Thursday's intriguing people
December 9th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Salma Hayek

Cinema buffs across the nation are thankful the Mexican thespian was never deported.

The 44-year-old Hayek (yes, she’s 44) said in a recent interview, without much elaboration, that she was once an illegal immigrant. She made the statement to Spain’s V magazine, which featured her on the cover with its logo rising out of her cleavage.

In the article, titled “Armas de Mujer,” or “A Woman’s Weapons,” Hayek said she was illegally in the U.S. “for a small period of time, but I still did it."

E! News reported that Hayek moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to study acting after a previous stint attending the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans. Her rep told the website that the actress returned to Mexico and immediately cleared up the immigration issue.

One of just a few Latinas to be nominated for the best actress Oscar, Hayek also told V it was difficult fighting Hollywood’s discrimination when she first came on the scene.

“It was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role,” she told V, according to Fox News Latino.

In addition to her roles in “Frida” and “From Dusk Till Dawn,” Hayek is also known for her advocacy on behalf of women and of undocumented workers.

Her remarks were made public as the U.S. House on Wednesday approved the DREAM Act, which paves a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were children. Observers say it’s uncertain whether the bill can navigate the Senate.

Ray Manzarek

Perhaps no one has so colorfully made the case for Doors frontman Jim Morrison’s pardon than the band’s keyboardist.

Quick history: After a March 1969 concert in Miami, the "Lizard King" was convicted of public profanity and indecent exposure.

According to lore, the concert at the overcrowded Dinner Key Auditorium got a bit wild as Morrison took a police officer’s hat and tossed it into the crowd, a man offered the singer a live lamb during the show and the audience rushed the stage to end the band's performance.

Whether the Melbourne native exposed himself, however, has been a matter of debate for four decades.

“There were 100 photos offered in evidence at the trial, photos of everything - Jim with the lamb, Jim with the hat, on the stage collapsing, riot in the audience. Not one photo of Jim's magnificent member,” Manzarek told The Associated Press.

Florida’s Board of Executive Clemency meets Thursday to decide the matter, and outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist, a big fan of the Doors, has said he doesn’t think there is sufficient evidence to back up the charge.

Former Miami Herald movie critic Bill Cosford swears he saw Morrison’s penis, writing, “Morrison unzipped the leather pants, exposed himself for a few seconds, then leaped - or was pushed - into the crowd a few feet from where we stood.”

Manzarek, however, insists it never happened and describes the entire fiasco as “mass hypnosis” and "mass hallucination," according to the AP.

Though Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger are backing the former face of their band, at least a few rockers think the lame-duck Crist needs to address more pressing issues.

The Miami New Times reports that 10 local bands have sent a letter to Crist, saying, “By celebrating one of our dead lyrical heroes with a pardon, it ignores hundreds of thousands of disfranchised Floridians who have been banned from voting, sitting on a jury and running for office.”

Annie Ricks

The mother of 13 has the distinction of being the last resident to leave Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project, which has been a monument to blight and violence since at least the 1970s.

Ricks, now in her 50s, didn’t want to leave her high-rise, though. She fought the Chicago Housing Authority, which wanted the building empty by last month. A court said she must leave Friday.

Ricks lived in a three-bedroom apartment at Cabrini-Green for two decades. AOL News’ Emily Schmall caught up with Ricks as she and five of her children, the youngest 13, packed their belongings into a U-Haul.

“We came a long way from being homeless,” Ricks told Schmall. “I always told my kids from day one that they were blessed that they didn't have to go through what I had to go through as a child growing up in Alabama.”

Now, Ricks told the Chicago Sun-Times, she has to move Wentworth Gardens, a place she knows nothing about. She doesn't feel good about it. She further told chicagoist.com that the area near U.S. Cellular Field is a “food desert.”

NPR interviewed a handful of former Cabrini-Green residents who had sentiments similar to Ricks’ and who said they hope the area is redeveloped so residents can return.

Mayor Richard Daley was not so fond of it, and told the radio network that the project destroyed families.

“It moved people from rural communities into high-rises. They had no support services, and it completely failed,” he said.

The complex, which housed as many as 15,000 residents, once included 23 high-rises on 70 acres, according to The Wall Street Journal. A mile from upscale shopping and restaurants, it was originally built in 1942 to house poor Italian-Americans.

By the 1970s, it deteriorated into a haven for crime and gangs, including the Cobras and Vice Lords, the paper said, adding that in one three-month stretch of 1981, 11 residents were slain.

soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. my3cents

    She definitely causes a lot of guys to think of the Dream Act.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. concerned

    if selma was standing on the mexican side of the border and facing north, her boobs would be in the U.S.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. my3cents

    Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore...BUT LET HER IN FIRST !!!

    December 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Right on, bro.

      December 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Moose

    She can seek asylum in my house.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Moose

    Are those breasticles real???

    December 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kim

    Too much misery and unfairness gives me a headache.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Burbank

    “It was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role,” – What a load of cr*p! What about Raquel Welch? She's Mexican. I'm so sick of these self pitlying Latinos! Grow up!

    December 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herb

    Illegal Immigrants. Go back to the beginning of the last century and, even when settlers went west. How many of these immigrants actually sat around somewhere to have someone draw out papers and make them legal? My friends, there is no way to really know, but I am sure the percentage of these people was overwhelming.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      no need to guess. the ellis island registry is freely searchable.

      December 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. adibese

    Once again proving that someone's worth is dependent on looks or celebrity.

    December 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      did you miss the part where she left the country and fixed her immigration status before coming back into the country?

      December 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Master_Kush

      That's Capitalism for you...

      December 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Master_Kush

    Whomever is bothered by "illegal" immigrants just needs to remember how their families came here in the 17-1800's... All settlers were illegal. This country was FOUNDED by and FOR illegal immigrants. If you are against illegal immigration, you are anti American..

    December 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jake

    The hot ones are fine. We just dont' want the ugly ones

    December 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Albert

    If Hayek must have citizenship, I'll bit the bullet and marry her.

    December 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. asos

    so I guess is ok for me to pay more tax and have no retirement saving

    December 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dennis

    I'd like to play my songs for Ray some day

    December 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Really?

    For those Selma haters out there, I suggest you turn to the person sitting/sleeping at your side. Yep, I would reconsider my position too.

    December 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
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