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Also Known As: Penlope Cruz Snchez Died:
Born: April 28, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Madrid, ES Profession: actor, TV host, ballet dancer, model

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Penélope Cruz burst onto the scene in her native Spain in the early 1990s and quickly established herself as a talent to be reckoned with. A longtime critical darling on the international film circuit, Cruz was a favorite creative muse of famed Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the actress in some of his most acclaimed features, including "Live Flesh" (1997) and "All About My Mother" (1999). But it was after she crossed the Atlantic that Cruz truly became a global superstar, thanks to performances in "All the Pretty Horses" (2000), "Blow" (2001) and "Vanilla Sky" (2001), a remake of an earlier film of hers, "Open Your Eyes" (1998). Meanwhile, her highly-publicized off-screen dalliances with some of Hollywood's elite stars like Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem only added to her mystique. While she earned her a place among People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list in the mid-2000s, as well cultivated her fashionista reputation each time she hit the red carpet in an impeccable gown, Cruz was first and foremost a gifted performer. After garnering her first widespread acclaim for Almodóvar's "Volver" (2006), Cruz won an Academy Award for her comic performance in...

Penélope Cruz burst onto the scene in her native Spain in the early 1990s and quickly established herself as a talent to be reckoned with. A longtime critical darling on the international film circuit, Cruz was a favorite creative muse of famed Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the actress in some of his most acclaimed features, including "Live Flesh" (1997) and "All About My Mother" (1999). But it was after she crossed the Atlantic that Cruz truly became a global superstar, thanks to performances in "All the Pretty Horses" (2000), "Blow" (2001) and "Vanilla Sky" (2001), a remake of an earlier film of hers, "Open Your Eyes" (1998). Meanwhile, her highly-publicized off-screen dalliances with some of Hollywood's elite stars like Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem only added to her mystique. While she earned her a place among People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list in the mid-2000s, as well cultivated her fashionista reputation each time she hit the red carpet in an impeccable gown, Cruz was first and foremost a gifted performer. After garnering her first widespread acclaim for Almodóvar's "Volver" (2006), Cruz won an Academy Award for her comic performance in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), making her perhaps the most famous actress to make the successful crossover from her native country.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Grimsby (2015)
2.
 Counselor, The (2013)
3.
 Twice Born (2013)
4.
 I'm So Excited (2013)
5.
7.
8.
 G-Force (2009)
9.
 Nine (2009)
10.
 Broken Embraces (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Co-hosted the Spanish TV talk show "Quinta Marcha"
1992:
Feature debut, "El Laberinto Griego/The Greek Labyrinth"
1992:
First leading film role, "Jamon, Jamon"
1992:
Cast in featured role in Fernando Trueba's Oscar-winning "Belle Epoque"
1993:
English-language acting debut, the British TV miniseries "Framed" (A&E)
1994:
First English-language film role, as the young charge of an Irish governess in "Talk of Angels" (released in U.S. in 1998)
1997:
Co-starred as a pregnant prostitute in Pedro Almodóvar's "Live Flesh"
1998:
Landed featured role in psychological drama "Open Your Eyes/Abre los ojos"
1998:
Reteamed with Trueba for the comedy "La Nina de tus Ojos/The Girl of Your Dreams"
1998:
Played a bookish barmaid in the romantic comedy "Twice Upon a Yesterday/If Only/The Man with Rain in His Shoes"
1998:
Appeared as Billy Crudup's Mexican girlfriend in Stephen Frears' "The Hi-Lo Country"
1999:
Portrayed a nun in Almodóvar's award-winning "Todo sobre mi madre/All About My Mother"
2000:
Cast as Matt Damon's love interest in "All the Pretty Horses"
2000:
Starred as a South American chef in the comedy "Woman on Top"
2001:
Cast as the drug-addled wife of a cocaine dealer (Johnny Depp) in "Blow"
2001:
Cast in female lead in the triangular romance "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" opposite Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale
2001:
Selected by Ralph Lauren to appear in an advertising campaign for his products
2001:
Starred opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky"; reprised original role from the Spanish film "Open Your Eyes"
2003:
Starred with Halle Berry in the thriller "Gothika"
2004:
Starred with Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend in the 1930's war drama "Head in the Clouds"
2005:
Cast as a destitute woman who becomes involved with an upper-crust physician in "Non ti muovere"
2005:
Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in "Sahara"
2006:
Earned critical acclaim for her performance in Pedro Almodóvar¿s "Volver"; premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress
2007:
Cast as the dream embodiment of the perfect woman in Jake Paltrow's directorial debut "The Good Night"
2008:
Played Ben Kingsley's student in "Elegy"
2008:
Played Javier Bardem's unstable ex-wife in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actress
2009:
Re-teamed with Pedro Almodóvar for "Broken Embraces"
2009:
Played Daniel Day-Lewis' mistress in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play "Nine"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Nine")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ("Nine")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("Nine")
2010:
Appeared in a bit part in "Sex and the City 2"
2011:
Reunited with Johnny Depp to play Jack Sparrow's (Depp) former love interest in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
2012:
Again directed by Woody Allen in the romantic comedy "To Rome with Love"
2013:
Featured in "The Counselor" along with her husband, Javier Bardem
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Education

