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Also Known As: Salma Hayek Pinault Died:
Born: September 2, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Coastzacoalcos, Veracruz, MX Profession: actor, director, producer

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Salma Hayek first scorched stateside cineplexes as the fiery border town bookseller who romances Antonio Banderas' vengeful "mariachi" in "Desperado" (1995). A favorite of the film's renegade writer-director Robert Rodriguez, the former telenovela star from Mexico gained a foothold in the American movie business in independent film and as a favorite on men's magazines "Sexiest" lists. Spokesmodel work for cosmetics companies further banked on her hourglass figure and smoldering on-screen charisma, but Hayek proved to have far bigger ambitions than to be another piece of Hollywood eye candy. Among her biggest box office hits was a leading role in the Will Smith summer blockbuster "Wild Wild West" (1999), though her most acclaimed performance was her Academy Award-nominated starring role as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in "Frida" (2002), which Hayek, as producer, worked for years to bring to the big screen. She went on to earn significant respect for executive producing the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty" (2006- ), which she helped adapt from its original format as a daily Columbian soap, and earned a Daytime Emmy for directing the family film "The Maldonado Miracle" (2003) for Showtime. Hayek valiantly tried...

Salma Hayek first scorched stateside cineplexes as the fiery border town bookseller who romances Antonio Banderas' vengeful "mariachi" in "Desperado" (1995). A favorite of the film's renegade writer-director Robert Rodriguez, the former telenovela star from Mexico gained a foothold in the American movie business in independent film and as a favorite on men's magazines "Sexiest" lists. Spokesmodel work for cosmetics companies further banked on her hourglass figure and smoldering on-screen charisma, but Hayek proved to have far bigger ambitions than to be another piece of Hollywood eye candy. Among her biggest box office hits was a leading role in the Will Smith summer blockbuster "Wild Wild West" (1999), though her most acclaimed performance was her Academy Award-nominated starring role as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in "Frida" (2002), which Hayek, as producer, worked for years to bring to the big screen. She went on to earn significant respect for executive producing the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty" (2006- ), which she helped adapt from its original format as a daily Columbian soap, and earned a Daytime Emmy for directing the family film "The Maldonado Miracle" (2003) for Showtime. Hayek valiantly tried to translate both her looks and intelligence into worthy film roles with varying degrees of success. However, it was her instincts as producer and director which earned consistent accolades.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Maldonado Miracle, The (2003) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Sausage Party (2016)
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 Everly (2014)
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 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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 Savages (2012)
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Raised in Coatzacaolcos, Mexico
1980:
At age 12, told her father she would "go on strike" and fail all her classes if he did not allow her to go to school in America
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Sent to a Catholic school in Texas; studied for two years before being expelled
1989:
Mexican TV series debut, "Nuevo Amancer"
1989:
Won stardom as "Teresa" in the hugely popular Mexican primetime serial
1991:
Left Mexico at the height of her popularity and moved to Los Angeles, CA
1991:
Stopped acting for a year-and-a-half to study English
1992:
First U.S. TV guest spots included "Nurses" (NBC) and "Dream On" (HBO)
1993:
Played a recurring role on the Fox family series "The Sinbad Show"
1993:
U.S. feature debut, Alison Anders' "Mi Vida Loca/My Crazy Life"
1994:
U.S. TV-movie debut, "Roadracers," a segment of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series; first collaboration with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez
1995:
Returned to Mexico to play a lead in "Midaq Alley/El Callejon de los Milagros"
1995:
Breakthrough Hollywood feature role, co-starring opposite Antonio Banderas in Rodriguez's "Desperado"
1997:
Signed contract to act as spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics
1998:
Landed featured role as a coat-check girl with aspirations to be a singer in "54"
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Formed Ventanarosa Productions
1999:
Signed agreement with Sony to create TV programs in both Spanish (for Telemundo) and English (for Columbia TriStar TV)
1999:
Cast as female lead in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Wild Wild West"
2000:
Played featured role in "Timecode," director Mike Figgis' four-screen digital feature
2000:
Made cameo appearance in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic"
2001:
Executive produced and starred in the Showtime original "In the Time of the Butterflies"
2001:
Reteamed with Figgis for "Hotel"
2002:
Portrayed the title role in "Frida," a biopic of artist Frida Kahlo, directed by Julie Taymor and produced by Hayek; earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Oscar nominations for her performance
2003:
Cast as the female lead in "Once Upon A Time In Mexico"
2004:
Signed on as spokeswoman for Avon's makeup and fragrance lines
2004:
Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan and Woody Harrelson in "After the Sunset"
2006:
Co-starred with Penelope Cruz as two bank robbers in "Bandidas"
2006:
Cast opposite Colin Farrell in the Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel "Ask the Dust"
2006:
Produced the ABC series "Ugly Betty"; also guest starred on several episodes; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
2007:
Signed a two-year overall production deal with ABC in which she and partner Jose Tamez will develop new projects for the studio through their company, Ventanarosa Productions
2009:
Cast as the bearded lady Madame Truska in the feature adaptation of "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider
2011:
Voiced the animated character Kitty Softpaws in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"
2012:
Voiced Cutlass Liz in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"
2012:
Featured in Oliver Stone┬┐s ensemble crime drama "Savages"
2012:
Co-starred with Kevin James in action comedy "Here Comes the Boom"
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Education

