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Salma Hayek-Jimenez was born on September 2, 1966, and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Her religious parents -- father of Lebanese descent, mother of Spanish descent -- wanted to ensure that their daughter would be well-educated, and sent her to a Louisiana boarding school when she was 12. Sent back home for being a prankster, Hayek finished high school and was sent to Houston to live with her aunt until the age of 17.

salma hayek is teresa in mexico

Once a college student in Mexico City, majoring in international relations studies, Hayek finally decided to drop out (to her parents' chagrin) to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress.

Hayek started out doing local theater, including a role as the female lead in Aladdin and His Marvelous Lamp. Theater work eventually led to commercials, which finally led to a part on a series called Un nuevo amanecer. Hayek was considered a star in Mexico for her role as Teresa in the popular soap opera of the same name. This was, however, not enough for the ambitious beauty who had set her sights on Hollywood.

Hayek moved to Los Angeles in 1991, a complete unknown in a city full of aspiring actors. Foreign to the English language, Hayek spent the next 18 months taking English lessons, while perfecting her acting skills with drama teacher Stella Adler.

Although Hayek spent four months auditioning for a lead role that finally went to another actress, the film's director, impressed by her determination, cast her in a smaller role in the same film (1993's Mi vida loca, a.k.a My Crazy Life) so that she could become a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

salma hayek in desperado

Her big break had finally arrived, and it was mostly thanks to her appearance on a Spanish-language cable talk show. Director Robert Rodriguez caught Hayek's appearance, and knew he had to cast her for the sequel to his successful film El Mariachi: 1995's Desperado, opposite Antonio Banderas.

Roles in 1995's Fair Game and 1996's Fled did not do the actress justice, but with Salma Hayek websites finding their home in cyberspace and roles pouring in, audiences were sure to take notice of this Mexican beauty.

In 1996, Salma appeared in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn with George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, and starred alongside Matthew Perry in the 1997 romantic comedy, Fools Rush In. That same year, Hayek charmed audiences with her role as Esmeralda in a TNT rendition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame simply called Hunchback.

Hayek's film repertoire continued to expand, with a role as a cocaine-sniffing dancer in 54, based on the rise and fall of the popular '70s nightclub. She also starred opposite Jordana Brewster and Elijah Wood in 1998's teen slasher flick, The Faculty (also a Robert Rodriguez film), alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in 1999's controversial Dogma, and opposite Kevin Kline and Will Smith in 1999's big budget disappointment, Wild Wild West.

salma hayek is frida kahlo

In 2000, Salma kept busy with roles in Timecode, Chain of Fools, and she had a brief uncredited appearance in the Oscar-winning Traffic. After a role in 2001's Hotel, Hayek starred in the made-for-TV movie In the Time of the Butterflies.

In the meantime, Salma was working on what would become her pet project, Frida. A biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the movie was released in 2002, featured Salma in the title role, and was also co-produced by Hayek. The role garnered Salma Best Actress nominations by the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe Awards. She took home Best Actress trophies at the Imagen Foundation Awards and the Golden Camera (Best International Actress).

once upon time in mexico for salma

In 2003, Salma appeared in Rodriguez's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, as well as the sequel to Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

In addition to her movies and accolades, Salma Hayek made headlines thanks to a four-year romance with Edward Norton (he appeared in Frida, and even wrote the final script). She has also been romantically linked with former fianc Richard Crenna, Jr. and actor Edward Atterton. She has currently been spotted with actor Josh Lucas (from The Hulk).

salma hayek in after the sunset

In 2004, Salma can add the movies After the Sunset, the animated film Sian Ka'an (for which she lends her voice), Paint, and Murphy's Law to her resume. She is also tapped to star in 2005's Ask the Dust with Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer.


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