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Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
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Woman On Top, Vanilla Sky, Volver and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
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Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974), better known as Penélope Cruz, is an Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning, Spanish actress. She gathered critical acclaim as a young actress for films such as Jamón, Jamón, La Niña de tus ojos and Belle époque. She has also starred in several American films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Bandidas.
Cruz has been awarded three Goyas, two European Film Awards, the Coppa Volpi and a BAFTA. She is the first Spanish actress ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Pedro Almodóvar`s 2006 Spanish film Volver. In 2009 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Woody Allen`s film Vicky Cristina Barcelona and on 8th February 2009 she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress
Cruz was born in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, the daughter of Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser and personal manager, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic. 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.
Cruz first achieved fame when she appeared in naughty video clip La fuerza del destinofor the Spanish synthpop group Mecano. She later started a relationship with Nacho Cano, a member of the group A TV presenter for the teen-oriented program La Quinta Marcha, she also had early exposure in Série Rose, French erotic TV serial. In one episode she played the role of a blind prostitute and in another played a young noble woman pretending to be a young nobleman in a comedy of errors. She also directed Nacho Cano`s video of "El waltz de los locos", in 1994.
Cruz`s first major films were Jamón, jamón and Belle Époque, a film which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film. In 1997, she starred as Sofía Pangia, alongside Eduardo Noriega in Abre los ojos, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, while in 1999 she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar`s Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother), which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film. In 2000 she appeared with Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses.
For Cruz, the early 2000s were a period of mediocre reviews and mixed commercial success. In late 2001, she appeared in the film Vanilla Sky, the Hollywood remake of Abre los ojos. Cruz co-starred with her best friend, Salma Hayek in the 2006 film, Bandidas. In 2006, Cruz received highly favourable reviews for her performance in Pedro Almodóvar`s Volver. She won a Best Actress ensemble award at the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award. She is the first Spanish Actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
In May 2007, it was announced that Penelope and her sister Mónica would be designing a 25-piece collection for the Barcelona-based fashion chain, Mango. On July 7, 2007, Cruz presented at Live Earth. In late 2007, she starred in the Jaume de Laiguana-directed video for her brother`s first single, named "Cosas que contar", along with her friend Mía Maestro and her sister Mónica. Cruz had previously shown a keen interest in fashion and is a model for L`Oreal and its "Telescopic" mascara. In July 2007, the British Advertising Standards Authority rapped L`Oréal for a television advert on its “Telescopic” mascara, featuring Penélope Cruz, for failing to state that the model was wearing false eyelashes.
In 2008, she starred in Woody Allen`s Vicky Cristina Barcelona as María Elena, Javier Bardem`s mentally-unstable ex-wife. Her performance has received much praise, and many critics are also predicting she might win an Oscar for this role.
Penélope Cruz is nominated in January 2009 in the Best Supporting Actress category. She has been named as a candidate for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in the latest Woody Allen picture, ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’. She is the only Spanish nominee this year, and it is her second nomination following Volver in 2006.
Cruz has a younger brother, Eduardo, a singer, and a younger sister, Mónica, who closely resembles her: a similarity exploited for some Spanish TV ads. In the 2000s, Mónica left her dancing career and achieved note on her own in the youth-oriented TV series Un Paso Adelante.
Cruz claims to be a vegetarian since 2000, though this fact is disputed. She speaks four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and
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Conservatorio Nacional (9 years classic ballet), Spanish ballet (3 years), Jazz Dance Course
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Penélope Cruz Sánchez
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Lancôme (Trésor fragrance) 
Eduardo Cruz (auto mechanic)
Encarna Sánchez (hairdresser)
Eduardo Cruz (musician)
Monica Cruz (dancer)
Goya Toledo (actress), Salma Hayek (actress), John Galliano (fashion designer)
Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974) is a Spanish actress and model. 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 the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Blow.
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Artmédia, Untitled Entertainment, Entertainment Booking Agency
(2001-02) TV commercial: Ralph Lauren Glamourous, (2002) TV commercials (Japan) Lux Super Rich, (2003) TV commercial: Coca-Cola, (2005) TV commercial (PSA): The ONE Campaign [www.one.org], Print ad: "Sean by Sean Combs" clothing line (by Sean Combs), (1994) TV commercial: Freixenet cava, (2001) TV commercial: "Freixenet" cava, (2006-07) Print ads: L'Oreal Paris' Natural Match Color-Calibrated Creme hair color, (2006) Print ad: L'Oréal Elvital, (2007) Print ads: L'Oreal Paris' Endless 8-Hour Lipcolour, (2007-08) Print ads: L'Oreal Paris' Telescopic Mascara, (2007-08) Print ads: L'Oreal Paris' Bare Naturale gentle mineral makeup collection, (2007) Print ads: L'Oreal Paris' Dermo Expertise line of skin care products, (2008) Print ad: "L'Oreal Elnett Satin" hairspray, (2008-09) Prints ad: L'Oreal Paris' Vive Pro hydra gloss shampoo & conditioner, (2009) TV commercial: "Loreal" hairspray, (2010,2012) Print ad: Tresor perfume by Lancome, (2012) TV commercial for Nespresso, (2012) TV commercial: New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012) (VG), (November 2013) TV commercial "Who Else?" for Nespresso
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