Penelope Cruz is a famous Spanish actress, born in 1974. Formerly a dancer, Cruz is also a philanthropist. He went to America to play in a TV series called Frame with the offer he received in 1993, after his first film, Jamon (1992), won an Oscar in the Foreign Language Film category.
Penelope Cruz Sánchez was born on April 28, 1974 in Madrid, Spain, the daughter of car mechanic Eduardo Cruz and hairdresser Encarna Sánchez. Influenced by Joan Manuel Serrat’s song of the same name, Cruz started dancing as a young girl. Chosen first among 300 girls in an aptitude test, she left the regular school at the age of 15 and began studying classical ballet at the Conservatorio Nacional. In addition to this nine-year education, she took dance courses for 4 years at Christina Rota School in New York and Spanish Ballet lessons for 3 years from Angela Garrido.
Cruz met fame for the first time after appearing in the La Fuerza Del Destino music video of the Spanish band Mecano, and became close with Nacho Cano, one of the band members at that time. He then hosted the youth program La Quinta Marcha. Jamon (1992), Cruz’s first film, won an Oscar for Foreign Language Film. Cruz, who also starred in Belle Epoque that same year, appeared in the 1997 Alejandro Amenabar film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), and then starred opposite Matt Damon in All The Pretty Horses. In 1999, he acted in Pedro Almodovar’s Todo Sobre Mi Madre, another film that won an Oscar for Foreign Language Film.
Penelope, who has a singer brother named Eduardo and a sister named Monica Cruz, who is a television star in Spain, has been a vegetarian since starring in the movie All the Pretty Horses. Speaking four languages, Spanish, Italian, French and English, Cruz learned Italian in 2004 for the role she so wanted to take in the movie Non Ti Muovere.
The famous actress, who spends a lot of money and time for charity, volunteered to spend two months in Uganda in 1997 with her lover at that time, Faiz Ahmad. Penelope Cruz, who had a three-year relationship with Tom Cruise after the 2001 film Vanilla Sky (remake of Abre Los Ojos), played the same role in both films. Most recently, Cruz, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival with the movie Volver, has many awards and nominations since 1993.
Matthew Mcconaughey and Penelope Cruz, who started dating after the movie Sahara they played together in February 2005, broke up in May 2006 after announcing to People Magazine that they were taking a break from their relationship.