Conservatorio Nacional: -

Notes

Cruz spent one week as a volunteer at Mother Theresa's children's sanctuary in Calcutta and later donated her salary from "The Hi-Lo Country" to the organization.

"A tape appeared on my desk. I went and looked at it, and there was Venus. She's absolutely gorgeous. And very, very good, too."---Stephen Frears on casting Penelope Cruz in "The Hi-Lo Country" The New York Times November 29, 1998

"I think it is a privilege. Not everybody can do what they want to do and still eat. I'm very lucky. And it's getting better and better."---Cruz, on working in show business Vanity Fair November, 1998

"She was exactly what I had envisioned for the part. There are very few actresses like her, she was head and shoulders above everybody else."---Billy Bob Thornton on casting Cruz in "All the Pretty Horses" Los Angeles Times June 6, 1999

"... I don't think you have to be suffering to give a good performance. I feel everything a lot, but I don't feel that that has to be my downfall."

"I reached a point once when I was so exhausted that I couldn't live like that any more. I wasn't doing anything bad to myself, only overworking, but that can take you to a place that is not good. Work can be your best friend or your worst enemy. I used to smoke for four years; that's when I decided to quit [in March: coincidentally, when her relationship with Cruise, who has been a high-profile supporter of the anti-smoking campaign in California, was blossoming] and to eat when I have to eat, to stop what I'm doing, even if it's 20 minutes, and to sleep, rest and take free time for myself."---Cruz quoted in London's The Sunday Times January 6, 2002

"There's no point in thinking about the past...I feel I can go anywhere and do anything. I'm now enjoying life as never before."---Cruz on her split from boyfriend Tom Cruise US weekly April 19, 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Nacho Cano. Singer. Appeared with group Mecano; together from c. 1991 to c. 1997.
companion:
Enrique Sarasola. Equestrian. Competed in the Olympics; together from c. 1997 to c. 1998.
companion:
Tomas Obermajer. Director. Czech; became involved during filming of "La Nina de tus Ojos/The Girl of Your Dreams"; had two-and-a-half-year relationship c. 1998 to c. 2000.
companion:
Tom Cruise. Actor. Worked together on "Vanilla Sky"; went public with relationship in July 2001; Split in January 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Encarna Cruz. Hairdresser, manager. Runs Cruz's business affairs.
father:
Eduardo Cruz. Auto mechanic.
sister:
Monica Cruz. Dancer. Born c. 1977; professional flemenco dancer.
brother:
Eduardo Cruz Jr. Born c. 1985.
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