Penélope Cruz Biography

Masked and Anonymous

Masked and Anonymous

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Released: August 8, 2003
Director: Larry Charles
Producer: Nigel Sinclair, Jeff Rosen
Studio: Mongrel Media
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Angela Bassett, Steven Bauer, Bruce Dern, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, Cheech Marin, Chris Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Mickey Rourke, Richard Sarafian, Christian Slater, Susan Tyrrell, Tracey Walter, Fred Ward, Robert Wisdom
Genre: Drama
Length: 107 minutes
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Penélope Cruz Biography

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Date of Birth: April 28, 1974

One of Spain's leading ladies of the 1990s, Penelope Cruz has managed to make her mark on international audiences as well. Born in Madrid, Spain, Cruz was one of three children of a merchant and a hairdresser. After years of intensive study in ballet and jazz, she broke into acting in 1992 with starring roles in major Spanish films such as Jamn Jamn and Belle Epoque. The former cast her as the desperately poor daughter of a village prostitute, while the latter featured her as one of four lusty daughters of a wealthy man in pre-Franco Spain. Belle Epoque proved to be a huge success, winning nine Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of an Academy Award) and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Its success gave Cruz a dose of international recognition, and, after starring in a number of Spanish films, she enhanced this recognition in 1997 with the Sundance entry Abre los Ojos. That same year, she had a brief but memorable role in Pedro Almodvar's Carne TrTmula.

In 1998, Cruz had her first starring role in an English language film playing Billy Crudup's Mexican-American love interest in Stephen Frears' The Hi-Lo Country. She had another go at English later that year in the Spanish-British romantic comedy Twice Upon a Yesterday, which cast her as a Spanish barmaid living in London.

In 1999, she returned to Spain to collaborate once again with Almodvar on All About My Mother, a wildly acclaimed film that premiered at Cannes that year and later won on Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In Vanilla Sky (2001), Cruz starred alongside Tom Cruise, who in February 2001, publicly declared his marriage to Nicole Kidman was over. Cruz and Cruise were seen as a couple until January 2004 when they ended their relationship. She then dated Matthew McConaughey for a year from 2005 to 2006.

In 2006 she shared a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival with the rest of the female ensemble cast for Volver (2006), and in 2007, she received a Best Actress Oscar nod for her work in Volver (2006).

In 2009, Cruz won her first Academy Award, for her supporting role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was nominated for a third Academy Award in 2010, this time for her performance in the musical Nine (2009). She can be seen in Woody Allen's 2012 comedy To Rome with Love. Most recently, she starred in ma ma (2015), Zoolander 2 (2016), The Queen of Spain (2017), Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Loving Pablo (2018), opposite Javier Bardem.

In July 2010, Cruz married fellow Oscar winner Javier Bardem after two years of dating. Their son, Leo Encinas Bardem, was born January 22, 2011. She has been an avid supporter of several different campaigns and charities and in 2012, she posed for an ad supporting PETA's anti-fur efforts.


Loving Pablo (2018)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
The Queen of Spain (2017)
ma ma (2016)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
ma ma (2015)
Twice Born (2014)
The Counselor (2013)
I'm So Excited! (2013)
To Rome with Love (2012)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Nine (2009)
G-Force (2009) (voice)
Los abrazos rotos/Broken Embraces (2009)
G-Force (2009)(voice)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Elegy (2008)
The Good Night (2007)
Manolete (2006)
The Good Night (2006)
Volver (2006)
Bandidas (2006)
Chromophobia (2005)
Sahara (2005)
Head in the Clouds (2004)
Noel (2004)
Gothika (2003)
Fanfan la tulipe (2003)
Makes and Anonymous (2003)
Waking Up in Reno (2002)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Blow (2001)
All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Woman on Top (2000)
All About My Mother (1999)
Nada en la nevera (1998)
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
The Girl of Your Dreams (1998)
Talk of Angels (1998)
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998)
Don Juan (1998)
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Live Flesh (1998)
A Corner of Paradise (1997)
Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health (1996)
Not Love, Just Frenzy (1996)
Celestina, La (1996)
Brujas (1996)
Entre rojas (1994)
It's All Lies (1994)
Alegre ma non troppo (1994)
For Love, Only for Love (1993)
The Rebel (1993)
Ham Ham (1992)
The Age of Beauty (1992)
The Greek Labyrinth (1991)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor Everybody Knows (2019)
Actor Pain and Glory (2019)
Actor ma ma (2016)
Actor Zoolander 2 (2016)
Actor The Counselor (2013)
Actor I'm So Excited! (2013)
Actor To Rome With Love (2012)
Actor Broken Embraces (2009)
Actor G-Force (2009)
Actor Nine (2009) Actress in a Supporting Role Nominee
Actor Elegy (2008)
Actor The Good Night (2008)
Actor Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Actress in a Supporting Role Winner
Actor Bandidas (2006)
Actor Volver (2006) Actress in a Leading Role Nominee
Actor Don't Move (2005)
Actor Sahara (2005) (2005)
Actor Fanfan la Tulipe (2003)
Actor Gothika (2003)
Actor Blow (2001)
Actor Vanilla Sky (2001)
Actor Woman On Top (2000)
Actor Talk Of Angels (1998)