Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz

Full Name: Penelope Cruz Sánchez

Birth Date: April 28, 1974

Birth Place: Madrid, Spain

Height: 5' 6"

Quote: "The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman."



Penelope Cruz Biography

The eldest daughter of a hairdresser and an auto mechanic, growing up in Madrid, Spain, Penelope Cruz didn't want the normal pretty pony or a pretty stud, she instead dreamed of swans and nutcrackers and handsome princes! She further studied classical ballet at the National Conservatory for nine years. Cruz worked steadily in Spanish cinema from her 1991 debut in El Laberinto Griego (Greek Labyrinth), for the next seven years.

Cruz also made a brief and forgettable trip to the American shores, and accepted a role in a 1993 telepic, Framed, featuring Timothy Dalton. And then in Belle Époque, which won a 1994 foreign film Oscar. She then played what she deemed "the ugly woman" in Live Flesh and in Mother (1999), in which Cruz depicted a nun impregnated by a transvestite. She filmed La Niña de Tus Ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams), a role that would earn her a 1999 Best Actress Goya. She also appeared in the Hollywood feature, The Hi-Lo Country, with Woody Harrelson and Billy Crudup.

Like any starlet, Cruz ran right out and completely spent all of her first official Tinseltown paycheck. Unlike any starlet, however, she donated those earnings to Mother Theresa's children's sanctuary in Calcutta, India, where she had briefly volunteered. It was Cruz's physical beauty that secured her next upcoming major motion picture outing, as Johnny Depp's drug-addicted wife, in Blow (2001). She's spent the beginning of the new millennium in Greece as Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale vie for her affections in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Meanwhile, her name has been paired with the other world-famous Cruise (Tom, but of course) to complete director-screenwriter Cameron Crowe's next pic, Vanilla Sky.

Penelope Cruz Filmography

Manolete (2007) .... Antoñita "Lupe" Sino
The Good Night (2007) .... Anna
Volver (2006/I) .... Raimunda
... aka To Return (USA: literal English title)
Bandidas (2006) .... Maria
Chromophobia (2005) .... Gloria
Sahara (2005) .... Eva Rojas
... aka Sahara - Abenteuer in der Wüste (Germany)
Noel (2004) .... Nina Vasquez
Head in the Clouds (2004) .... Mia
... aka Juegos de mujer (Spain)
Non ti muovere (2004) .... Italia
... aka Don't Move (USA)
... aka No te muevas (Spain)
Gothika (2003) .... Chloe Sava
Fanfan la tulipe (2003) .... Adeline La Franchise
Masked and Anonymous (2003) .... Pagan Lace
Waking Up in Reno (2002) .... Brenda (Spanish Woman)
Vanilla Sky (2001) .... Sofia Serrano
Sin noticias de Dios (2001) .... Carmen Ramos
... aka Bendito infierno (Mexico) (Spain)
... aka Don't Tempt Me (USA)
... aka Nessuna notizia da Dio (Italy)
... aka No News from God (USA)
... aka Sans nouvelles de Dieu (France)
... aka Without News of God (USA)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) .... Pelagia
... aka Capitaine Corelli (France)
Blow (2001) .... Mirtha Jung
All the Pretty Horses (2000) .... Luisa
Woman on Top (2000) .... Isabella Oliveira
Volavérunt (1999) .... Pepita Tudó
... aka Volavérunt (France)
... aka Volavérunt: La maja desnuda (Spain)
Todo sobre mi madre (1999) .... Sister María Rosa Sanz
... aka All About My Mother (Europe: English title) (USA)
... aka Tout sur ma mère (France)
The Hi-Lo Country (1998) .... Josepha O'Neil
... aka Hi-Lo Country - Im Land der letzten Cowboys (Germany: TV title)
Niña de tus ojos, La (1998) .... Macarena Granada
... aka The Girl of Your Dreams
Talk of Angels (1998) .... Pilar
The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998) .... Louise
... aka If Only... (Australia) (France) (UK)
... aka Lieber gestern als nie (Germany)
... aka Lluvia en los zapatos (Spain)
... aka Twice Upon a Yesterday (USA)
Don Juan (1998) .... Mathurine
... aka Don Juan (Spain)
Abre los ojos (1997) .... Sofía
... aka Apri gli occhi (Italy)
... aka Open Your Eyes (USA)
... aka Ouvre les yeux (France)
... aka Permanent Midnight (USA)
Carne trémula (1997) (as Penelope Cruz) .... Isabel Plaza Caballero
... aka En chair et en os (France)
... aka Live Flesh (USA)
Hjørne af paradis, Et (1997) .... Doña Helena
... aka A Corner of Paradise (USA)
... aka Doft av paradiset, En (Sweden)
... aka Rincón en el paraíso, Un (Costa Rica)
Amor perjudica seriamente la salud, El (1996) .... Diana (30 años más joven)/Invitada a la Cena
... aka Amour nuit gravement à la santé, L' (France)
... aka Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health
... aka Love Causes Serious Harm to Your Health
Más que amor, frenesí (1996)
... aka Not Love, Just Frenzy
Celestina, La (1996) .... Melibea
Brujas (1996) .... Patricia
Efecto mariposa, El (1995) (uncredited) .... Party guest
... aka Effet papillon, L' (France)
... aka The Butterfly Effect
Entre rojas (1995) .... Lucía
Todo es mentira (1994) .... Lucía
... aka It's All Lies
... aka Life's a Bitch
Alegre ma non troppo (1994) .... Salomé
Ribelle, La (1993) .... Enza
... aka The Rebel
Laberinto griego, El (1993) .... Elise
... aka The Greek Labyrinth
Per amore, solo per amore (1993) .... Mary
... aka For Love, Only for Love
Belle epoque (1992) .... Luz
... aka Belle époque (France)
... aka The Age of Beauty
Framed (1992) (TV) (as Penelope Cruz Sánchez) .... Lola Del Moreno
Jamón, jamón (1992) .... La hija de puta
... aka A Tale of Ham and Passion (USA: video title)
... aka Ham Ham
... aka Salami, Salami
Mecano - Los vídeos (1992) (V) (uncredited) .... (segment "La fuerza del destino")
"Série rose"
... aka Erotisches zur Nacht
... aka Softly from Paris (USA: video title)
- Elle et lui (1990) TV Episode .... Daphné/Javotte/Juliette

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