National University of Mexico: -
Stella Adler Conservatory: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"I aim for a lifetime full of movies. I want to work for a long, long time and keep growing in my work, and if I am very lucky and very blessed, maybe somewhere along the line there will be one movie in there that becomes a classic."---Salma Hayek in Interview, February 1997.

"I'm going to do the kinds of roles I want to be doing and give up the sexier parts. People may not want me as much in those kinds of roles. I may not be as popular, but that's the price you pay, and, right now, I'm willing to pay the price. Of course, I'm still young, and I could find what I really want is to be popular and to just keep wearing dresses slit up to there, you know?"---Hayek quoted in Movieline, January 1997.

"I have gotten a lot more attention than some of the other women that I find incredibly beautiful. And this has happened to me ever since I was a girl, when I was flat, had no teeth, was skinny and small as I could be. I always got more attention than anyone else. If I hadn't, I would have made sure I did. But there is also a relationship some people can establish with the camera that others can't. It's got nothing to do with talent. It's nothing you've earned. I learned in Mexico that the lens likes me, but I kept thinking, 'I'm famous, but am I good?' It wasn't enough for me to be famous. Now, I'm trying more and more to be good at what I do."---Hayek in Movieline, January 1997.

" ... why, asks her mom, is she still single? 'I'll get married when I find a man who has more COJONES [balls] than I do.'"---Hayek to Paul Young in Buzz, August 1995.

"When I got here I was told I needed an agent, so I got the number for William Morris..." [She picks up an invisible phone and pretends to be dailing. Then, in mock receptionist-ese] William Morris agency. 'I'd like to speak to Mr. Morris. Hello? Can I please speak to Mr. Morris?' He's dead. 'I hang up. I call again... Hello can I speak to Mr. Morris's son?' Because in Mexico, when someone dies their son always takes over. They hang up on me. I call again and say, 'Who's in charge?' And she's about to hang up, I yell, 'Bitch!' And ultimately, I ended up at William Morris. But that was much later."---Hayek quoted to Premiere, Septeber 2002.

"It's gotten better because I generate my own parts. I do get more things offered. But it's not like Hollywood is thinking more broadly about casting Latins. It's because of the money you [Latins] represent internationally. It's not out of any respect for your [Latin] culture."---Hayek quoted to Premiere

"To dream big doesn't necessarily mean to imagine becoming the biggest movie star in the world. Dreaming big is about taking the simplest thing in life and enjoying it, and seeing it as the biggest thing that can possibly exist."---Hayek quoted to O Magazine, September 2003.

"Men who are too vain turn me off. They're posing and trying so hard to impress you that you don't feel like you are ever with them. I can't speak for all women, but what I want from a man is honesty and partnership."---Hayek to InStyle, September 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Richard Crenna Jr. Actor. Engaged; no longer together; met in 1991 acting class.
companion:
Edward Atterton. Actor. Dated from 1997 to 1999; met during filming of "The Hunchback".
companion:
Edward Norton. Actor, director. Dating from late 1999; Hayek and Norton were rumored to be married as of January 2003- never confirmed; no longer together as of June 2003.
companion:
Josh Lucas. Actor. Dating as of August 2003; split Septeber 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Sami Hayek Dominguez. Businessman. Lebanese; ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico in 1997.
mother:
Diana Hayek. Opera singer; talent scout. Mexican.
brother:
Sami Hayek. Younger.

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