Salma Hayek

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Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican-American actress, director and producer of Lebanese descent. Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood. She is also, after Fernanda Montenegro, the second of three Latin American actresses (the other being Catalina Sandino Moreno) to achieve a Best Actress Oscar nomination.


Early life

Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, 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.[1][2][3][4] Hayek's father is of Lebanese descent, while her mother is of Spanish descent.[5][6] Her first given name, Salma, is Arabic for "Welcome". Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Roman Catholic[7] family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, at the age of twelve.[4] While there, she was diagnosed with dyslexia.[8][9] She attended college in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.[4]

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