Celebrity birthdays: Salma Hayek turns 48


Happy birthday Salma Hayek! As the beautiful actress turns 48, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Salma and you...

This is what Salma, who is a Virgo, can be expecting today:

Popes, presidents and princes all once travelled in armoured cars. These days, it seems, most VIPs are less openly, obviously, protected. This may simply be because their bodyguards have found more subtle ways to ensure their security. But it would be nice to think that they have learned the same lesson that we all must learn if we are to feel safe in an uncertain world. To be free from the fear of an enemy, we should seek to make fewer enemies and to turn even those that we have into our friends. You can do that today.

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Salma Hayek

Already a star in her own country, Mexican beauty Salma Hayek found herself "out of the running for every role except prostitutes and maids" when she arrived in the US to forge a career. "People would see my name and picture and would want to meet me, and then they would realise I was Mexican and send me away" she says.

"When I would tell them my grandfather is Lebanese, they would say, 'Pretend you're Lebanese'. Not that it's okay to be Lebanese, but it's a little better than to be a Mexican."

Salma was born in 1966 in Mexico where she studied political science at the National University of Mexico before deciding to pursue her showbiz goals.

In 1989, in her second-ever TV role, she played Teresa in the number one soap opera of the same name and was made superstar overnight.

However, Salma wanted more, so she crossed the borders to study with famed acting coach Stella Adler in LA. Finally, in 1993, she got a role in the indie flick Mi Vida Loca, which led her to be cast by Roberto Rodriguez for his big budget film Desperado.

Since then, Salma appeared in several films including From Dusk Till Dawn, Wild Wild West and Frida, starring alongside stars such as Antonio Banderas, George Clooney and Will Smith.

The glamorous brunette is married to French billionaire Francois Henri-Pinault and they have daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault.