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ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO

SALMA HAYEK (Carolina) has proven herself as a prolific producer and actress in both film and television. This year, she was nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Actress for her portrayal of Frida Kahlo in Julie Taymor's acclaimed Frida, on which she also served as producer. She also garnered a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination. In total, Frida earned six Oscar® nominations and received two statuettes, for makeup and musical score. She recently appeared in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and will soon be seen in Robert Altman's Ultraviolet.

Hayek recently produced Showtime's "The Maldonado Miracle," which also marked her directorial debut. The film starred Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham and Ruben Blades. In addition, Hayek co-produced and starred in In the Time of the Butterflies, for which she was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association's Award. Hayek also produced the Mexican film No One Writes to the Colonel, directed by Arturo Ripstein and based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The film was selected for official competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. She is the co-writer on the upcoming Murphy's Law, in which she will also star.

Other recent film credits include, Time Code, Chain of Fools, Wild Wild West, Fools Rush In, 54, From Dusk Til Dawn, Desperado and Breaking Up opposite Russell Crowe. Hayek also appeared in Mike Figgis' Hotel, the follow-up to Time Code.

Born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek studied International Relations and Drama in college in Mexico. She starred in the title role of "Teresa," one of the most successful primetime television shows in Mexico. The program has been syndicated to more than 20 countries around the world. Other Mexican credits include Midaq Alley, based on a novel by Nobel-prize winner Naguib Mafouz.

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