Salma Hayek's Journey to the Heights of Hollywood
The A-list actress, producer and director channeled her versatility and talent for success
Salma Hayek is one of the most successful movie stars to emerge from Latin America. The actress, producer and director is known for her talent, depth and taste for selecting a wide variety of projects. The daughter of a businessman and an opera singer, Hayek was born Sept. 2, 1966, in the coastal town of Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz, Mexico. From her beginnings as a leading lady in a Mexican telenovela to her latest role in Marvel’s Eternals, the Oscar-nominated actress has proven time and again that she has staying power both on-screen and behind the camera. Here’s a look at her career journey so far.
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Ernesto Lechner is a contributing writer who covers music, film and culture. A frequent contributor to the Latin Grammy Awards, his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone and Billboard, among other major publications.