Frequently collaborates with Antonio Banderas and Robert Rodriguez.
Fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish and Portugese.
Was originally considered for the part of Alicia Larde in _Beautiful Mind, A (2001)_ because the character in real life is from El Salvador. But the character for the film was later changed to American and given to Jennifer Connelly.
Salma is an Arabic name that means "peace" or "calm".
Godmother to Robert Rodriguez's children.
She was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana at age 12, but was soon sent back home after getting in trouble for frequently terrorizing the nuns!
Father was born in Lebanon and came to Mexico to start a small business where he met her mother.
Studied International Relations & Drama at College in Mexico City.
Won Best Newcomer at the 1989 Novela Awards for "Nuevo amanecer, Un" (1988).
Has her own production company, Ventanarosa.
Is the second Latin American actress to be nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award, for her performance in Frida (2002). Brazilian veteran Fernanda Montenegro was the first, for Central do Brasil (1998).
Her brother, Sami, designs custom chairs. His celebrity clients include Jennifer Aniston and her ex-husband, Brad Pitt.
Good friend of Penélope Cruz and Ashley Judd.
Was named one of the ten most stylish women in the world by Mr. Blackwell (aka Richard Selzer) in 1997. InStyle named her the most stylish celebrity of 2003 and Eonline.com ranked her as the best dressed female celebrity.
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