Salma Hayek, born in 1966, is a Mexican-born American actress, nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for Frida in 2003. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and rose to prominence with roles in films such as Desperado, Dogma, and Wild Wild West. She is involved in numerous humanitarian and feminist campaigns, she is married to François-Henri Pinault.
She is the muse of directors Robert Rodriguez and Julie Taymor, who directed her in Frida, in which Salma Hayek plays the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, and in Across the Universe. She also starred as the Mexican waitress Camilla Lopez, muse and lover of the writer Arturo Bandini.
For her leading role in the 2002 film Frida, she was also nominated for a BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe. Furthermore, in this film, her performance was critically acclaimed. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for directing the television series The Maldonado Miracle and received an Emmy Award nomination for guest-starring in the 2007 TV series Ugly Betty.
From 1999 to 2003 she had a relationship with the actor Edward Norton, while in 2006 she met the French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, with whom she had a daughter, Valentina Paloma, on 21 September 2007. After a brief separation in 2008, the two got back together to get married twice: the first on 14 February 2009 in Paris, the second on 25 April of the same year in Venice. After the wedding, Salma added the surname Pinault to hers, at the request of her daughter.