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Biography for Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Birthdate: 28 April 1974

Birth Place: Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain.

Height in feet: 5 Feet 6 Inhes

Eye Color: Blue

Sun Sign: Taurus

Occupation: Model, Hollywood Actress

Marital Status: Married

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Penelope Cruz Sanchez was born on April 28, 1974, in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. She moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue acting. She won an Academy Award—becoming the first Spanish actress to do so—for her performance in the film Vicky Christina Barcelona.


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.

Family Background

Her father, Eduardo, worked as a car mechanic, and her mother, Encarna, was a hairdresser. As a child. She has two younger sister, Mónica, who is an actress. Cruz amused her family by re-enacting television commercials. In July 2010, Cruz married her Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star, Spanish actor Javier Bardem. She has two child son Leo Encinas, in 2011 and her second child with Bardem, a daughter named Luna Encinas Cruz.

Acting Career

In 1989, cruz made her acting debut in a music video for the Spanish pop group Mecano's song "La Fuerza del Destino". and 1997, she hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco's talk show La Quinta Marcha, a program that was hosted by teenagers, aimed at a teenage audience. Cruz made her film debut in 1992, in the dark film Jamón Jamón. The film's director, who had been unable to cast Cruz as the lead in another film because of her young age, waited until she was old enough for his next film.

Her performance earned her nominations for both the Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award and the Goya Award (Spain's Academy Award) for best lead actress. A year later, Cruz played Luz in The Age of Beauty (1992). The film won an Oscar (best foreign language film), virtually swept the Goya Awards and earned Cruz the Spanish Actors Union Award for best supporting performance.


1. Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress in 2008 for The Girl of Your Dreams.
2. Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2001 for Blow.
3. Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2006 for Volver.
4. ALMA Award for Best Actress in 2008 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
5. Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress in 2009 for Broken Embraces.
6. Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Best Fantasy Actress in 2011 for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
7. Nominated—Goya Award for Best Actress in 2012 for Venuto al mondo.

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