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Salma Hayek          

Actress, Director & Producer; Known for "Frida"

Salma Hayek is an Academy Award-nominated actress, director and producer. Born in Mexico in 1966, Hayek dropped out of school to become an actress. She got her big break in Hollywood with a role in Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado," eventually ascending to the pinnacle of the industry with her Academy Award-nominated turn in "Frida." Hayek has also been involved in TV work, notably serving as executive producer of the hit series "Ugly Betty," which won a Golden Globe in 2007.

Hayek's increasingly intellectual and passionate approach to filmmaking culminated in her dream role in 2002's "Frida," which she both produced and starred in as Frida Kahlo. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including a best actress nomination for Hayek—making her the first Latin actress to be nominated in that category.

Large-scale projects followed the success of "Frida," including directing 2002's "The Maldonado Miracle;" starring in the final episode of the "Desperado" trilogy, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003); and appearing in the heist thriller "After the Sunset" (2004) with Pierce Brosnan.

Hayek proved that she could hold her own as a voice actor as well after appearing in "Puss in Boots" (2011)—a spin-off of the popular Shrek franchise—alongside Antonio Banderas, who voiced the lead role. She also reprised her role as Adam Sandler's wife in "Grown Ups 2" (2013). After starring in the violent action flick "Everly" (2015), Hayek pivoted to more serious material with the widespread release of Kahlil Gibran’s "The Prophet" later that year. The actress produced and provided voiceover work for the movie, an animated retelling of Gibran's collection of spiritual essays.

In December 2017, after dozens of other women had come forth to accuse mega-producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, harassment and other disturbing behavior, Hayek penned an op-ed piece for The New York Times titled, "Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too."

Hayek began dating French entrepreneur Francois-Henri Pinault in 2006, and the couple became engaged the following year. She gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault in 2007, after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The couple married on Valentine's Day 2009 in Paris, France, and held a second ceremony soon after in Venice.


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