Fast Facts

  • Attended a Catholic school in Texas for two years in her early teens before being expelled, then lived with her aunt until she was 17.
  • Quit Universidad Iberoamericana to pursue her dream of becoming an actor, an ambition she had harbored since she was a young child watching Sunday matinees with her father.
  • Was a major soap star in her native Mexico, but left at the height of her popularity and moved to Los Angeles.
  • Awards received in Mexico include a TV Novela Award for Best Newcomer for Nuevo Amancer (1989), a Hispanic Imagen Award for Best Actress for Frida (2003), and an Imagen Foundation's Creative Achievement Award (2003).
  • In 2004, became spokeswoman for Avon's makeup and fragrance lines.


  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2012, Goya Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Sami Hayek Dominguez — Father
  • Edward Atterton — Ex-significant Other
  • Josh Lucas — Ex-significant Other
  • Diana Hayek — Mother
  • Sami Hayek — Brother
  • Valentina Paloma Pinault — Daughter
  • Francois-Henri Pinault — Husband
  • Richard Anthony Crenna — Ex-fiancé
  • Francois Pinault — Stepson
  • Mathlide Pinault — Stepdaughter
  • Edward Norton — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico; Stella Adler Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA

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  • Birth Name: Salma Hayek-Jiminez
  • Birth Place: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Profession: Actor, Producer

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