Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, a Mexican-American actress, director and producer, was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her mother, Diana Jimenez Medina, is an opera singer and her father is businessman Sami Hayek Dominguez. She has a younger brother, Sami.

Salma studied at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, and at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. In 1988, she played her first role in “Un Nuevo Amanecer”. In a year, she played in “Teresa”, the film, which made her a real star in Mexico. Her first Hollywood role was in “Desperado” (1995), where she played with Antonio Banderas. Her most famous movies are “Fools Rush In” (1997), “Wild Wild West” (1999), “Frida” (2002), “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” (2003), “Bandidas” (2006), “Grown Ups” (2010) and “Tale of Tales” (2015).

In 2000, Salma created her own production company “Ventanarosa”. “El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba” was the first movie, produced by her. In 2002, she co-produced “Frida”, where she also played the leading role, for which she was nominated for Oscar. In 2003, she directed “The Maldonado Miracle” and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. In 2005, she was director of Prince’s music video “Te Amo Corazon”. In 2006-2010, Hayek was an executive producer of TV series “Ugly Betty”, which received a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series.

Salma also took part in many advertising campaigns, including the ones for Avon costetics, Revlon, Chopard, Campari, Cartier and Lincoln cars. She also has her own line of cosmetics, called “Nuance”. Hayek is a social activist as well. She fights against race discrimination and violence against women.

In 2009, Salma Hayek got married to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault. She gave birth to their daughter Valentina Paloma in 2007.