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Penelope Cruz


Birth name:

Penélope Cruz Sánchez


Madonna of Madrid, Pen




Madrid, Spain



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Executive summary:

Woman On Top


5' 5½" (1.66 m)


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Penelope Cruz - Biography


Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974), better known as Penélope Cruz, is a Spanish actress. She gathered critical acclaim as a young actress for films such as Jamón, jamón, The Girl of Your Dreams, and Belle Époque. She has also starred in several American films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Nine. She is perhaps best known for her work with acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, in Broken Embraces, Volver and All About My Mother.
Cruz has been awarded three Goyas, two European Film Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Goya, and a BAFTA for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She is Spain's first female Oscar winner and also becomes the sixth Hispanic person to win an Oscar after José Ferrer, Rita Moreno, Benicio del Toro (Puerto Rico), Anthony Quinn (Mexico), and fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem. Cruz was nominated for her third Academy Award in 2010 for her role as Carla Albanese in the film version of the musical Nine. This nomination marked only the third time in the history of the Oscars where the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for Best Supporting Actress again in the following year (the other actresses to have achieved this were Estelle Parsons in 1967 and 1968 and Lee Grant in 1975 and 1976).

Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Alcobendas, Community of Madrid, Spain, the daughter of Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser and personal manager, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement. Initially, Cruz focused on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. She received three years of Spanish Ballet training with Ángela Garrido. She also had jazz dance training with Raúl Caballero and studied at Cristina Rota (mother of Juan Diego Botto) school in Madrid. At 15, however, she followed another calling after beating more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition.

Cruz first achieved fame when she appeared in the video for "La fuerza del destino" for the Spanish synthpop group Mecano. She later started a relationship with Nacho Cano, a member of the group. A TV presenter for the teen-oriented program La Quinta Marcha, she also had early exposure in Série Rose, an erotic French TV serial. In one episode she played the role of a blind prostitute and in another played a young noblewoman pretending to be a young nobleman in a comedy of errors. She also directed Nacho Cano's video of "El waltz de los locos", in 1994.
Cruz's first major films were Jamón, jamón and Belle Époque, a film which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film; she was aged sixteen in her first film. In 1997, she starred as Sofía Pangia, alongside Eduardo Noriega, in Open Your Eyes, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, while in 1999 she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother, which also won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film. In 2000 she appeared with Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses.
For Cruz, the early 2000s were a period of mediocre reviews and mixed commercial success. In late 2001, she appeared in the film Vanilla Sky, the Hollywood remake of Open Your Eyes. Returning to Europe, in 2004, Cruz learned Italian (she already spoke Spanish, French, and English) to star in the film Don't Move. She earned critical praise for her role and earned the coveted David di Donatello award, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar.
In 2006, she co-starred with Salma Hayek in the film Bandidas. That same year, Cruz received highly favourable reviews for her performance in Pedro Almodóvar's Volver. She shared a Best Actress award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival with five of her co-stars, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. The latter of these nominations made her the first Spanish actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
In May 2007, it was announced that Penélope and her sister Mónica would be designing a 25-piece collection for the Barcelona-based fashion chain Mango. On July 7, 2007, Cruz presented at Live Earth. In late 2007, she starred in the Jaume de Laiguana-directed video for her brother's first single, named "Cosas que contar", along with her friend Mía Maestro and her sister Mónica. Cruz had previously shown a keen interest in fashion and is a model for L'Oréal and its "Telescopic" mascara.
In 2008, Cruz appeared with Sir Ben Kingsley in fellow Spaniard Isabel Coixet's film Elegy, earning her critical praise for an English-speaking role. The film was based on the Philip Roth story The Dying Animal. She was nominated for a Golden Satellite award for her performance. Later that year, she starred in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona as María Elena, Javier Bardem's mentally unstable ex-wife. Her performance received wide critical praise. For the role, Cruz received her second Academy Award Nomination, and later won for Best Supporting Actress, making her only the second Spanish actor to win an Academy Award, a year after her boyfriend, Javier Bardem, won for No Country for Old Men. She became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award, and one of the only actors besides Robert De Niro and Ingrid Bergman to win the Oscar for a role speaking two different languages. Besides the Oscar, Cruz won the BAFTA, the Independent Spirit Award, the National Board of Review Award, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She also earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her role.
Cruz again collaborated with Pedro Almodóvar in his film Broken Embraces, released in the U.S. in November 2009. She was also featured in the film version of the musical Nine, along with other Oscar winners Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard. She earned her third Academy Award nomination in 2010 for this role.

Cruz has a younger brother, Eduardo – a singer – and a younger sister, Mónica.
Cruz claims to have been a vegetarian since 2000. She speaks four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and English. Cruz has also donated a considerable amount of money and time to charity; in 1997 she volunteered in Uganda for two months.
Cruz was raised as a Catholic, but now feels closest to Buddhism. After appearing in Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, they had a three-year relationship which ended in January 2004. During that time, she and Cruise were seen visiting several Church of Scientology locations in Hollywood, and there was published speculation that Cruise had convinced Cruz to join the church.
After filming Sahara in February 2005, she began dating actor Matthew McConaughey. In May 2006, they released a joint statement to People, saying that they "have decided to take time off as a couple." Later that year they announced that they were "no longer intimate and separating was the best thing to do at this time". She has been dating actor Javier Bardem since 2007; the two appeared together in Jamón, jamón, Live Flesh and 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
In April 2007 Cruz, who was single at the time, stated that she would like to have children one day and she feels the need to adopt. "Of course I want to have kids," Cruz, told the Spanish edition of Marie Claire in its April issue. "I want to have my own kids, but also adopt. For a while I've had the feeling that my life won't be complete if I don't adopt".


Penelope Cruz - Personal Quotes


"The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman."

"I'm strong and opinionated. Those qualities brought me a lot of problems since I was a little girl in school, saying 'I don't agree' and fighting with the children. It's part of my curiosity for life."

"There's so much more I want to do. I refuse to get to 50 and wait at home for the phone to ring. In Spain, actresses work until they are old. That's my plan."

"I love Salma Hayek, we've been friends for a really long time. i admire how she has come such a long way and always remained grounded and who she is. She never compromises to follow her vision and she is loyal. Such qualities only mark the great stars".

"I love the Italian culture, it's a beautiful culture. I love the language, the Italian people, their music, their attitudes...I just love it! Sometimes I think I'm an Italian trapped in a Spanish woman's body."


Penelope Cruz - Filmography


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Sex and the City 2 (2010) .... Lydia
Nine (2009) .... Carla
G-Force (2009) (voice) .... Juarez
Los abrazos rotos (2009) .... Lena
... aka Broken Embraces (International: English title) (UK) (USA)
... aka Broken Hugs (USA: literal English title)
La concejala antropófaga (2009) .... Pina
... aka The Cannibalistic Councillor (International: English title)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) .... Maria Elena
Elegy (2008/I) .... Consuela Castillo
The Good Night (2007) .... Anna / Melodia
... aka The good Night - Träum weiter... (Germany: DVD title)
Manolete (2007) .... Lupe Sino
Volver (2006/I) .... Raimunda
... aka To Return (USA: literal English title)
Bandidas (2006) .... Maria Alvarez
... aka Bandidas (France)
Chromophobia (2005) .... Gloria
Sahara (2005) .... Eva Rojas
... aka Sahara (Spain)
... aka Sahara - Abenteuer in der Wüste (Germany)
Noel (2004) .... Nina Vasquez
Head in the Clouds (2004) .... Mia
Non ti muovere (2004) .... Italia
... aka Don't Move (USA)
... aka No te muevas (Spain)
Gothika (2003) .... Chloe Sava
Fanfan la tulipe (2003) .... Adeline La Franchise
Masked and Anonymous (2003) .... Pagan Lace
Waking Up in Reno (2002) .... Brenda - Spanish Woman
Vanilla Sky (2001) .... Sofia Serrano
Sin noticias de Dios (2001) .... Carmen Ramos
... aka Bendito infierno (Mexico) (Spain)
... aka Don't Tempt Me (USA)
... aka Nessuna notizia da Dio (Italy)
... aka No News from God (USA)
... aka Sans nouvelles de Dieu (France)
... aka Without News of God (USA)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) .... Pelagia
... aka Capitaine Corelli (France)
Blow (2001) (as Penelope Cruz) .... Mirtha Jung
All the Pretty Horses (2000) .... Alejandra
Woman on Top (2000) (as Penelope Cruz) .... Isabella Oliveira
Volavérunt (1999) .... Pepita Tudó
... aka Volavérunt (France)
... aka Volavérunt: La maja desnuda (Spain)
... aka Volaverunt (Australia: TV title)
Todo sobre mi madre (1999) .... Hermana Rosa
... aka All About My Mother (Europe: English title) (UK) (USA)
... aka Tout sur ma mère (France)
The Hi-Lo Country (1998) .... Josepha O'Neil
... aka Hi-Lo Country - Im Land der letzten Cowboys (Germany: TV title)
La niña de tus ojos (1998) .... Macarena Granada
... aka The Girl of Your Dreams
Talk of Angels (1998) (as Penelope Cruz) .... Pilar
The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998) .... Louise
... aka If Only... (Australia) (France) (UK)
... aka Lieber gestern als nie (Germany)
... aka Lluvia en los zapatos (Spain)
... aka Twice Upon a Yesterday (USA)
Don Juan (1998) .... Mathurine
... aka Don Juan (Spain)
Abre los ojos (1997) .... Sofía
... aka Open Your Eyes (UK) (USA)
... aka Apri gli occhi (Italy)
... aka Ouvre les yeux (France)
... aka Permanent Midnight (USA)
Carne trémula (1997) (as Penelope Cruz) .... Isabel Plaza Caballero
... aka Live Flesh (UK) (USA)
... aka En chair et en os (France)
... aka Trembling Flesh (International: English title: literal title)
Et hjørne af paradis (1997) .... Doña Helena
... aka A Corner of Paradise (USA)
... aka A Scent of Paradise (International: English title)
... aka En doft av paradiset (Sweden)
... aka Un rincón en el paraíso (Costa Rica)
El amor perjudica seriamente la salud (1996) .... Diana Balaguer - as a Young Woman
... aka L'amour nuit gravement à la santé (France)
... aka Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health
... aka Love Causes Serious Harm to Your Health
Más que amor, frenesí (1996)
... aka Not Love, Just Frenzy
La Celestina (1996) .... Melibea
Brujas (1996) .... Patricia
El efecto mariposa (1995) (uncredited) .... Party guest
... aka L'effet papillon (France)
... aka The Butterfly Effect
Entre rojas (1995) .... Lucía
Todo es mentira (1994) .... Lucía
... aka It's All Lies
... aka Life's a Bitch
Alegre ma non troppo (1994) .... Salomé
La ribelle (1993) .... Enza
... aka The Rebel
El laberinto griego (1993) .... Elise
... aka The Greek Labyrinth
Per amore, solo per amore (1993) .... Mary
... aka For Love, Only for Love
"Framed" .... Lola Del Moreno (3 episodes, 1992)
- Episode #1.4 (1992) TV episode (as Penelope Cruz Sánchez) .... Lola Del Moreno
- Episode #1.3 (1992) TV episode (as Penelope Cruz Sánchez) .... Lola Del Moreno
- Episode #1.1 (1992) TV episode (as Penelope Cruz Sánchez) .... Lola Del Moreno
Belle epoque (1992) .... Luz
... aka Belle époque (France)
... aka The Age of Beauty
Jamón, jamón (1992) .... Silvia
... aka A Tale of Ham and Passion (USA: video title)
... aka Ham Ham
... aka Salami, Salami
Mecano - Los vídeos (1992) (V) (uncredited) .... video - 'La fuerza del destino'
"Série rose" .... Daphné / ... (1 episode, 1991)
... aka Erotisches zur Nacht
... aka Softly from Paris (USA: video title)
- Elle et lui (1991) TV episode .... Daphné/Javotte/Juliette


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