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Salma Hayek

Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz) is a Mexican actress, director and producer of Lebanese descent. Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood. She is also, after Fernanda Montenegro, the second of three Latin American actresses (the other being Catalina Sandino Moreno) to achieve a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, the daughter of Diana Jiménez Medina, an opera singer and talent scout, and Sami Hayek Dominguez, an oil company executive who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos. Hayek's father is of Lebanese descent, while her mother is of Spanish descent. Her first given name, Salma, is Arabic for "Welcome". Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Roman Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, at the age of twelve. While there, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She attended college in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.   Hayek moved to Los Angeles, California in 1991 to study acting under Stella Adler.She had limited fluency in English, which was attributed to her suffering from dyslexia. Robert Rodriguez and his producer and then wife Elizabeth Avellan soon gave Hayek a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995's Desperado. Hayek had a starring part opposite Matthew Perry in the romantic comedy Fools Rush In. She followed her role in Desperado with a brief role as a vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn, in which she performed a table-top snake dance. In 1999, she co-starred in Will Smith's big-budget Wild Wild West, and played a supporting role in Kevin Smith's Dogma. In 2000, Hayek had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. In 2003, she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy.

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Salma Hayek: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Salma Hayek
GOOD GENES OR GOOD DOCS?

Salma Hayek has always kept a lid on her incredibly good looks.Here's the then 32-year-old "Dogma" actress showing off in a lilac "Blossom" inspired bucket hat at an LA premiere in 1998 (left) and… READ MORE >

Cops Sweep Will Smith's House for Michelle Obama Lunch

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Cops Sweep House For Michelle Obama Shindig

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith got a visit from L.A. County Sheriff's deputies Monday, who were there to secure the property for a little lunch the Smiths are throwing for the First Lady of the… READ MORE >

- 543 days ago
Salma Hayek -- Halle Berry's Expert Witness in Custody Fight

Salma Hayek
Expert Witness in Halle Berry Custody Fight

Halle Berry has an ace up her sleeve in her child custody war ... her good friend Salma Hayek ... and Halle believes her sexy friend could help her convince a judge that moving to France is… READ MORE >

- 611 days ago
Sexy 'Savages' -- Salma Hayek vs. Blake Lively: Who'd You Rather?

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Salma vs. Blake Who'd You Rather?

"Savages" stars Salma Hayek and Blake Lively gave good face -- and body --  at separate premieres of their new new film recently.Question is ...More Who'd you rather? Mimi Rogers vs. Nicole… READ MORE >

- 651 days ago
Salma Hayek: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Salma Hayek
Good Genes or Good Docs?

Salma Hayek's gorgeousness needs no translation.Here's the 28-year-old Oscar nominated actress back in 1995 (left) -- and 17 years later, the 45-year-old goddess at an event in Cannes this week… READ MORE >

- 692 days ago
Salma Hayek -- Busted Outside Madeo

Salma Hayek
Busted Outside Madeo

Salma Hayek could barely contain herself as she made her way to Madeo in L.A. last night.The 43-year-old really is one of the breast actresses in town. READ MORE >

- 1326 days ago
Salma Hayek -- The Cups Runneth Over

Salma Hayek
The Cups Runneth Over

Gorgeous Salma Hayek got busted in NYC last night ... with the help of her strapless white dress.The 43-year-old hot mama showed off her God-given talents as she left her hotel and headed to the… READ MORE >

- 1395 days ago
Salma Hayek Is the Octo-Mom?

Salma Hayek
Is the Octo-Mom?

Here's gorgeous actress Salma Hayek in Venice, Italy on Wednesday (left) -- and everybody's favorite artificially inseminated mother of 14 Nadya Suleman (right). Only one of them married a… READ MORE >

- 1822 days ago
Salma -- The Breast Milk Factory is Closed!

Salma
The Breast Milk Factory is Closed!

To the dismay of millions and millions of excited babies, it seems Salma Hayek's days of whipping out her breasts and feeding random children who don't belong to her are over.  READ MORE >

- 1877 days ago
Salma Hayek -- Got Breast Milk?

Salma Hayek
Got Breast Milk?

Salma did her duty for a malnourished baby in Sierra Leone! The line forms to the left.  READ MORE >

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