Salma Hayek | Biography, Movies, TV Shows and Acting Career

Salma Hayek, actress: Frieda. Hot Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in Mexico. Her father is of Lebanese descent and her mother is of Mexican/Spanish descent. When she saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) at a local cinema, she decided she wanted to be an actress.

Salma Hayek | Biography, Movies, TV Shows and Acting Career


Actress Name Salma Hayek
Nickname: Salma
Profession:  Actress, Model & Singer
Age: 55 Years
Date of Birth:  2 September 1966
Birth Place: Coatzacoalcos, Veracurz, Mexico
Ethnicity: Lebanese Mexican (Spanish, possibly other),(paternal grandfather),
Horoscope / Zodiac Sign: Virgo
School/College / University: Unknown
Educational Qualification: Unknown
Nationality: American
Net worth: $85 Million
Salary per Day: N/A
Height in centimeter: 157 cm
Height in Meter: 1.57 m
Height in Feet: 5′ 2″
weight in Kilogram: 54 kg
Weight in Pounds: 119 lbs
Body Measurements: 39-24-36 in (99-61-91.5 cm)
Bra size: 36C
Waist Size: 24 Inches
Hip Size: 36 Inches
Dress Size:  4 (US)
Feet/Shoe size: 7 (US)
Hair Color:  Black
Eye Color: Brown
Body Build: Slim
Father: Sami Hayek Dominguez
Mother: Diana Jiménez Medina
Siblings: Unknown
Marital status: Married
Husband/ Spouse: François-Henri Pinault (m. 2009-)
Boyfriends: François-Henri Pinault
Children/ son/ Daughter:  Valentina Paloma Pinault

Salma Hayek is a popular Hollywood actress of Mexican descent, producer, director, and singer. The second Mexican woman to receive an Oscar nomination (2003). She is known for her roles in the paintings “Frieda”, “Desperate”, and “From Sunset to Dawn”.


Salma Valgarma Hayek Jimenez-Pino was born on September 2, 1966 in the Mexican city of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. Her mother, Diana Jimenez Medina, was an opera singer of Mexican-Spanish descent, and her father, Lebanese Sami Hayek Dominguez, was an oil company manager who once even ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos.

Salma Hayek | Biography, Movies, TV Shows and Acting Career

Salma Hayek was raised in a wealthy and very pious family. At the age of 12, the girl was sent to study at a Catholic boarding school for girls at a convent in Louisiana, USA. While Salma was studying, the doctors diagnosed her with dyslexia, which meant that the schoolgirl could not fully master her reading and writing skills. But she was successful in gymnastics.

Salma Hayek | Biography, Movies, TV Shows and Acting Career

Salma wanted to become an actress as a child when she first saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) starring Gene Wilder. But she did not succeed in coming to the dream immediately – first, the girl was expelled from the Catholic school, then she entered the Faculty of International Relations at the Ibero-American University and returned to Mexico City. Only after graduating did she feel the strength to take acting seriously.


In 1989, 23-year-old Salma Hayek made her debut in the popular Mexican TV series Teresa, where she starred. After working on this typical soap opera, Hayek became a real Mexican star, but eventually left the series and went to the United States, where she settled in Los Angeles.

Salma Hayek | Biography, Movies, TV Shows and Acting Career

Salma Hayek’s perseverance overcame her difficulties: she knew little English and was first in the United States as an illegal immigrant. Despite this, in 1991 she began training in acting with the most famous theater teacher in America – Stella Adler.

Hayek was enthusiastic about filming in Hollywood but quickly realized that Mexican women were offered mostly local roles by vulgar mistresses or prostitutes. At the beginning of her career, she had to play both in various TV series.

In one of the Spanish-language talk shows, Salma complained about this balance of power in the American film industry. In this show, she was noticed by director and producer Robert Rodriguez. The young beauty captivated him not only with her appearance but also with her wit. For Salma, meeting Rodriguez was a lucky ticket to Hollywood, as he invited Hayek to film in the action movie “Desperate” with Antonio Banderas.

