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Date of Birth:
September 2, 1966
Place of Birth:
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
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Born September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Salma Hayek has become on of the more popular leading ladies on film today. Salma certainly didn't have the average life of others from her country, as her father was a top exec with the state-owned oil company and mother was an opera singer.
Salma has admitted to having had a very spoiled childhood which included her own private zoo, Colorado ski trips, and summers on Greek islands. Originally, this Spanish speaking actress was working in Mexico on the highest rated television program in that country. Hayek had dreams of going to Hollywood and conquering a bigger name for herself and quit the popular show and start from the bottom, not even knowing the language she was hoping to act in. After heading to LA in '91, Hayek spent extensive time learning English and acting. She also met Richard Crenna Jr. there when they took acting lessons and were briefly engaged but later broke up and called it off.

Hayek got a huge break when director Robert Rodriguez had caught Hayek on a Spanish television talk show. Rodriguez contacted her and had planned on having her star in his upcoming movie Desperado, and after a little convincing of his financial backers, she landed the role. Starring opposite Antonio Banderas, the movie was the start of her highly successful movie career. Though she was criticized in her native country of Mexico for her nude sex scenes with Antonio to which she replied "In Mexico, people are still very reserved about sex". Next up came the movies Fair Game and Fled where she co-starred with William Baldwin. Her roles in 1997 brought the acclaimed Fools Rush In and the TNT movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame.where she dated co-star Edward Atterton for an extensive amount of time before later breaking off the relationship. Salma's latest roles in 1999 brought the much hyped but much disappointing Wild Wild West which co-starred Will Smith, as well as Dogma, which stars Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris Rock. In Wild WIld West, Salma was so nervous about her nude scene she cleared the studio and was further instigated when Will hung a BA as she was turning to read her lines, but the ever cool Salma didn't even flinch to the displeasure of Smith who presumably wanted to see Salma's fine bod a little longer! She's also scheduled to play the role of painter Frida Kahlo in the biographical film Frida. She wanted the role of the bisexual painter so bad that she volunteered to do a girl-girl lesbian scene if the director so choosed. The role was also one that Madonna coveted. Speaking of girl girl sex scenes, Salma is slated to be in another one this year with Jeanne Tripplehorn and will be smooching big in the new Mike Figgis movie Time Code 2000. Sources say its sizzling.

What's the latest in Salma's life? Well she currently is dating Edward Norton, who earlier had been dating Courtney Love of the band Hole. There is some debate though whether they still are an item, as the Enquirer reported that her and Tony Lord were getting cuddly and holding hands during the taping of Wild Wild West filmed Vancouver before presumably getting naked in the hotel they were staying in. Her spokeman insisted nothing is going on. She also seems highly critical of fellow Latino star Jennifer Lopez. Hayek bristles at comments saying how far Latin's have made it in Hollywood, responding by saying: "Don't tell me that Latins are making it in Hollywood! Every time I hear that, it makes me so mad! Some people say, 'But look at Jennifer Lopez! Look what she's doing.' Jennifer Lopez is from New York. Do you hear an accent? Her grandparents or her parents, maybe. Her Spanish is very bad. She is a very good actress ... and now it's very convenient because when she has to be Latin, she's Latin. But 'Out of Sight' was not about a Puerto Rican. It was about a couple from New York." She further says about Hollywood's anti-Mexican stance: "When I asked a producer to consider casting a Latina as a fashion editor, he told me a Latina might be all right in the role but definitely not a Mexican. People around here think that Mexicans are lazy and have no style." Whatever the case, many in Hollywood do think that Salma has style, and is a refreshing break from the anorexic, bulimic, and siliconed actresses who currently dominate film and music.

October 31, 2007 - The New York Post reports Salma Hayek still plans on marrying Francois-Henri Pinault despite his prior relationship with Linda Evangelista, who gave birth a year ago to Pinault's son, Augustin. Hayek gave birth a month ago to Pinault's daughter, Valentina. Hayek's rep told The Post the wedding is still on but declined further comment.

October 6, 2007 - Carson Daly joked during his 'Last Call' TiVo monologue on Friday (September 28): "Congratulations to Salma Hayek, who gave birth to a baby girl. Also, congratulations to anyone who sites across from her at a restaurant while she breast feeds."

