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Penelope Cruz



One of Spain's foremost leading ladies of the 1990s, Penélope Cruz has managed to make her mark with international audiences as well. Born in Madrid on April 28, 1974, Cruz was one of three children of a merchant and a hairdresser. After years of intensive study in ballet and jazz, she broke into acting in 1992. That year, she had starring roles in Jamón Jamón and Belle Epoque, two very disparate films. The former cast her as the desperately poor daughter of a village prostitute, while the latter featured her as one of four lusty daughters of a wealthy man in pre-Franco Spain. Belle Epoque proved to be a huge success, winning nine Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of an Academy Award) and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Its success gave Cruz a dose of international recognition, and after starring in a number of Spanish films, she enhanced this recognition in 1997 with the Sundance entry Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). That same year, she had a brief but memorable role in Pedro Almodóvar's Carne Trémula (Live Flesh).



In 1998, Cruz had her first starring role in an English-language film, playing Billy Crudup's Mexican-American love interest in Stephen Frears' The Hi-Lo Country. She had another go at English later that year in the Spanish-British romantic comedy Twice Upon a Yesterday, which cast her as a Spanish barmaid living in London. In 1999, she returned to Spain to collaborate once again with Almodóvar on Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother), a wildly acclaimed film that premiered at Cannes that year.



The next two years would prove to be a critical turning point in both Cruz's personal and professional life, with increasingly visible roles in large-scale Hollywood productions as well as a developing relationship with one Tinseltown's most popular leading men. Gaining notice for her roles in All the Pretty Horses in 2000 and Blow the following year, it appeared as if Cruz's career had suddenly kicked into overdrive. After starring alongside Nicolas Cage in the underperforming Captain Corelli's Mandolin in 2001, Cruz dove back into familiar territory with director Cameron Crowe's remake of Abre los Ojos, Vanilla Sky (2001). Developing a close relationship with lead Tom Cruise as his much publicized breakup with Nicole Kidman drew to a close, the pair soon found themselves the center of considerable paparazzi attention as they became Hollywood's hottest new couple.



While "Cruz & Cruise" outlasted most celebrity couplings born on movie sets -- even generating wedding talk -- the duo went their separate ways in 2004. Perhaps not coincidentally, Cruz's career took a backseat to her paramour's while she was dating him; between 2001 and 2004, most of her roles were either minor ones in uncelebrated American indies (Waking Up in Reno, Masked and Anonymous, Noel) or meatier ones in foreign films that failed to gain traction in the States (Fanfan la Tulipe, Don't Move, Bandidas). Luckily, the actress rebounded with a performance thought by many critics to be the best of her career, when she re-teamed with one of her earliest champions, Pedro Almodóvar, for his nostalgic, bittersweet Volver in 2006. Warm, witty, and biting, Cruz's performance kept her name in the running for many year-end awards, even garnering her her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress.



In 2008, Cruz earned strong reviews for her work in Elegy, but it was her turn in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona that garnered her Best Supporting Actress nods from the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Screen Actors Guild, and winning the trophy in that category from the Academy.

She was nominated the next year for the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Oscar for her sexy supporting turn in Rob Marshall's big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Nine. Despite the film itself doing poorly, Cruz proved that she'd found a solid career trajectory as the 2010's progressed, appearing in projec

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
22% Ma ma
  • Magda
  • Producer
2016
37% The Brothers Grimsby
  • Rhonda George
2016
23% Zoolander 2
  • Valentina
2016
17% Twice Born
  • Gemma
2013
35% The Counselor
  • Laura
2013
48% I'm So Excited!
  • Jessica
2013
No Score Yet Per Amore, Solo Per Amore
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Counsellor
  • Actor
2013
44% To Rome with Love
  • Anna
2012
No Score Yet Looking Back on Love: Making Black and White America
  • Actor
2012
32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Angelica
2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
15% Sex and the City 2
  • Carmen Garcia Carrion
2010
38% Nine
  • Carla
2009
81% Broken Embraces
  • Lena
2009
No Score Yet A Matador's Mistress (Manolete)
  • Lupe Sino
2009
22% G-Force
  • Juarez
2009
No Score Yet La concejala antropófaga (The Cannibalistic Councillor)
  • Actor
2009
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Maria Elena
2008
75% Elegy
  • Consuela Castillo
2008
31% The Good Night
  • Anna
2007
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now
  • Actor
2007
92% Volver
  • Raimunda
2006
62% Bandidas
  • Maria Alvarez
2006
No Score Yet Viva Pedro
  • Actor
2006
31% Chromophobia
  • Gloria
2005
39% Sahara
  • Eva Rojas
2005
No Score Yet Celestina
  • Actor
2005
46% Don't Move
  • Italia
2004
15% Head in the Clouds
  • Mia
2004
29% Noel
  • Nina
2004
14% Gothika
  • Chloe Sava
2003
38% Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)
  • Carmen Ramos
2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Pagan Lace
2003
17% Fanfan La Tulipe
  • Adeline La Franchise
2003
No Score Yet Hollywood Greeting: Valentine's Day
  • Actor
2003
13% Waking Up in Reno
  • Brenda
2002
42% Vanilla Sky
  • Sofia Serrano
2001
29% Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  • Pelagia
2001
55% Blow
  • Mirtha
2001
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
32% All the Pretty Horses
  • Alejandra
2000
34% Woman on Top
  • Isabella
2000
85% Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)
  • Sofia
1999
98% Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother)
  • Hermana Rosa
1999
No Score Yet Volavérunt
  • The Maja (Pepita Tudo)
1999
56% The Hi-Lo Country
  • Josepha O'Neil
1998
No Score Yet Talk of Angels
  • Pilar
1998
29% The Man with Rain in His Shoes (Twice Upon a Yesterday)
  • Louise
1998
No Score Yet Don Juan
  • Mathurine
1998
80% Live Flesh (Carne trémula)
  • Isabelle
1998
No Score Yet The Girl of Your Dreams
  • Macarena Granada
1998
No Score Yet Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health
  • Diana Balaguer As A Young Woman
1997
No Score Yet La Celestina
  • Melibea
1996
No Score Yet Brujas
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Not Love Just Frenzy
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet El Efecto Mariposa
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet La Ribelle (The Rebel)
  • Enza
1993
No Score Yet The Greek Labyrinth
  • Actor
1993
94% Belle Epoque (The Age of Beauty)
  • Luz
1992
64% Jamón Jamón
  • Silvia
1991
No Score Yet El Laberinto Griego
  • Actor
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest

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