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Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

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Famous as :

Actress

Birth Name :

Penelope Cruz Sanchez

Birth Date :

April 28, 1974

Birth Place :

Madrid, Spain

Spouse :

Javier Bardem (actor, since July-2010)

Claim to fame :

As Hermana Rosa in "All About My Mother" (1999)

Biography


The "Spanish Enchantress" definitely is an appropriate term to be addressed to Penelope Cruz Sanchez. Mesmerizing, talented and strong willed, she has made her way to be one of the most prominent Latin actresses in Hollywood film industry. Born on April 28, 1974 in Madrid, Spain, her parents, Eduardo Cruz and Encarna Sanchez, named her based on Joan Manuel Serrat's song. Growing up in Alcobendas together with her younger siblings, Monica and Eduardo Cruz Jr., little Penelope developed a fondness for performing at a very young age, especially for ballet and jazz dance. Overwhelmed with this passion, she spent nine years to study classical ballet at Spain's National Conservatory in Madrid while also learned Spanish ballet under the guidance of Angela Garrido for three years. Wanting for more, she took a period of jazz dance lessons with Raul Caballero as well as four-years dance courses with Cristina Rota in New York City.

Her transition to acting began when she defeated more than 300 other girls in a talent agency audition at the age of 15. This initial success resulted in her decision to quit her study at a secondary school. The contract she obtained led her to appear in commercials and Spanish TV shows, including that of "La Quinta Marcha" in which she started to gain people's attention as the program's host in 1990. Turning her attention to acting, she made her debut in the following year through "El Laberinto Griego" (The Greek Labyrinth), which was delayed to be released until the year of 1993. However, it was her appearance in Mecano's music video of "La fuerza del destino" (1992) that she finally was able to embrace national fame. After starring in "Jamon, Jamon" (1992) and "Framed" (1992), she took part in "Belle Epoque" in the same year and to her surprise, it turned out to be a massive hit in Spain, collecting nine Goya Awards, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscar while eventually winning the category of Foreign Language Film at Academy Awards.

Latest News


'Zoolander 2' Nabs Penelope Cruz to Star

November 21, 2014 00:34:11 GMT

The sequel to "Zoolander" is moving forward with the signing of . She will star opposite who reprises his role as the empty-headed supermodel Derek Zoolander in "".
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Penelope Cruz Is Esquire's 2014 Sexiest Woman Alive

October 13, 2014 06:59:59 GMT

is named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2014. She is the 11th woman to be given the title, joining a number of famous figures including , who won the same title twice in 2013 and in 2006, , and .
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Jackie Mason Joins Jon Voight in Slamming Penelope Cruz Over Anti-Israel Letter

August 05, 2014 07:27:13 GMT

Jackie Mason slams and her husband, , in an inter view with FOX 411. Penelope and Javier were previously slammed by following the release of their open letter which described Israel's actions against Palestinians in Gaza as "genocide."
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Jon Voight Slams Penelope Cruz's Open Letter Condemning Israel

August 04, 2014 04:24:10 GMT

slams and who previously described Israel's actions against Palestinians in Gaza as "genocide." In an open letter written to The Hollywood Reporter on August 2, Jon says that the couple should "hang your heads in shame."
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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Write Open Letter Condemning Israel's Actions as 'Genocide'

July 30, 2014 09:10:00 GMT

Some celebrities have voiced their opinion over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. , her husband, , and Spanish movie director Pedro Almodovar were among some Spanish stars who described Israel's actions against Palestinians in Gaza as "genocide."
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Penelope Cruz Unrecognizable in Pixie Hair on Set of Her Movie 'Ma Ma'

June 06, 2014 08:17:40 GMT

was almost unrecognizable when preparing to film her scene for new movie "" in Madrid. The Spanish star was pictured on the set channeling her inner tomboy, hiding her long luscious hair under a short wig and wearing a baggy plaid shirt.
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Sony's Release Schedule Reveals Penelope Cruz Joins 'Bond 24'

April 11, 2014 07:14:31 GMT

Despite denial, rumor that , 39, will join the next James Bond movie re-surfaces. According to Premiere magazine, Sony's latest release schedule update shows the wife of "" villain among the cast of "Bond 24".
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Full List of 2014 Oscars Presenters Announced

February 24, 2014 15:21:28 GMT

The full list of celebrities who will take the stage on March 2 to present the Oscars was unleashed on Monday, February 24. Among the famous names are , , , and .
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Penelope Cruz Flaunts Post-Baby Figure at 'The Counselor' Premiere

October 04, 2013 08:37:59 GMT

It was just this July that Spanish actress gave birth to her second baby but she showed no signs of the pregnancy pounds when she graced the premiere of her new film, "", on Thursday evening, October 3 at London's Odeon West End. The 39-year-old mom wowed the crowd with her hourglass figure as she walked down the blue carpet.
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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Welcome Daughter

July 24, 2013 00:57:34 GMT

and are now proud parents of two. She gave birth to her second child with her actor husband on Monday, July 22, the same day Duke of Cambridge Prince William and his Duchess Kate Middleton welcomed their baby boy.
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'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Finale Preview: The Massacre's Aftermath

June 03, 2013 03:50:30 GMT

"" fans have just witnessed another heartbreaking loss which the book readers had known before. After the Red Wedding which turned into bloody massacre involving some beloved protagonists, the show will return for its third season finale next week, on Sunday, June 9 at 9 P.M. on HBO to be exact.
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'Bond 24' Might Have Penelope Cruz as First Spanish Bond Girl

