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Salma Hayek Jimenez, known professionally as Salma Hayek, was born September 2, 1966 in Veracruz, Mexico. Her mother was an opera singer and her father an oil company executive who was a minor politician as well. Her first name is Arabic for "safe". She was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, and she went on to attend university in Mexico City. She is a naturalized citizen of the United States. She and her fiancé, a French billionaire, became parents of a baby girl in 2007. They broke up in 2008 but were reconciled and married on Valentines Day 2009 in Paris, France.



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