Penelope Cruz Biography |
  • Penelope Cruz Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

    Academy Award® winner PENÉLOPE CRUZ has proven herself to be one of the most versatile, young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and most recently becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated and win an Oscar.

    First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films Jamon, Jamon and Belle Epoque, she starred in her first English language film, The Hi-Lo Country for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th Annual Goya Awards given by the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba’s The Girl of Your Dreams.

    Confirming her status as Spain’s hottest international actress, Cruz landed a series of coveted roles. She appeared in Billy Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses, Fina Torres’ Woman on Top, Alejandro Amenabar’s Open Your Eyes, Maria Ripoli’s Twice Upon a Yesterday and Nick Hamm’s Talk of Angels. Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s Live Flesh and critically acclaimed All About My Mother, which was awarded the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

    Next up for Cruz was a role opposite Johnny Depp in Blow for director Ted Demme and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin opposite Nicolas Cage. After that, Cruz starred opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe’s erotic thriller Vanilla Sky. She then tackled Masked & Anonymous, Fan Fan la Tulipe, which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and Don’t Tempt Me. Cruz received rave reviews for her performance in Don’t Move (Non ti Muovere) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and European Film Award for Best Actress.

    To add to her already diverse choice of film credits, Cruz starred in films including Gothika, Head in the Clouds, Noel and Chromophobia. Cruz starred with Matthew McConaughey and William H. Macy in the action packed film Sahara.

    In 2006, Cruz starred in Volver, which again teamed her with director and dear friend Pedro Almodóvar.  Critically acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won the Best Actress awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

    Cruz’s recent credits include Elegy opposite Ben Kingsley and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlet Johansson. Cruz won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a New York Film Critics Circle and a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

    In 2009, Cruz and Almodóvar were back in action for the fourth time with Broken Embraces, for which she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Lena. Also that year, she teamed up with director Rob Marshall for the first time, and starred alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard, in the film version of the musical Nine. Her standout portrayal of Carla garnered Screen Actors Guild®, Golden Globe® and Academy Award nominations. Her third Oscar nomination made history as it marked only the third time in Oscar history where the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for the same award again in the following year.

    In 2010, Cruz appeared in Sex and the City 2, and in 2011 reteamed with director Rob Marshall for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, opposite Johnny Depp.  The following year, she appeared in Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love, and then starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited opposite Antonio Banderas.

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