Salma Hayek Biography

Tale of Tales

Tale of Tales

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Released: May 13, 2016 - Saskatoon, Montreal
May 20 - Waterloo
June 3 - Vancouver
Director: Matteo Garrone
Producer: Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie, Matteo Garrone, Anne Labadie
Studio: Entertainment One
Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Bebe Cave, Stacy Martin, Jessie Cave
Genre: Drama
Length: 133 minutes
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Salma Hayek Biography


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Date of Birth: September 2, 1966

Born to a Lebanese father and a Mexican mother in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Salma Hayek was a huge star in Mexican soap operas before deciding to try and make it in Hollywood. Although she didn't speak much English and was leaving behind a very lucrative career, Hayek was determined to try and paint on a bigger canvas. "Everybody thought I was crazy and stupid and ridiculous," she says about her move from Mexico to Hollywood. "Nobody leaves when you're doing so good, but I believe in instinct."

Her instincts proved correct as she learned some English and began getting minor roles. After her appearance in the action film Desperado (1995) opposite Antonio Banderas, it was difficult for audiences and filmmakers not to notice her. In the next five years she added 13 films to her resume, including From Dusk till Dawn (1996), The Faculty(1998), Wild Wild West (1999) and Dogma (1999).

Salma has never forgotten her roots. After completing Desperado, she returned to Mexico to film Callejón de los Milagros (1995) and was nominated for an Ariel (Mexican Academy Award). She has also formed her own production company, Ventanarosa (pink window) to promote the Latin-American genre. Hayek is considered to be the first Mexican actress to become a Hollywood movie star since Dolores Del Rio.

She also produced and starred in Frida (2002), earning her Golden Globe, Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Along with appearances in several films, Salma also offered her Spanish accent to voice characters in a few animated features like Puss in Boots (2011) and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012). She has also appeared on the popular television series Ugly Betty and 30 Rock.

She appeared in the 2012 film Savages, playing the co-leader of a ruling Mexican drug cartel. Since then she has starred in Grown Ups 2 (2013), How to Make Love Like an Englishman (2015) and more recently, How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) and The Hummingbird Project (2019), just to name a few.

In 2004, Salma won a Daytime Emmy for her directorial debut with the TV movie, The Maldonado Miracle, which she also produced.


How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
Sausage Party (2016)
Septembers of Shiraz (2016)
Tale of Tales (2016)
Everly (2015)
How to Make Love Like an Englishman (2015)
Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Here Comes the Boom (2012)
Savages (2012)
The Pirate! Band of Misfits (2012) (voice)
As Luck Would Have It (2011)
Puss in Boots (2011) (voice)
Grown Ups (2010)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
Across the Universe (2007)
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Ask the Dust (2006)
Bandidas (2006)
After the Sunset (2004)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game OVer (2003)
Frida (2002)
Death to Smoochy (2001)
Hotel (2001)
Chain of Fools (2000)
Dogma (1999)
Wild Wild West (1999)
The Faculty (1998)
54 (1998)
The Velocity of Gary (1998)
Breaking Up (1997)
Follow Me Home (1997)
Fools Rush In (1997)
Quién diablos es Juliette? (1997)
Fled (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Fair Game (1995)
Desperado (1995)
El Callejón de los milagros (1995)
Four Rooms (1995)
Mi vida loca (1993)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor Eternals (2020)
Actor Like a Boss (2020)
Actor Drunk Parents (2019)
Actor Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
Actor Sausage Party (2016)
Actor Tale of Tales (2016)
Actor Everly (2015)
Actor Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Actor Savages (2012)
Actor Americano (2011)
Actor Puss in Boots 3D (2011)
Actor Grown Ups (2010)
Actor Ask the Dust (2006)
Actor Bandidas (2006)
Actor After the Sunset (2004)
Actor Death To Smoochy (2002)
Actor Frida (2002) Actress in a Leading Role Nominee
Producer Frida (2002) Actress in a Leading Role Nominee
Actor Hotel (2001)
Actor Chain Of Fools (2000)
Actor Time Code (2000)
Actor Dogma (1999)
Actor Wild, Wild West (1999)
Actor 54 (1998)
Actor The Faculty (1998)