Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Updated: 2009-10-29 13:45

Penelope Cruz

Alternate Names: Penelope Cruz | Penelope Cruz Sanchez | Penelope Cruz Sánchez | Penélope Cruz Sánchez

Date of Birth: April 28th. 1974

Birth Place: Alcobendas, Community of Madrid, Spain

Awards: Cruz has been awarded three Goyas, two European Film Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Goya, and a BAFTA for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She is Spain's first female Oscar winner and also becomes the sixth Hispanic person to win an Oscar.

Father: Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser and personal manager.

Mother: Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic.

Schooling: As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement. Initially, Cruz decided to focus on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. She received three years of Spanish Ballet training with Ángela Garrido. She also had jazz dance training with Raúl Caballero and studied at Cristina Rota (mother of Juan Diego Botto) school in Madrid. At 15, however, she followed another calling after beating more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition.

Start of career: Cruz first achieved fame when she appeared in the video for "La fuerza del destino" for the Spanish synthpop group Mecano.


1992 Jamón, jamón

1993 For Love, Only for Love

     The Greek Labyrinth

     The Rebel

1994 Alegre ma non troppo

     Todo es mentira

1995 Entre rojas

     El Efecto mariposa

1996 La Celestina 


1997 Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health

     Open Your Eyes

     Live Flesh

1998 The Girl of Your Dreams

1999 All About My Mother

2000 All the Pretty Horses

     Woman on Top

2001 Blow

     Don't Tempt Me

     Captain Corelli's Mandolin

     Vanilla Sky

2002 Waking up in Reno

2003 Fanfan la tulipe

2004 Head in the Clouds

     Don't Move

2005 Sahara 

2006 Chromophobia



2007 The Good Night

2008 Elegy

     Vicky Christina Barcelona

2009 G-Force (voice)

     Broken Embraces

     Nine    post-production

2010 Sex and the City