Salma Hayek Pinault was born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez September 2, 1966 is a Mexican and American actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico with the telenovela Teresa and starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and gained prominence with roles in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West and Dogma (both in 1999).
Her decisive role was in the 2002 film Frida, as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, for which she was nominated for best actress for the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award, and that she also produced. This film received wide attention and was a critical and commercial success.