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At 23, the actress got her first starring role. Before that, she debuted in a small role in a telenovela by Ernesto Alonso, (Nuevo Amanecer). The success of Teresa opened the way to Hollywood.
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After landing several supporting roles in different TV series, she got her first starring role in Hollywood thanks to Robert Rodríguez, who paired her with Antonio Banderas. Salma was introduced to a worldwide audience.
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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
Role: Santanico Pandemonium
Many men consider this her most memorable role. In a cameo performance, Salma portrays an exotic ballerina, dancing in a bar where all the employees are vampires.
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FOOLS RUSH IN (1997)
Role: Isabel Fuentes Whitman
Salma got her first role in a mainstream Hollywood movie; costarring with Matthew Perry, she further consolidated her movie career.
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Role: Anita Randazzo
In this film, she played a Studio 54 employee who is in search of fame and glory as a singer in New York's most famous nightclub. Not unlike the character, Salma's goal was to triumph in Hollywood.
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THE FACULTY (1998)
Role: Rosa Harper
In this horror movie, the actress demonstrated her acting versatility. She played a heartless nurse who is infected with extraterrestrial parasites and transmits the ET organisms to the student body.
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WILD WILD WEST (1999)
Role: Rita Escobar
In this action/adventure/comedy, Hayek shared credit with Will Smith. The film, however, was critically panned.
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Hayek's first non-Latina role that earned her growing Hollywood popularity. In this movie she worked with the likes of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Alanis Morissette.
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Role: Frida Kahlo
Thanks to the support of her then boyfriend, Edward Norton and director Julie Taymor, Frida became the signature film of her career.Salma got a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the Mexican painter. Despite mixed reviews in Mexico, she earned an enviable amount of respect in Hollywood.
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AFTER THE SUNSET (2004)
Role: Lola Cirillo
Already established as a movie star, Salma's career kept advancing after this costarring role with Pierce Brosnan.
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ASK THE DUST (2006)
In this love story set in the 30's the already well-established actress costarred with the then "it" actor of the moment, Colin Farrell.
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LONELY HEARTS (2006)
Role: Martha Beck
Redefining her career, she played a serial killer, cheating women out their fortunes and later killing them. This gained her buzz for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod.
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UGLY BETTY (2006 - )
Role: Sofía Reyes
It wasn't enough for Salma to have achieved success as an actress. So, she became the executive producer of one of the most successful US TV series. She also performs in the series, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination.
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