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When Salma Hayek was an illegal immigrant

Last updated on: December 8, 2010 16:02 IST

When Salma Hayek was an illegal immigrant



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Salma Hayek has confessed that she entered the United States as an illegal immigrant.

The Mexican actress talks about her humble beginnings, her former undocumented immigrant status and her charity projects in an interview with V magazine Spain, where she seductively poses for the cover titled 'A Woman's Weapons'.

'I was an illegal immigrant in the United States,' Fox News quoted Hayek as saying in the interview.

'It was for a small period of time, but I still did it,' she added.

 In the interview, Hayek also discussed her involvement with women's issues, including the promotion of awareness programs about violence against women and the rising discrimination against undocumented workers.

'I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out,' she said.

'It was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role,' she added.

As one of the most prominent Latina figures in Hollywood today, Hayek is an acclaimed actress, director and producer and one of a few Latinas to be nominated in the 'Best Actress' category of the Academy Awards.

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Image: Salma Hayek
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Did Christina Aguilera get breast implants?

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Christina Aguilera has once again sparked rumours of going under the knife.

A scar under her arm was apparently spotted when she waved to her fans a press conference for her new film, Burlesque, in Tokyo, reports the Daily Mail.

The small line could be the result of a transaxillary endoscopic breast augmentation- a breast enlargement technique where implants are placed through an armpit incision.

Experts said the popular method usually leaves an inch-long scar and is the preferred option for patients who want to avoid scars on the breast.

Aguilera's decolletage has certainly increased over the years, and while could be the result of carrying more weight.

Her new flick is a song-and-dance extravaganza about a small-town girl trying to make it big.

Image: Christina Aguilera

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When Al Pacino almost got fired from The Godfather

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Al Pacino has revealed that director Francis Ford Coppola wanted to sack him from his iconic role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather but late Marlon Brando helped him keep it.

The 70-year-old Oscar-winner talked about working with Brando and his role as Michael Corleone in an interview with CNN.

'Brando was a source of inspiration. It was unnerving playing with him in Godfather. But he was good to me. He was sensitive to me,' the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

'They thought I was wrong for Michael and they were going to let me go. I was going to do him slow and let him discover who he is.

'Francis said, "You're not cutting it for me kid.

'What kept me in was the restaurant scene. They kept me after the shooting,' he said.

Talking about his role as Michael Corleone, Pacino said: 'I loved him! That's like saying to a painter how could you paint this painting of whoever.'

'The movie had a lot to do with family and people related to it. You didn't have to be Italian-American to appreciate it,' the actor said..

He said Johnny Depp was one of his favourite co-stars.

'He's nuts but he'll say I'm nuts,' Al added.

Image: Poster of The Godfather II

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Beyonce's 'racy' birthday gift for Jay Z

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Beyonce Knowles has gifted her hubby Jay Z the world's fastest car on his 41st birthday.

The 29-year-old singer treated the car-mad 99 Problems rapper to a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, costing 1.3 million pounds.

She had to wait a year after ordering the supercar, which can do 255mph and goes from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.

But she managed to keep it a secret -- and Jay-Z was thrilled with the surprise, which adds to his already impressive fleet.

'Jay-Z has one of the most enviable collections of bling motors in the world -- but even for him the Bugatti is special,' the Sun quoted a source as saying.

'Obviously the money isn't a factor for Beyonce, but Jay will be touched that out of everything she could have bought him, she chose something he'll treasure for years. He's in for the ride of his life,' the source said.

Jay-Z already owns a Maybach 62S, Ferrari F430 Spider and a Pagani Zonda Roadster, and is an ambassador for American motor giant GMC.

 Last year he and Beyonce became the highest-earning couple in showbiz, pocketing 68million pounds between them from June 2008 to June 2009.

Image: Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
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