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Penelope Cruz

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation: [peˈnelope kruθ ˈsantʃeθ]; 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 and Blow.

She has since built a successful career, appearing in films from a range of genres, including the comedy Waking Up in Reno (2002), the thriller Gothika (2003), the Christmas movie Noel (2004), and the action adventure Sahara (2005). She has received critical acclaim for her roles in Volver (2006) and Nine (2009) receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for each. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cruz has modeled for companies such as Mango, Ralph Lauren and L'Oréal. Penélope and her younger sister Mónica Cruz have designed items for Mango. She has donated both her time and money to charities. Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India, where she spent one week working for Mother Teresa; she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the late nun's mission. A wax sculpture of Cruz will be placed in a premier spot in the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris.

Cruz is a friend of director Pedro Almodóvar, whom she has known for more than two decades and with whom she has worked on films. Cruz is known to friends as Pe. Cruz owns a clothing store in Madrid and designed jewelry and handbags with her younger sister for a company in Japan.

Cruz had a three-year relationship with Tom Cruise after they appeared together in Vanilla Sky. It ended in January 2004. In April 2003, she filed a lawsuit against the Australian magazine New Idea for defamation over an article about her relationship with Cruise. Her lawyers claimed that "the proceedings state that the article contains a number of false and defamatory statements concerning Ms. Cruz" and she is seeking "substantial damages and is confident that legal proceedings will vindicate her reputation".

In April 2007, Cruz told the Spanish edition of Marie Claire that she would like to adopt children.

In 2007, Cruz began dating Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who was her co-star in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. They married in early July 2010 in a private ceremony at a friend's home in The Bahamas. Cruz gave birth to their first child, son Leonardo Encinas, in January 2011 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. In February 2013, it was announced that Cruz is pregnant with the couple's second child. 

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz backless

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz in bikini

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz in bikini

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model

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