Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez, born Salma Hayek Pinault; a Mexican-American actress and film producer was born on September 2, 1966. She made her acting debut in Mexico in the telenovela Teresa (1989–1991) and the romantic drama El Callejón de los Milagros (1995), for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. Both of these films featured her in starring roles. With roles in films like Desperado (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West (1999), and Dogma, she quickly established herself in Hollywood.
In the biographical film Frida (2002), which Hayek also produced and played the painter Frida Kahlo, she became the first Mexican actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award.
What does Salma mean?
Salma is a feminine Arabic name that describes someone who feels safe and secure. Salma, which means “safety,” “well-being,” and “integrity,” are qualities that many people want for the people they care about most.
Hayek is a naturalized citizen of the United States. She has learned at Ramtha’s School of Illumination and practices yoga.
Although Hayek clarified that she still believed in Jesus Christ and God, she stated in a 2007 interview that she was no longer devout and did not believe in the Church.
This was in part due to her disagreement with practices such as the Church’s campaign against condoms in Africa, where she claimed AIDS and overpopulation were rampant.