HomeCelebritiesSalma Hayek Biography: Salma Hayek Celebrities Salma Hayek burst onto the scene in 1996 with her role opposite Antonio Banderas in Desperado. She has gone on to become an icon for Mexican-American women and a member in good standing of the Hollywood A-list. Latinos got to know her in Televisa’s novella Teresa, and in films like El Callejon de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), the most successful Mexican movie of all times. In addition to starring in a number of box office successes including Fools Rush In, The Faculty, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Wild, Wild West, she began her own film production company. In 2002 she produced and starred in Frida, a biopic on the famous painter Frida Kahlo. Her hard work on this labor of love paid off when she received an Oscar nominationfor the title role. Hayek continues to take on brave roles including producing the decidedly iconoclastic hit series “Ugly Betty.” In addition to her film work she still finds time to serve as advocate for both women’s and immigrants’ rights.