Salma Hayek

BirthDay:

02 Sep 1966

BirthPlace:

Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico

BirthName:

Salma Valgarma Hayek-Jimenez

Bio:

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, 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 businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her opera-singing mother, Diana Jiménez Medina. Her father is of Lebanese descent and her mother is of Mexican/Spanish ancestry. After having seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) in a local movie theatre, Salma decided she wanted to become an actress. At 12, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, Louisiana, 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), 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), 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 147 credits )

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
The Krostons (2017)
Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Beatriz
Sausage Party (2016) Teresa Taco (voice)
Drunk Parents (2016)
Septembers of Shiraz (2015) Farnez
Tale of Tales (2015)
Celebrity Conversations (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Tria33 (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
The Prophet (2014) Kamila (voice)
Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)
Everly (2014)
Journey to Sundance (2014) Herself
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Herself
Bystander Revolution (2014)  Herself (9 episodes, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Grown Ups 2 (2013) Roxanne Chase-Feder
Girl Rising (2013) Narrator - Peru (voice)
Movie Guide (2013)  Roxanne Chase-Feder (1 episode, 2013)
Ok! TV (2013)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Here Comes the Boom (2012) Bella Flores
Savages (2012) Elena
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Cutlass Liz (voice)
$ellebrity (2012) Herself (as Salm Hayek Pinault)
Katie (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Le grand 8 (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
As Luck Would Have It (2011) Luisa
Americano (2011) 'Lola'
Puss in Boots (2011) Kitty Softpaws (voice)
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010) Elisa (archive footage)
Grown Ups (2010) Roxanne Chase-Feder (as Salma Hayek Pinault)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Herself (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
Daybreak (2010)  Herself - Vanity Fair Party (1 episode, 2012)
The Talk (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) Madame Truska
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself (5 episodes, 2010-2013)
Cubed (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Séries express (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Les stars se dépassent pour ELA (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Robert Wilson: Video Portraits (2008)
Across the Universe (2007) Singing Nurse
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Elena (1 episode, 2012)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Herself (2 episodes, 2011)
De par en par (2007)  Carolina / ... (1 episode, 2007)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Santanico Pandemonium (archive footage) (1 episode, 20
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012-2015)
Bandidas (2006) Sara Sandoval
Lonely Hearts (2006) Martha Beck
Ask the Dust (2006) Camilla
30 Rock (2006)  Elisa Padriera (8 episodes, 2009-2013)
Ugly Betty (2006)  Sofia Reyes / ... (8 episodes, 2006-2007)
Close Up (2006)  Actress / ... (1 episode)
El hormiguero (2006)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
AM - Antes del mediodía (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (4 episodes, 2009-2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
After the Sunset (2004) Lola Cirillo
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Herself (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Carolina
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Cesca Giggles
Stupidity (2003) Herself
Until the Violence Stops (2003) Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009-2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself (4 episodes, 2006-2013)
Punk'd (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
La méthode Cauet (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002) Herself (archive footage)
Frida (2002) Frida Kahlo
Searching for Debra Winger (2002) Herself
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Hotel (2001) Charlee Boux
Revealed with Jules Asner (2001)  Herself (2 episodes, 2002)
Traffic (2000) Rosario (uncredited)
Living It Up (2000) Lola
Chain of Fools (2000) Kolko
Timecode (2000) Rose
El rayo (2000)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Dogma (1999) Serendipity
Wild Wild West (1999) Rita Escobar
Get Bruce (1999) Herself
No One Writes to the Colonel (1999) Julia
Action (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 1999)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 1999)
The Velocity of Gary (1998) Mary Carmen
The Faculty (1998) Nurse Rosa Harper
54 (1998) Anita Randazzo
Will & Grace (1998)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2006)
Total Request Live (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
God kveld Norge (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998) Herself
Breaking Up (1997) Monica
Fools Rush In (1997) Isabel Fuentes Whitman
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (5 episodes, 2006)
Gente bien (1997)  Teresa (1 episode, 1997)
Who the Hell Is Juliette? (1997) Herself
Sistole Diastole (1997) Carmelita
Fled (1996) Cora
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Santanico Pandemonium
Follow Me Home (1996) Veronica
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (3 episodes, 1997-2001)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Herself (3 episodes, 2005-2008)
Continuarà... (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Four Rooms (1995) TV Dancing Girl (segment "The Misbehavers")
Fair Game (1995) Rita
Desperado (1995) Carolina
Midaq Alley (1995) Alma
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Howard Stern (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Extra (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Rebel Highway (1994)  Donna (1 episode, 1994)
El vuelo del águila (1994)  Juana Catalina Romero (1 episode, 1994)
Mi vida loca (1993) Gata
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself / ... (7 episodes, 1997-2013)
The Sinbad Show (1993)  Gloria Contreras (3 episodes, 1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (7 episodes, 1998-2009)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1999-2003)
Jack's Place (1992)  Gypsy Katrina 'Kata' Nicklos (1 episode, 1993)
Nurses (1991)  Yolanda Cuevas (1 episode, 1992)
Street Justice (1991)  Andrea (1 episode, 1992)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2002-2012)
Dream On (1990)  Carmella (1 episode, 1992)
Pa'lante con Cristina (1989)  Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Teresa (1989)  Teresa
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself / ... (7 episodes, 2004-2013)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
This Morning (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Un nuevo amanecer (1988)  Fabiola
Seitenblicke (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (6 episodes, 1999-2008)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Herself (2 episodes, 1996-2011)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (6 episodes, 2005-2009)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Herself - Host (1 episode, 2003)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
Today (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)

Producer ( 4 credits )

Septembers of Shiraz (2015) executive producer
The Prophet (2014) producer
Ugly Betty (2006) executive producer (85 episodes, 2006-2010)
Frida (2002) producer