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  1. 1. Featured Profile Salma Hayek Jimenez Salma Hayek Jimenez was born on September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos Veracruz, Mexico. She is the daughter of Sami Hayek, Lebanese oil executive, and Diana Jimenez, an opera singer and talent scout. Hayek had a lot of difficulties in school and was later diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 12. At an early age, Hayek began training as a gymnast to compete in the Olympics. During that time she was sent to live with her aunt in Huston, Texas until she was 17. Upon graduation she returned to Mexico to study at a university in Mexico City. Much to her family’s surprise, she dropped out to pursue a career in acting. At the age of 23, she landed her first tile role as Teresa. This film made Salma a star in Mexico. In 1991, Hayek moved to Los Angeles to study acting more seriously. Her big break came in 1995 when she starred opposite of Antonio Banderas in Desperado. Hayek went on to play in multiple blockbusters including Fools Rush In, From Dusk Till Dawn. Dogma, Wild Wild West, any many more. Salma Hayek is an actress, director and a producer. She has appeared in more than 30 films in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. She was the first Mexican National ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. As well as being an actress, Hayek also is a philanthropist. She is an advocate of ending violence against women and discrimination against immigrants. Salma Hayek is a talented actress, strong women, and a leader for the Hispanic community. Featured Links Encantadora www.salma-hayek.net People www.people.com/people/salma_hayek

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