September 22, 2007 - E! Online reports Salma Hayek and her fiancé, French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, welcomed their first child together Friday, daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault. "Mother and child are doing well," Hayek's publicist, Cari Ross, said in a statement.

August 28, 2007 - Salma Hayek was snapped leaving Fred Segal Mauro Café in West Hollywood on Wednesday (August 15). Check out pictures from TMZ.

August 12, 2007 - Salma Hayek was glowing in a summery, printed dress and wedge espadrilles. Check out pictures from X17.

July 26, 2007 - A very preggers Salma Hayek took her baby bump to dinner at the Ivy Saturday night (July 14). Check out pictures and video from X17.

July 26, 2007 - A very pregnant Salma Hayek showed up in North Hollywood the other day for a little shopping. Check out pictures and video from X17.

July 26, 2007 - A very pregnant Salma Hayek was spotted leaving The Ivy restaurant from back door on Thursday (July 19) in Beverly Hills. Watch footage from Lulop.

July 12, 2007 - TV Guide features a woman is made over to look like Salma Hayek. Watch the clip at YouTube.

June 24, 2007 - Salma Hayek was on hand as Colette Jewerly celebrated its first US store on June 21st at Republic in Los Angeles, California. Check out pictures from WireImage.

June 14, 2007 - Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek attended the 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards on June 1st at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Check out pictures from PRPhotos, Abaca (arrivals / pressroom), Photoshot, FilmMagic, DailyCeleb, CelebrityPhoto, and RexFeatures.

June 14, 2007 - Salma Hayek attended the 4th Annual First Star Celebration for Children's Rights at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on June 2nd. Check out pictures from DailyCeleb, CelebrityPhoto, and WireImage.

June 14, 2007 - Salma Hayek was spotted having lunch at the Little Door on Sunday (June 3). Check out pictures from X17.

June 14, 2007 - Salma Hayek attended Pinault's private dinner at the Fondazione Cini during the 52nd annual Biennale on June 8th in Venice, Italy. Check out pictures from GettyImages and WireImage.

June 1, 2007 - Salma Hayek stepped out in West Hollywood wearing a top with the slogan 'Stylish. Sexy. Pregnant.' Check out pictures from TheSun and INF.

May 20, 2007 - Salma Hayek was spotted as she left for lunch with fiance Fran. Check out pictures from BigPictures.

May 20, 2007 - Salma Hayek stepped out dressed in blue on Thursday (May 10) in Paris, France. Check out pictures from Splash.

May 20, 2007 - A very pregnant Salma Hayek was spotted with her fiance Francois-Henri Pinualt posing at the New York Met Costume Gala. Watch footage from Lulop.

May 20, 2007 - Salma Hayek was spotted leaving the Hotel Georges V in Paris, France. Check out pictures from Splash and RexFeatures.

May 20, 2007 - Salma Hayek was spotted lunching at Café du Louvre with her fiance Francois-Henri Pinault on Wednesday (May 9) in Paris, France. Watch footage from X17.

May 20, 2007 - Salma Hayek was spotted in a white shirt and black cap. Check out pictures from Splash.

April 23, 2007 - Salma Hayek has announced plans to start her own production company, Ventanazul, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer aiming to create movies that not only feature Latino themes and talent but have mass-market appeal. "This deal represents an amazing opportunity to draw upon the entire range of ways the Latin world can contribute to the film industry," Hayek said. "We want these movies to appeal to everyone, but we also hope to make Latino audiences proud." Read more.

April 23, 2007 - Salma Hayek says women are unfairly pressed to have children. "I think it's terrible women are put in that position. Motherhood is not for everyone   it is for me, but there's no reason women should feel rushed to have a child," she told the upcoming issue of Marie Claire. "I don't know if you've noticed, but society thinks if you don't have children, you've failed as a woman, even if you are CEO of a company. You've got to be beautiful, smart, skinny, tall, rich, successful at your job, married to the right guy   and have genius children." Read more.

April 7, 2007 - 'Extra' has a preview of Salma Hayek's new film 'Lonely Hearts'. Watch it here.

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