Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1968 in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico.

“I proved to myself that if I believed in something and decided to do it, I could achieve it”

  • One of the most recognized Latin actresses in Hollywood.
  • Movies : From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Bandidas, The Mexican…
  • Parents : Sami Hayek Dominguez and Diana Jimenez Medina
  • Spouse: François-Henri Pinault (d. 2009)
  • Children: Valentina Paloma Pinault
  • Name : Salma Hayek Jimenez
  • Height : 1.57m

Salma Hayek Biography

Daughter of Diana Jiménez Medina, opera singer and talent scout. Her father, Sami Hayek Domínguez, who ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos, was an oil company executive and owner of an industrial equipment company. 

Her paternal grandfather was from Baabdat, in Lebanon. Her grandmother and her maternal great-grandparents have her origin in Spain. Her younger brother, Sami, was born in 1972.Her name, Salma, means peace or calm in Arabic.She was raised in a devout Catholic family.

Salma Hayek Studies

She entered the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, United States, at the age of twelve. As a teenager she was diagnosed with dyslexia.

She attended the University of Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

From a very young age she dreamed of being an actress. She was proposed to shoot a couple of spots for television and later she was the Televisa girl in the ad for one of her networks. She took acting classes and dropped out of college, much to the opposition of her family.


Salma Hayek Career

Her first professional job was a children’s play, Aladdin . There she was seen by a producer who offered her a role in the telenovela New Dawn . Immediately after, she became the protagonist of Teresa , a filler telenovela, because it was broadcast in the middle of the afternoon.

All the protagonists were unknown and her character, although she suffered a lot, also knew how to be bad. She had everything to not work out, and yet she did. She broke records in Mexico. 

She got a 61 percent audience. They moved it to prime time and Salma Hayek became famous overnight.He left his country and moved to Los Angeles to study at the Stella Adler School . In two years she did nothing, to concentrate on acting classes.

Salma Hayek Films

After playing small roles in some telefilms, she returned to Mexico to shoot The alley of miracles , which was followed in the United States by Desperado , directed by Robert Rodríguez .

Her sensual dance with a snake stands out in From Dusk Till Dawn, by the same director, ” First of all I will say that before making this film, what scared me the most in life were vipers, authentic panic, I tried to talk Robert into changing his mind, but he told me either I’m going to do it with the snake or I’m going to give Madonna the part.. So for months I did everything: psychoanalysis, meditation, dream work, consultations with witches, voodoo… everything to get rid of that fear. In the end I found a person who took it off in a single session.

Dancing with an albino python of many meters ends up being a very interesting experience, because she is the one that takes your rhythm .” the sisters, Mirabal, who opposed the Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas TrujilloIn 2002.


Salma Hayek starred in a film about her compatriot the painter Frida Kahlo Directed in English by the American Julie Taymorand with a cast that includes the British Alfred Molina (in the role of Diego Rivera ) and the Spanish Antonio Banderas  (as David Alfaro Siqueiros ), Frida recounts the life and artistic career of one of the most important Mexican painters of the 20th century. 

Salma Hayek Awards
2003 — Best Actress — Frida — Nomineefor Golden Globes
2003 — Best Drama Actress — Frida — Nomineefor TV and Novel Awards (Mexico)
1990 — Best Newcomer Female — Teresa — Winner
1989 — Best Debut Actress — New Dawn — Winner

In October 2003, the actress received a loud ovation from the public at the screening of her debut feature as a director, The Miracle of Maldonado , which was screened at the First Morelia International Film Festival , and in 2004 the film ‘ Ultra ‘ was released. Violet ‘, directed by Robert Altman . 

Hayek, she was joined by James Franco in the cast of this mystery film, centered on the art world in New York.In December 2005, she directed a music video for Prince , titled Te Amo Corazón . 

She was an executive producer on Ugly Betty , a television series that aired from 2006 to 2010.In April 2007, he negotiated with MGM to become CEO of his own production company, Ventanarosa . The following month, Ventanarosa signed a two-year contract with ABC to develop projects for the network.In 2010, she played Adam Sandler ‘s wife in the sitcom Grown Ups .


In 2012, Hayek directed Jada Pinkett Smith in the music video Nothing Compares . She reprized her role in Grown Ups 2 , which was released in July 2013. She later presented:

-Tale of Tales (2015), 

-Sausage Party (2016), 

-The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017),

-Beatriz at Dinner (2017),

-How to Be a Latin Lover (2017), 

-Drunk Parents (2017),

-The Hummingbird Project (2018),

-Drunk Parents (2019),

-The Eternals (2021).

In 2012, she was nominated for a Goya Award for best female performance for the film As luck would have it (2011).She is a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Salma , also known for being the face of Revlon and Avon, has her own production company called Ventana Rosa with which she made “Frida” in 2002, a film that received 6 Oscar nominations,including best actress for Hayek and ended up taking home two awards for makeup and original music.

After several years of working for film projects, Hayek returns to the small screen with the series Ugly Betty , which quickly positioned herself among the public’s favorites and, in In 2007, it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy SeriesThe actress has slowed down her work rate since she had with François-Henri Pinault, the apple of her eye.

Salma Hayek Private Life

As for her personal life, Salma’s first known partner was Edward Norton , it was expected that this romance would attract media attention due to the fame of both. Many believed that it would end in a wedding, but it did not, and in 2003 they ended their relationship, remaining good friends. 


Soon after, love knocks on her door again and she begins an 11-month relationship with Josh Lucas .It was not until 2007 that she – after a few months of relationship with François-Henri Pinault, the heir to the conglomerate of luxury brands PPR – she surprised with the double news that she was going to be a mother and that she was engaged to the billionaire . On September 21 of the same year, the baby, Valentina Paloma, was born.,

This becoming Salma a mother for the first time and François-Henri for the fourth time – he was already the father of Francois and Mathilde, the fruit of his first marriage, and August, the fruit of his relationship with the model Linda Evangelista. 

The couple had some problems, which is why they were separated for a while. With the passage of time and after some reunions, they overcame their differences and, on February 14, 2009, they were married in a civil ceremony that took place in Paris.

Salma Hayek Net Worth

The net worth of the 52-year-old actress is $115 million. Combined with her husband’s net worth of $7 billion, her combined net worth is $7.1 billion.

In April of this year, Hayek’s husband and father-in-law pledged $113 million in a non-tax-deductible donation. This came after the fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Hayek praised her family on Instagram for her generosity in a bilingual post.

The actress has ventured into two businesses in particular that are close to her.


One was Hayek’s Nuance line of skin care and makeup that CVS stores carried through 2017. The line was very popular with customers but unfortunately appears to have been discontinued by the store chain. It can still be found for sale online.

It also launched in 2008 a line of organic juices that offers delivery to customers called Colder Cleanse . Hayek wanted to offer customers fresh juices for three to five day cleanses.

“After doing a juice cleanse,” she told Harpers Bazaar in September, “I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleaning is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I am putting into my body. I commit to my health and hit the reset button.’

On the Cooler Cleanse website, product co-founder Hayek says, ‘I don’t like dieting and I’m not good at it. Doing a fresher clean doesn’t feel like a deprivation. I am flooding my body with nutrients from organic fruits and vegetables.’

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