Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, Salma and her brother, Sami, were raised by their Spanish mother and Lebanese father in a strict Catholic household. Growing up in an oil-rich boomtown, they wanted for nothing. When she was 12 years old, she attended a convent school in New Orleans,…more
In 2004, Salma won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special in her work on The Maldonado Miracle.
When she appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman" on June 21 2010, Dave introduced her as Salma Hayek-Pinault publicly for the first time.
While being interviewed by Extra's Terri Seymour along with her castmates from the film "Grown Up", Salma revealed her absolute terror of snakes when a four foot long snake slithered into view and she went into a complete panic.
In September 2009 ALMA Awards Ceremony, Salma Hayek was given the "Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence".
After their surprise quickie wedding on Valentine's Day 2009, Salma and billionaire François-Henri Pinault held a ceremony at Venice's Teatro La Fenice opera house on April 25 2009 so that they may include their family and friends in the celebration.
In April 2009, an anonymous post on an internet blog had provided the login details for Salma's MobileMe account.
One of the tracks in Prince's album "MPLSoUND", is addressed to Salma's daughter, Valentina, and includes the lyric "Hey, Valentina, tell your mama she should give me a call/ When she gets tired of running after you down the hall."
In 2009, Salma developed a cosmetics line inspired by her maternal grandmother, former cosmetologist Maria Luisa, whose home-made potions kept her skin glowing well into her 90s.
On February 14 2009, Salma wed French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault on in the City Hall of the Sixth Arrondissement in central Paris. In nuptuals caught most people by surprise since neither she nor her husband had made any advance mention of the event.
In conjunction with Pampers and UNICEF, Salma has served as the global spokesperson for the "One Pack = One Vaccine" campaign. It is a program that aims to provide tetanus vaccinations to developing countries where the disease is still rampant.
Salma announced in November 2008 that she was "addicted" to breastfeeding her daughter Valentina. She claims that she can see the benefits of it over bottle feeding despite her daughter being 13 months old at the time. During a trip to Sierra Leone, she revealed that she had breastfed the starving baby of another woman, who could not produce milk.
During a charity fundraiser hosted by Madonna, Salma paid a reported £175,000 for a private football lesson with David Beckham.
After a misunderstanding on a British talk show, Salma has been forced to deny rumors that she is a lesbian. The interviewer, Eamonn Holmes, was curious about her name which does not sound Mexican. She replied "I'm half Lebanese", but he misheard her and said "So you're a lesbian?"
In August 2008, a lawsuit was filed against Salma and one of the companies she owns, North Las Palmas (in California), by former employee, Alejandro Artigas. Artigas claims she had "wrongfully sought his removal" as well as "fraud, mismanagement, and/or abuse of authority."
Salma started her smoking habit on the set of the movie Frida, to have a better understanding of her character and got hooked. She quit smoking when she discovered she was pregnant.
For her role on Frida, she decided that she should gain some weight to look a little bit "meaty." She hasn't been able to lose all of it.
Robert Towne gave her the script for Frida eight years before they produced the movie. She initially declined the offer because she didn't understand the character of Frida Kahlo. As she came to know her work and her life, she was eager to make this film.
In 2003, during the Academy Awards ceremony, she was suffering from a fever of 101.
Her favorite movies are It Happened One Night, The Graduate, Gone with the Wind and Casablanca.
She has described herself as a troublemaker for sticking to her opinions and not letting people push her around.
She enjoys art.
Her brother, Sami, designs custom chairs. Some of his clients include Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.
She was named Best Newcomer at the 1989 Novela Awards.
In 1999, she formed the production company called "Ventanarosa". It literally translates to "Pink Rose."
She studied International Relations & Drama at College in Mexico City.
After falling asleep in her home, her dog, Diva, woke Salma up which alerted her to a gas leak in the house.
Salma has been the spokesmodel for several companies such as Avon, GAP and Revlon cosmetics and perfume.
Salma practiced gymnastics when she was a child.
On July 19 2005, she had spoken at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington DC to protest domestic violence.
Salma directed a music video "Te Amo Corazon" for Prince.
Never one to conform to stereotypes or the usual Hollywood expectations, she has denounced the practice of extreme dieting, saying that it makes women "bit**es."
Salma dated Josh Lucas for a year before they broke up in 2004.
Salma is fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Describing her admiration for artist Frida Kahlo, Salma said, "I think Mexico, it is broken, but it has this indestructible spirit, and that's what Frida is."
Salma is Hollywood's highest paid Latina actress at $20 million in contracts.
She dated Edward Norton from 1999 to 2003.
Salma is part of the Aldo campaign to raise awareness and funding for AIDS research.
Her stunning beauty has earned her rankings on several "Hottest Women" lists. Included are:
People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1996
#31 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2002
#34 in Maxim magazine's list of the "Hot 100 of 2005"
#18 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2007
#90 in Maxim magazine's list of the "Hot 100 of 2007"
#3 in AIM's "100 Hottest Brunettes"
Salma was named one of the ten most stylish women in the world by Mr. Blackwell (aka Richard Selzer) in 1997. InStyle named her the most stylish celebrity of 2003 and Eonline.com ranked her as the best dressed female celebrity.
Salma is the Godmother to Robert Rodríguez's children.
Salma is an Arabic name that means "peace" or "calm."
She has suffered from dyslexia since she was a small child.
Salma Hayek: (on her daughter Valentina) She's a little dictator! She is unique, magical - definitely the most colorful person I've ever met. I feel so connected to her, but at the same time, we are completely different. I discover something new about her every day.
