Born In: Alcobendas, Spain
Ask a movie buff what is common between the films, ‘Open Your Eyes’, ‘The Girl of Your Dreams’, ‘Vanilla Sky’ and ‘Blow’ and without a second to spare, out would come the reply, Penelope Cruz! A truly charismatic Spanish actor of substance, Penelope Cruz cruised her way to the big screen with her exceptional talent, captivating appeal and skilled approach. Right from a young age, she indulged in re-enacting actors which built the foundation to take up acting as a career option. However, en-route pursuing her dreams, she faced a lot of rejections initially but did not lose her vision of becoming a top actress. Resultantly, all her hard work, willpower and determination paid off when she was cast in the movie, ‘Jamon, Jamon’ in 1992. Her artistic talent was recognized as she earned nominations for Best Newcomer and Best Actress in her debut year in Goya Award, Spain’s equivalent of Oscars. Thus, started a career that was destined for greater glories! After making her presence felt at the Spanish movie circles, she moved to Hollywood to make her mark at the world forum. She earned critical acclaim and recognition for her work and became the first Spanish actress to be conferred upon with an Academy Award and a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the following lines, we have provided detailed sketch of her life, childhood and profile. Read on.
Also Known As: Penélope Cruz Sánchez
Spouse/Ex-: Javier Bardem (m. 2010)
father: Eduardo Cruz
mother: Encarna Sánchez
siblings: Eduardo, Mónica
children: Leo Encinas Cruz
Born Country: Spain
Notable Alumni: Spain's National Conservatory
education: Spain's National Conservatory
Penelope Cruz Sanchez was the oldest of the three children born to Encarna Sánchez and Eduardo Cruz. While her mother was a hairdresser and personal manager, her father was a retailer and auto mechanic.
Her tryst with cinema started when she was ten. Her father brought home a Betamax machine on which the family watched movies together. The movie ‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’ by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, inspired her to take up acting professionally.
Her first stint in front of the camera was for the Spanish pop group, ‘Mecano’ music video, ‘La Fuerza del Destino’. Following this, she was regularly featured on television throughout the 1990s decade. She served as the host for the teenage talk show, ‘La Quinta Marcha’. She also appeared in an episode of an erotic French TV series called ‘Série rose’
In 1999, she was seen in ‘All About My Mother’, a film directed by Peter Almodóvar.
In 2006, she was cast alongside Salma Hayek in the western comedy film, ‘Bandidas’. Following this, she was seen in ‘Volver’, a film from the Almodóvar's camp. For the same she received numerous awards and recognitions.
In 2007, she starred in Woody Allen's ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’. She played the character of María Elena, a mentally unstable woman, with absolute perfection, thus garnering positive reviews from critics and audiences. She also bagged an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress.
She is close friends with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. Acting apart, she owns a clothing line.
Penelope Cruz Movies
(Drama, Crime, Comedy, Mystery)
(Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Romance, Mystery)
(Crime, Biography, Drama)
(Romance, Drama, Comedy)
(Drama, Romance, War)
(Drama, Romance, Thriller)
|2009||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)|
|2009||Best Supporting Actress||Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)|
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