Salma Hayek

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Real Name: Salma Valgarma Hayek-Jimenez
Birth Place: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Birth Date: September 02, 1966
Occupation: Producer, Actress, Soundtrack

Salma Hayek Biography

The amazing Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do Lebanese-Mexican businessman father and her Mexican-born opera-singing mother. After having seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) in a local movie theatre, Salma decided she wanted to become an actress. Her education included a stint at a New Orleans convent school, where she pulled pranks on the nuns by setting their clocks back three hours. She was soon expelled. Only after attending Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamericana did she feel ready to pursue acting seriously.She soon landed the title role in "Teresa" (1989), a hugely successful soap opera which earned her the star status in her native Mexico. However, anxious to make films and to explore her talent and passion, Hayek left both "Teresa" (1989) and Mexico in 1991. Heartbroken fans spread rumors that she was having a secret affair with Mexico's president and left to escape his wife's wrath.At long last, Salma made her way to Los Angeles. The 24 year old actress approached Hollywood with naïve enthusiasm, and quickly learned that Latin actresses were, if at all, typecast as the mistress maid or local prostitute. By late 1992, Hayek had landed only bit parts. She appeared on "Street Justice" (1991), "The Sinbad Show" (1993), "Nurses" (1991), and as a sexy maid on the HBO series "Dream On" (1990). She also had one line in the Allison Anders film Mi vida loca (1993). Feeling under-appreciated by Anglo filmmakers, Hayek vented her frustrations on comedian Paul Rodriguez's late-night Spanish-language talk show in 1992.Robert Rodriguez and his producer wife Elizabeth Avellan happened to be watching and were immediately smitten with the intelligent, opinionated young woman. He soon gave her her big break--to star opposite Antonio Banderas in the now cult classic Desperado (1995), which put her on Hollywood's map. The moviegoers proved to be as dazzled with Hayek as he had been. After her break, she was cast again by Rodriguez to star in his From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Although her vampy role opposite George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino was a small one, it was a good credit to her box office name. Hayek's first star billing came later that year with Fools Rush In (1997) opposite "Friends" (1994) actor Matthew Perry. The film was a modest hit, and Hayek continued to rise her star in both commercial and artistic films such as: Breaking Up (1997) with an unknown Russell Crowe; 54 (1998) about the rise and fall of the legendary New York club; Dogma (1999), playing the muse in a somewhat odd comedy co-starring Matt Damon and Chris Rock; In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) (TV), the small artistic film which won Hayek an ALMA award as best actress; and the 1999 summer blockbuster Wild Wild West (1999). Her production company "Ventanarosa" produced the 1999 Mexican feature film No One Writes to the Colonel (1999), which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and selected as Mexico's official Oscar entry for best foreign film.The new millennium started out quietly around Salma as she was preparing to produce and star in her dream role, that of Frida Kahlo, the legendary Mexican painter whom Salma had been admiring her entire life and whose story she wanted to bring to the big screen ever since her arrival in Hollywood. It finally happened in 2002. Frida (2002), co-produced by Hayek, was a beautifully made film overflowing with passion and enthusiasm, with terrific performances from Salma and Alfred Molina as Kahlo's cheating husband "Diego Rivera". On the side was an entourage of stars including Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton and Valeria Golino.The picture was a hit and was nominated for six Oscars, including best actress for Hayek, who became the first Latin actress to be nominated in the category, and won the awards for make-up and its brilliant original score by Elliot Goldenthal. Hayek established herself as the serious actress that she is and, in the same year, expanded her horizons, directing The Maldonado Miracle (2003) (TV), which was shown at the Sundance Film festival. In 2003, she starred in the final of Rodriguez's "Desperado" trilogy Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), again opposite Banderas, and has just finished After the Sunset (2004) opposite Pierce Brosnan and Ask the Dust (2006) opposite Colin Farrell. Both are scheduled for release in early 2005. In the works are Robert Altman's "Paint" and Bandidas (2006) in which she will star with her friend Penélope Cruz.

Salma Hayek Movies / TV-Shows

The Oscars (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
Sausage Party (2016)
Chelsea (2016)
72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015)
Septembers of Shiraz (2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Tale of Tales (2015)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Global Citizen Festival (2015)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
The Prophet (2014)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)
Everly (2014)
Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Girl Rising (2013)
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013)
The Oscars (2013)
Here Comes the Boom (2012)
$ellebrity (2012)
Savages (2012)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
Americano (2011)
The Love We Make (2011)
As Luck Would Have It (2011)
Puss in Boots (2011)
The Talk (2010)
Grown Ups (2010)
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010)
The Women of SNL (2010)
The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show (2008)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Across the Universe (2007)
Ugly Betty (2006)
Lonely Hearts (2006)
30 Rock (2006)
Bandidas (2006)
Ask the Dust (2006)
After the Sunset (2004)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan (2004)
The Ellen Show (2003)
Stupidity (2003)
Punk'd (2003)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
The Maldonado Miracle (2003)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel (2003)
Frida (2002)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)
Timecode (2000)
Chain of Fools (2000)
Traffic (2000)
Dogma (1999)
Independent Lens (1999)
Wild Wild West (1999)
The Velocity of Gary (1998)
54 (1998)
The Faculty (1998)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998)
Will & Grace (1998)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1997)
Fools Rush In (1997)
Breaking Up (1997)
The View (1997)
Fled (1996)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Four Rooms (1995)
Desperado (1995)
Fair Game (1995)
Roadracers (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Mi vida loca (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Live! with Kelly (1988)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
Saturday Night Live (1975)

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