디오스 (Sin Noticias De Dios|노 뉴스 프롬 갓|2001)
바닐라 스카이 (Vanilla Sky|2001)
내 어머니의 모든 것 (Todo Sobre Mi Madre|All about My Mother|2000)
꿈속의 여인 (La Niña de tus ojos|The Girl of Your Dreams|1998)
오픈 유어 아이즈 (Abre Los Ojos|Open Your Eyes|1997)
|Horoscope Sign: Taurus
Family: Father: Eduardo (auto mechanic); mother: Encarna (hairdresser, manager); sister: Monica (flamenco dancer); brother: Eduardo (soccer player)
Love interest: Tom Cruise (actor)
Education: National Conservatory, Madrid, Spain; majored in classical ballet
Penelope Cruz Biography
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress," Penelope Cruz Sanchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo (a retailer) and Encarna (a hairdresser).
As a toddler she was already a compulsive performer, reenacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. At 15, however, she heeded her true calling when she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition.
The resulting contract landed her several roles in Spanish TV shows and music videos, which in turn paved the way for a career on the big screen. Cruz made her movie debut in (1991) Laberinto griego, El (_The Greek Labyrinth_), then appeared briefly in the Timothy Dalton thriller (1992) (TV), Framed. Her third film was the Oscar-winning Belle epoque (1992), in which she played one of four sisters vying for the love of a handsome army deserter. The film also garnered several Goyas, the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Awards.
Her resume continued to grow by three or four films each year, and soon Cruz was a leading lady of Spanish cinema. Carne tremula (1997) (_Live Flesh_) offered her the chance to work with renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodovar (who would later be her ticket to international fame), and the same year she was the lead actress in the thriller/drama/mystery/sci-fi film Abre los ojos (1997), a huge hit in Spain that earned eight Goyas (though none for Cruz). Her luck finally changed in 1998, when the movie-industry comedy Nina de tus ojos, La (1998) won her a Best Actress Goya.
Cruz made a few more forays into English-language film, but her first big international hit was Almodovar's madre (1999), Todo sobre mi (_All About My Mother_), in which she played an unchaste but well-meaning nun. As the film was showered with awards and accolades, Cruz suddenly found herself in demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her next big project was Woman on Top (2000), an American comedy about a chef with bewitching culinary skills and a severe case of motion sickness. While in the US, she also signed up to star opposite Johnny Depp in the drug-trafficking drama Blow (2001) and opposite Matt Damon (her rumored paramour) in Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses (2000).
Cruz says she's wary of being typecast as a beautiful young damsel, but it's hard to imagine disguising her wide-eyed charms and generous nature (she once donated an entire paycheck to Mother Teresa's children's sanctuary). Fortunately, with Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (2001) (a remake of Abre los ojos (1997)) and a John Madden collaboration looming in her future, Damsel Penelope isn't likely to disappear just yet.
Contact Penelope Cruz
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Penelope Cruz Filmography
Sin noticias de Dios (2002) .... Evil Angel
Vanilla Sky (2001) .... Sofia
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) .... Pelagia
Blow (2001) .... Mirtha Jung
All the Pretty Horses (2000) .... Alejandra de la Rocha
Woman on Top (1999) .... Isabella Oliveira
Volaverunt (1999) .... Pepita Tudo
Todo sobre mi madre (1999) .... Sister Rosa
Hi-Lo Country, The (1998) .... Josepha O'Neil
Nina de tus ojos, La (1998) .... Macarena Granada
Talk of Angels (1998) .... Pilar
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998) .... Louise
Don Juan (1998) .... Mathurine
Abre los ojos (1997) .... Sofia
Carne tremula (1997) (as Penelope Cruz) .... Isabel
Hjørne af paradis, Et (1997) .... Dona Helena
Amor perjudica seriamente la salud, El (1996) .... Diana
Framed (1996) (as Penelope Cruz Sanchez)
Mas que amor, frenesi (1996)
Celestina, La (1996) .... Melibea
Brujas (1996) .... Patricia
Entre rojas (1994) .... Lucia
Todo es mentira (1994) .... Lucia
Alegre ma non troppo (1994) .... Salome
Per amore, solo per amore (1993) .... Mary
Ribelle, La (1993) .... Enza
Jamon, jamon (1992) .... Silvia
Belle epoque (1992) .... Luz
Framed (1992) (TV) .... Lola Del Moreno
Laberinto griego, El (1991) .... Elise
"Quinta Marcha, La" (1990) TV Series .... Host