Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz
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Penélope Cruz gave birth to her first child, son Leo Encinas Bardem, on January 22, 2011 at the Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California

Penélope Cruz gave birth to her first child, son Leo Encinas Bardem, on January 22, 2011 at the Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974) is a Spanish actress. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000). Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in Vanilla Sky and Blow. Both films were released in 2001 and were commercially successful worldwide.

In the 2000s she has appeared in films from a wide range of genres, including the comedy Waking Up in Reno (2002), the thriller Gothika (2003), the Christmas movie Noel (2004), the action adventure Sahara (2005), the animated G-Force and the musical drama Nine. Her most notable films to date are Volver (2006), for which she earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), for which she received an Academy Award. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cruz has modeled for companies such as Mango, Ralph Lauren and L’Oréal. Cruz and her younger sister Mónica Cruz have designed items for Mango. She has donated both her time and money to charities. Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India, where she spent one week working for Mother Teresa; she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the late nun’s mission.

Cruz began dating co-star Javier Bardem in 2007. They married in early July 2010 in a private ceremony at a friend’s home in the Bahamas, with a rep speaking only to confirm the ceremony, and to reveal the bride wore a dress by Galliano.

Filmography and Awards

2015 La reina de España
2013 The Counselor
2013 I’m So Excited!
2012 To Rome with Love
2012 Twice Born
2010 Sex and the City 2
2009 Nine
2009 G-Force (voice)
2009 Broken Embraces
2009 The Cannibalistic Councillor (short)
2008 Manolete
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2008 Elegy
2007 The Good Night
2006 Volver
2006 Bandidas
2005 Chromophobia
2005 Sahara
2004 Noel
2004 Head in the Clouds
2004 Non ti muovere
2003 Gothika
2003 Fanfan la tulipe
2003 Masked and Anonymous
2002 Waking Up in Reno
2001 Vanilla Sky
2001 Sin noticias de Dios
2001 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
2001 Blow
2000 All the Pretty Horses
2000 Woman on Top
1999 Volavérunt
1999 All About My Mother
1998 The Hi-Lo Country
1998 The Girl of Your Dreams
1998 Talk of Angels
1998 The Man with Rain in His Shoes
1998 Don Juan
1997 Open Your Eyes
1997 Carne trémula
1997 A Scent of Paradise
1996 Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health
1996 Not Love, Just Frenzy
1996 La Celestina
1996 Brujas
1995 El efecto mariposa
1995 Entre rojas
1994 Todo es mentira
1994 Alegre ma non troppo
1993 Per amore, solo per amore
1993 La ribelle
1993 The Greek Labyrinth
1992 Belle epoque
1992 Jamón, jamón