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Salma Hayek - Biography, Profile

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Salma Hayek is a Mexican and American actress, director, television and film producer.
She was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico.

Her Lebanese-Mexican father was a rich businessman and her mother was an opera singer. At a very young age, Salma already knew she wanted to be an actress and, after finishing high school, she felt more than ready to pursue her ambition.

Salma Hayek has appeared in more than thirty films and performed as an actress outside of Hollywood in Mexico and Spain. Hayek’s charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.

Desperado was released in 1995 and was a hit. Antonio Banderas and Hayek had ignited sparks on the screen and the moviegoers fell in love with both stars. By now, she had entered the Hollywood scene. This hadn’t happened for a Latina actress since the 1930s with the success of Dolores del Rio and, later on, with Rita Moreno.

Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood, since the legendary Dolores del Rio. She is also, after Fernanda Montenegro, the second of four Latin American actresses to achieve a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

In July 2007, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Hayek fourth in their inaugural Latino Power 50, a list of the most powerful members of the Hollywood Latino community. That same month, a poll found Hayek to be the “sexiest celebrity” out of a field of 3,000 celebrities (male and female); according to the poll, “65 percent of the U.S. population would use the term ‘sexy’ to describe her”.

She remains one of the most hardworking actresses in Hollywood. New films include a high profile classic-style western comedy, ‘Banditas,’ co-starring pal Penélope Cruz, with whom she has been friends for years. They play two bank robbers becoming Mexico’s Thelma and Louise. Another of her new films is the highly anticipated ‘Ask The Dust’ directed by the brilliant Robert Towne.