Mexican actress Salma Hayek, the wife of French magnate Francois-Henri Pinault, was named a Knight of France’s Legion of Honor, the government said Monday.
The 45-year-old actress was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the film “Frida,” directed by Julie Taymor, in which she portrayed the celebrated Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Hayek, who is often seen in France in the celebrity box at the Roland Garros stadium or on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, recently portrayed “Kitty Softpaws” in the Dreamworks animation “Puss in Boots,” in which Spain’s Antonio Banderas provides the voice of the title character.
The Mexican beauty now is part of the list of film stars and figures who have been honored by French state, including Michael Caine, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch and Clint Eastwood.
Also honored for the New Year by France was Hayek’s father-in-law Francois Pinault, the 75-year-old founder of the Pinault-Printemps-Redoute line of luxury products, who was designated a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor.