Penélope Cruz

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Real Name: Penélope Cruz Sánchez
Birth Place: Madrid, Spain
Birth Date: April 28, 1974
Occupation: Actress, Soundtrack

Penélope Cruz Biography

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo (a retailer) and Encarna (a hairdresser). As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. At 15, however, she heeded her true calling when she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition. The resulting contract landed her several roles in Spanish TV shows and music videos, which in turn paved the way for a career on the big screen. Cruz made her movie debut in The Greek Labyrinth (1993) (The Greek Labyrinth), then appeared briefly in the Timothy Dalton thriller "Framed" (1992). Her third film was the Oscar-winning The Age of Beauty (1992), in which she played one of four sisters vying for the love of a handsome army deserter. The film also garnered several Goyas, the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Awards. Her resume continued to grow by three or four films each year, and soon Cruz was a leading lady of Spanish cinema. Live Flesh (1997) (Live Flesh) offered her the chance to work with renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (who would later be her ticket to international fame), and the same year she was the lead actress in the thriller/drama/mystery/sci-fi film Open Your Eyes (1997), a huge hit in Spain that earned eight Goyas (though none for Cruz). Her luck finally changed in 1998, when the movie-industry comedy The Girl of Your Dreams (1998) won her a Best Actress Goya. Cruz made a few more forays into English-language film, but her first big international hit was Almodóvar's All About My Mother (1999), in which she played an unchaste but well-meaning nun. As the film was showered with awards and accolades, Cruz suddenly found herself in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Her next big project was Woman on Top (2000), an American comedy about a chef with bewitching culinary skills and a severe case of motion sickness. While in the US, she also signed up to star opposite Johnny Depp in the drug-trafficking drama Blow (2001) and opposite Matt Damon in Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses (2000). Cruz says she's wary of being typecast as a beautiful young damsel, but it's hard to imagine disguising her wide-eyed charms and generous nature. Fortunately, with Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (2001) (a remake of Open Your Eyes (1997)) and a John Madden collaboration looming in her future, Damsel Penelope isn't likely to disappear just yet.

Penélope Cruz Movies / TV-Shows

Todos lo saben (2018)
Love Child (2018)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Escobar (2017)
Ma ma (2015)
La reina de España (2014)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Los amantes pasajeros (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
Venuto al mondo (2012)
To Rome with Love (2012)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
TV Festival Du Cannes 2011 (2011)
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010)
XXIV Premios Anuales de la Academia (2010)
Gala 20 aniversario (2010)
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
¡Qué 20 años no es nada! (2010)
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief (2010)
The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special (2010)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010)
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009)
The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2009)
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards (2009)
Los mejores momentos de 'Sé lo que hicisteis' (2009)
Buscando a Penélope (2009)
2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (2009)
La noche de los Oscar (2009)
El disco del año 09 (2009)
Los abrazos rotos (2009)
Nine (2009)
G-Force (2009)
Live from Studio Five (2009)
The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009)
Elegy (2008)
Manolete (2008)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián (2008)
Plácido y la copla (2008)
Morir de humor (2008)
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2007 Golden Globe Awards (2007)
The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2007)
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2007)
La noche de los Oscar (2007)
Carmen Maura, por sí misma (2007)
Rafael Azcona, oficio de guionista (2007)
Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero (2006)
The 2006 European Film Awards (2006)
Las cinco caras de David LaChapelle (2006)
El Almodóvar que nadie conoce (2006)
Las 50 imágenes de nuestra vida (2006)
Pedro entrevista a las actrices (2006)
Vivimos siempre juntos (2006)
Bandidas (2006)
Volver (2006)
Making 'Sahara' (2005)
Mecano - Grandes éxitos (2005)
Chromophobia (2005)
Sahara (2005)
Attack of the Show! (2005)
Head in the Clouds (2004)
Noel (2004)
The 2004 European Film Awards (2004)
Non ti muovere (2004)
Masked and Anonymous (2003)
Punk'd (2003)
Fanfan la tulipe (2003)
Gothika (2003)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
6th Annual Prism Awards (2002)
Sin noticias de Dios (2001)
Blow (2001)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Oscar 2000 (2000)
Woman on Top (2000)
Todo sobre mi madre (1999)
Volavérunt (1999)
The European Film Awards (1999)
La niña de tus ojos (1998)
The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998)
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
Don Juan (1998)
Talk of Angels (1998)
Carne trémula (1997)
Corazón de... (1997)
Et hjørne af paradis (1997)
Abre los ojos (1997)
The View (1997)
El amor perjudica seriamente la salud (1996)
La Celestina (1996)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)
Más que amor, frenesí (1996)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)
Brujas (1996)
Entre rojas (1995)
El efecto mariposa (1995)
Todo es mentira (1994)
Alegre ma non troppo (1994)
Oscar 1994 (1994)
La ribelle (1993)
El laberinto griego (1993)
Corazón, corazón (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Framed (1992)
Jamón, jamón (1992)
Mecano - Los vídeos (1992)
Belle epoque (1992)
Días de cine (1991)
La quinta marcha (1990)
Sesame Street (1969)
60 Minutes (1968)
The Academy Awards (1929)

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