Salma Valgarma Hayek is a Lebanese-Mexican actress, director and producer of Lebanese descent. She is one of the most prominent Lebanese-Mexican figures in Hollywood.
Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, the daughter of Diana Jiménez Medina, an opera singer and talent scout and Sami Hayek Dominguez, an oil company executive who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos. Hayek's father is Lebanese, while her mother is of Spanish descent. . Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Roman Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, at the age of twelve. While there, she was diagnosed with dyslexia.She attended college in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Director, producer and actress
Around 2000, Hayek founded film production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces film and television projects. Her first feature as a producer was 1999's El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, Mexico's official selection for submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
In 1994, Hayek was romantically linked with boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez. She dated actor Edward Norton between 1999 and 2003. She is a good friend of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and co-starred with her in the 2006 film Bandidas. Hayek studied at Ramtha's School Of Enlightenment. Her brother, Sami Hayek,is a designer with his own line of products at Target and clients that include Louis Vuitton, Brad Pitt, and the Mexican Government.
On March 9, 2007, Hayek confirmed she was expecting her first child with PPR CEO Fracois-Henri Pinault. On September 21, 2007, she gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault at Cedars-Sinai Medial Center in Los Angeles, California. On July 18, 2008, Hayek and Pinault announced the end of their engagement.They later reconciled and were married on Valentine's Day, 2009 in Paris. On April 25, 2009, they were married a second time in Venice.
- Recipient of Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award in October 2001.
- Recipient of Producers Guild Of America Celebration of Diversity Award in 2003.
- Recipient of Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award in February 2006.
- Recipient of Time Magazine 25 Most Influential Hispanics in 2005.
In July 2007, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Hayek fourth in their inaugural Latino Power 50, a list of the most powerful members of the Hollywood Latino community. That same month, a poll found Hayek to be the "sexiest celebrity" out of a field of 3,000 celebrities (male and female); according to the poll, "65 percent of the U.S. population would use the term 'sexy' to describe her". In December 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Hayek number 17 in their list of the "25 Smartest People in TV."
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