Salma Hayek: In my world, you have to be so beautiful, so skinny, so rich, so famous and I don't believe you really have to be any of those things. You simply have to be who you are. I do have thighs and a butt. I have cellulite. Don't be too impressed with me. Don't try to dress like me or wear your hair like mine. Find your own style. Don't spend your savings trying to be someone else. You're not more important, smarter, or prettier because you wear a designer dress. I get them free and I'm too lazy to go out and look for my own. I, a rich girl from Mexico, came here with designer clothes. And one day, when I was starving in an apartment in Los Angeles, I looked at my Chanel blouses and said, "If only I could pay the rent with one of these."
Salma Hayek: If a man lets all of my dogs sleep in the bed with us, then that is the most romantic thing. You must love my dogs in order to love me. A man who is nice to my animals and doesn't shoo them away...well, that's the height of romance.
Salma Hayek: (revealing she is addicted to breastfeeding) I'm like an alcoholic. It is like, I don't care if I cry, I don't care if I am fat, I am just going to do it for one more week, one more month, and then when I see how much good it is doing her and I can't stop. The myth that says you lose all this weight when you breastfeed! That is so not true! It's like, please, will everyone stop telling me I look really well.
Salma Hayek: I started out in Hollywood at the same time as Jennifer Lopez. Before us, Latinas only had roles that were part of the backdrop, as the maid or the prostitute. We changed that. Of course, you're always looking for those Meryl Streep parts, but I am grateful for the things I did.
Salma Hayek: You can be a thousand different women. It's your choice which one you want to be. It's about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, "This is my kingdom."
Salma Hayek: (revealing she might not necessarily marry boyfriend Francois-Henri Pinault) I don't have a need for marriage. You want to grow old with someone, you want to have a partner and to have children - we have all those things. Some people need the commitment. Maybe we'll just have the party!
Salma Hayek: I don't like the way the Bible views women, this thing about the Virgin Mary conceiving a child without having sex, so if you conceive a child by having sex, there's a subliminal message that there's something dirty about it. And this is what makes us divine. I mean, the possibility of creating another life should remind women that we are creators, that we are made like God in our ability. There is nothing greater than to create another human being.
Salma Hayek: I started having problems with certain beliefs. Like in Africa, where people are dying of AIDS and overpopulation, the Catholic Church is going over to convert them and take away the condoms! And I said, "Wait a minute!"
Salma Hayek: (on working with Colin Farrell) I was a little bit worried about working with Colin. I was like, "I'm going to have to set him straight!" [But he was] never a problem. Always on time, always showed up--but always showed up passionate about the job; passionate about work; eager in the rehearsal.
Salma Hayek: (responding to the critics who were saying that she was showing a lot of skin in the movie "After the Sunset") We were in the Bahamas! What do you want me to wear, clothes? It was hot in there! (laughs) Are you complaining?
Salma Hayek: (on the nudity scenes during the movie Frida) Being naked is never easy. It took a lot of courage to do this part because the nudity has a lot to do with the intimacy of the characters. The scene on the beach represents how this woman is a free spirit, full of life, full of passion, with a twisted sense of humor. But it was very very cold. I actually had to take something special to keep my body warm. There were risks of hypothermia.
Salma Hayek: (on her six Oscar nominations for her work on Frida) Very, very excited. I am very excited that we have six Oscar nominations. I am also excited that other friends of mine are nominated for other movies and for Felipe Fernandez del Paso who is the production designer in the movie. He is a very old friend. Felipe was on the set of Teresa - the TV show I did in Mexico. He would come and visit me and now we are going to the Oscars together!
Salma Hayek: (on her singing and dancing Diana Ross imitation in Velocity) It was easy! I watched a tape of her and studied what she did. I memorized it really fast and that was it. I really do love Diana Ross. I grew up listening to her records. I grew up in a little town in Mexico, so while we got the music, we never got the experience of watching her. I only knew what she looked like from my mom's albums covers. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" has got to be one of my favorite songs ever.
Salma Hayek: (explaining how her dog alerted her to a gas leak in her home) I had a headache and went to lie down when Diva woke me up grabbing my sleeve in her mouth and trying to pull me out of the house. Then I realized the gas was on!
Salma Hayek: You know how macho boys get when they're all together? Well, the set of Desperado was like that. They were all trying to put me down, saying, 'Bring on the stuntwoman, Salma can't do that.' But I did everything. The scene where Antonio and I jump across two buildings was great. They put cables on us and it really was like flying. I didn't want to stop. I kept saying, 'Can we do it one more time?' I had a blast!
Salma Hayek: When I finally decided to leave school and pursue acting, my parents didn't take it very lightly. My friends thought that it was the tackiest thing they'd ever heard of. Acting was really beneath them. They couldn't believe that I would want to become an actress. Not now, of course.
Salma Hayek: People often say that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
Salma Hayek: Life is tough; and if you have the ability to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it.
Salma Hayek: I'm a bit of an abstract figure that people can project their fantasies on. It's pretty much what we all are, otherwise we wouldn't be stars and people wouldn't be interested. But people project things on you that have nothing to do with what you really are, or they see a little something and then exaggerate it, and you can't really control that.
Salma Hayek: I have gotten a lot more attention than...other women that I find incredibly beautiful. And this has happened to me ever since I was a girl, when I was flat, had no teeth, was skinny and small as I could be. I always got more attention than anyone else. If I hadn't, I would have made sure I did.
Salma Hayek: Before you do anything: think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone's attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.
Salma Hayek: I'd rather be a little heavier but nice, rather than skinny and bitchy.
Salma Hayek: Go for the style that fits your body type the best. Have your own voice in the way you dress.
Salma Hayek: I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.
Salma Hayek: People say we're all identical, but Jennifer Lopez is an American. She's from New York. She doesn't have an accent. Some of these Latin people - their Spanish is pathetic. They learned it when they became famous as Latinos.
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