Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican actress, director and producer. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood. She received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Frida Kahlo in the movie Frida.
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 in 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.
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 and then wife Elizabeth Avellan soon gave Hayek a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995’s Desperado.
Hayek is a naturalized United States citizen. She dated actor Edward Norton between 1999 and 2003, and then Josh Lucas in 2003.
On March 9, 2007, Hayek confirmed her engagement to French billionaire and PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault as well as her pregnancy. 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.
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
2007 Across the Universe
2006 Lonely Hearts
2006 Ask the Dust
2004 After the Sunset
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
2000 Living It Up
2000 Chain of Fools
1999 Wild Wild West
1999 No One Writes to the Colonel
1998 The Faculty
1998 The Velocity of Gary* *(Not His Real Name)
1997 Breaking Up
1997 Fools Rush In
1997 Sistole Diastole (short)
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn
1996 Follow Me Home�
1995 Fair Game
1995 Four Rooms
1995 Midaq Alley
1993 Mi vida loca
Awards and Honor
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Action
Recipient of Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award in October 2001.
2002 Golden Camera for Best International Actress
2002 Imagen Award for Best Actress – Film
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.