The role of Carolina – the girl of the protagonist of the film – in 1995 brought Hayek fame in the United States and around the world and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers. Salma was immediately invited to film “Masks of Zorro” with the same Banderas. However, when Rodriguez left the director’s chair, Hayek declined the offer

Salma Hayek | Biography, Movies, TV Shows and Acting Career

The actress’ next successful film was the touching romantic comedy “Hurry up, make people laugh” (1997), where her partner was Matthew Parry, already known at the time for his role as Chandler in the series “Friends”.

In 1999, Salma landed a starring role in the big-budget film Wild, Wild West, where she starred with Will Smith. This was followed by a minor role in Kevin Smith’s comedy “Dogma” about the new adventures of Jay and Silent Bob, as well as two fallen archangels played by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

At the turn of the century, Salma Hayek founded her own film production company called Ventanarosa. Her first film was the 1999 film adaptation of the cult story of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Nobody Writes to the Colonel.” The film participated in the Cannes Film Festival and received the Goya nomination and the Sundance Independent Film Festival Award in 2000. The actress herself played one of the main roles in the film.

In the same year, the actress starred in Mike Figgies’ experimental film “Time Code”, recognized by many critics as one of the best films of the year. The main feature of the tape was that it was shot on a handheld camera without editing in the so-called real time.

A breakthrough in Salma’s acting career was the lead role in Julia Taymore’s biography of Frida, dedicated to the amazing destiny and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. For this role, which Hayek played with full dedication, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

As a co-producer of the project, she helped to attract to the author’s film a star cast – Edward Norton, Antonio Banderas, and Alfred Molina. But with this role that Madonna and Jennifer Lopez dreamed of, she overshadowed everyone and even sang a few songs in the film.

After the picture was released, critics and glamorous magazines began to vie to proclaim Salma one of the most attractive actresses in the world. Hayek, meanwhile, continued to star with Robert Rodriguez, starring in “Children of Spies-3” in 2003 and in the final part about the musician, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Desperate 2.” Her partners in the latest film are Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, and Mickey Rourke.

In 2003, Salma Hayek shot the film “The Miracle of Maldonado” for Showtime and received an Emmy Award in the category “Outstanding Directing of Children’s, Youth or Family Program”. This was followed only by successful and high-quality works: crime thriller with Pierce Bronson “After Sunset” (2004), a melodrama with Colin Farrell “Ask for Dust” (2005), thriller with Jared Leto and John Travolta “Lonely Hearts”, as well as comedy western “Bandits” (2006), where Salma played with his girlfriend Penelope Cruz. The audience was delighted with the deeds of two desperate girls.

In the 2010s, Salma Hayek starred extensively in high-budget entertainment films, once again showcasing her comedic talent in Classmates (2010) with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, and starring John Travolta and Blake Lively in Oliver’s Obon. 2012). In 2014, the actress voiced a role in the cartoon “The Prophet” and again played a strong woman in the action movie “Everly”. Later, she again voiced cartoons – this time in the popular comedy “Full sausage” (2016).


Salma Hayek met actor Edward Norton for four years, with whom she began a relationship in 1999, and then spent a year in a relationship with another actor – Josh Lucas.

After breaking up with him in 2004, Salma was going to become the wife of millionaire Francois Henri Pino (owner of a network of famous fashion houses – Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, one of the hundred richest people in the world), but in July 2008 the couple announced the breakup.

In September 2007, the failed couple gave birth to a daughter, Valentina Paloma Pino. The baby stayed with her mother. However, apart the couple did not live long. In April 2009, in Venice, at the La Fenici Historical Theater, Salma Hayek married Francois Henri Pino.

Salma’s best friend is the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, she is also friends with Ashley Judd and Victoria Golino. Despite dyslexia, the actress is fluent in Spanish, English, Arabic, and Portuguese.


In 2017, Salma Hayek starred in rather passable but successful films such as “Parents of Easy Behavior” with Alec Baldwin and “Bodyguard for the Killer” with Ryan Reynolds.

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