June 03, 2013 03:05:27 GMT

A name of the strong contender for the role of Bond girl in "Bond 24" has surfaced. Actress , who received recognition for her role in -starring "Vanilla Sky", is rumored to have been approached and offered the coveted role. Turning 40 next April, she will be the first Spanish and the oldest it girl in Bond history if she eventually joins the film.
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Penelope Cruz's Actress Sister Monica Gave Birth to a Baby Girl

May 15, 2013 06:29:58 GMT

is officially an aunt. Her sister, actress Monica Cruz, has welcomed a daughter Tuesday, May 14 at the International Ruber Clinic in Madrid, Hola magazine reports.
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Penelope Cruz Confirms Second Pregnancy

February 13, 2013 03:26:50 GMT

Spanish actress and her husband, , are expecting their second child. Although the news broke out in early February, Cruz's publicist, Javier Giner, only announced it on Tuesday, February 12.
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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Expecting Baby No. 2

February 01, 2013 19:48:02 GMT

, 38, is having a bun in the oven again, New York Post first reports. This is going to be her second child with her actor hubby whom she married in July 2010 at a friend's home in the Bahamas.
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Penelope Cruz Stuns in Lace at Woody Allen's 'To Rome with Love' Premiere in Italy

April 14, 2012 01:34:55 GMT

's latest Europe-based drama, "", has been premiered on Friday night, April 13 in the titular city where the film was shot. Taking place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in the capital of Italy, the special screening event was attended by lead actress in addition to Allen himself.
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Michelle Williams and Penelope Cruz Bring Elegance to BAFTAs 2012's Red Carpet

February 13, 2012 03:18:32 GMT

The 65th Annual British Academy of Film and Television Awards has been held at London's Royal Opera House. Before the ceremony was kicked off on Sunday, February 12, a horde of Hollywood stars flocked the red carpet, and the ladies, in particular, turned heads with their elegance.
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2011 ALMA Awards Nominates Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez

July 28, 2011 16:57:26 GMT

This September 16, , , and many more will grace the stage of 2011 NCLR Alma Awards. NBC has just announced the nominees for the show which honors Latinos in entertainment and the aforementioned stars are some of the "Favorite" ones.
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Penelope Cruz Takes Baby Son Out With Eva Longoria

July 27, 2011 08:03:57 GMT

has taken her baby son for an outing with . On Monday, July 17, the "" actress was snapped carrying six-month-old Leo in a baby sling as she walked down a flight of steps followed by the "" star.
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Pictures: Sexy Penelope Cruz Filming 'Bob Decameron' in Rome

July 13, 2011 09:08:28 GMT

has recently been spotted in Rome, Italy, kicking off production for her new movie "The Bop Decameron". The wife of actor shows off her post-baby figure in a tight-fitting red mini dress for the Monday, July 11 filming.
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Slender Sean Kingston Tweets First Post-Hospitalization Picture

June 21, 2011 02:13:31 GMT

is getting better after a recent life-threatening jet-ski accident. To assure fans that he's indeed doing ok and now on the road to recovery, the reggae fusion singer took to Twitter to give update on his condition by posting a first picture post the jet-ski crash.
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Woody Allen to Star Opposite Penelope Cruz in 'Bop Decameron'

June 21, 2011 01:46:34 GMT

After he made "", is ready to shoot his 2012 film "The Bop Decameron". On June 20, Allen announces through a press release the full cast members, some of whom have been reported joining the project. The surprising part is Allen himself will star opposite in the dramedy flick.
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Justin Bieber Auctions Off Japan Meet-and-Greet Session for Charity

May 11, 2011 01:58:43 GMT

is giving fans the chance to meet him backstage at his upcoming concert in Tokyo, Japan as part of a charity auction. The teenage pop star recently announced plans to press ahead with his dates in the country despite fears of increased radiation levels following the March earthquake and tsunami disaster, which caused severe damage to a nuclear reactor in Fukushima.
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Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp's 'South Park' Prank

May 10, 2011 11:08:00 GMT

and are both big fans of the comedy series "" and after losing a bet with Depp, Penelope had to perform an odd forfeit which involved her donning a crass costume in front of their co-workers - and she fears his pictures will one day surface online.
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Motherhood Changes Penelope Cruz

May 10, 2011 09:11:22 GMT

has opened up about motherhood for the first time, admitting she changed "immediately" after giving birth to a baby boy earlier in 2011. The "" actress and her husband welcomed their first child, a son rumored to be called Leo, in January.
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Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz Hit 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' World Premiere

May 09, 2011 02:23:59 GMT

"" has lowered the anchor at Anaheim, California, for its world premiere. On Saturday, May 7, hit the premiere, which was held at Disneyland, in his black-and-white suit.
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Penelope Cruz's Birthday Nightmare

May 04, 2011 21:08:00 GMT

The "" star celebrated her 39th birthday over dinner with family and friends on Thursday, but nerves got the better, causing a potentially scary situation for the sexy Spanish actress.
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Penelope Cruz Peed in Caribbean Sea During Pirates Shoot

April 25, 2011 21:32:00 GMT

The "" star was a few months into her pregnancy when she shot the majority of the Disney adventure "" with in Hawaii last year , and Penelope Cruz admits she struggled to control her bladder throughout production.
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Penelope Cruz Would Love to Do More Musicals

April 15, 2011 21:57:00 GMT

starred in 2009's Nine and caught the musical bug, and now she's inspired to hit the high notes again on screen by gal pal 's show-stopping performances on TV show "".
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Penelope Cruz Spotted Out and About With Son

April 08, 2011 04:21:19 GMT

and have been pictured with their newborn son for the first time. The Oscar-winning actress gave birth to the baby boy back in January at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but the Hollywood couple has remained coy about their new arrival and even refused to reveal the tot's name.
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Picture Gallery


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