TV episode .... Gypsy Katrina 'Kata' Nicklos
"Nurses" .... Yolanda Cuevas (1 episode, 1992)
- One Pequeno, Two Pequeno (1992) TV episode .... Yolanda Cuevas
"Dream On" .... Carmela (1 episode, 1992)
- Domestic Bliss (1992) TV episode .... Carmela
"Street Justice" .... Andrea (1 episode, 1992)
- Homecoming (1992) TV episode .... Andrea
"Teresa" (1989) TV series .... Teresa
"Un nuevo amanecer" (1988) TV series .... Fabiola

 

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