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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

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​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.