Penelope Cruz Sanchez who is professionally called as Penelope Cruz is a Spanish model and actress and was born on April 28, 1974 in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. She made her first acting debut at the age of 16 after getting signed by an agent at the age of 15. Her first movie was Jamon , Jamon in the year 1992. She also did many roles in between 1990s and 2000s like The Girls of Your Dreams, Open Your Eyes, Blow, etc.
she acted in different generic movies like comedy, thriller, action, adventure and others. She received critical acclamation for her role in Volver in the year 2006 and Nine in the year 2009. She won Golden Globe Award for each of the movies. Soon she became a very popular actress and you can see Penelope Cruz bikini images all over the internet.
She also played the role of Maria Elena in the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the year 2008. In the history of Academy Award, she was the first Spanish actress to receive the award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Apart from acting, Cruz also modeled for many big brands like Mango, L’Oreal and Ralph Lauren. Penelope also has a younger sister named Monica Cruz and they together designed clothing for Mango. She also volunteered in India and Uganda for campaigns with Mother Teresa for one week.
She also donated her salary which she got from The Hi-Lo Country to support the nun’s mission. Her faith is Roman Catholic and she also has a paternal half-sister name Salma. Cruz says that while playing with her friends as a child, she used to think of a character and then she would pretend to be the same and would act like that. During her initial days, Cruz focused on dance and also attended classical ballet classes for nine years at the Spain’s National Conservatory.
She got trained in Spanish classical ballet for three years and theatre at Cristina Rota’s New York school for four years. She credits ballet for her disciplined acting career. After becoming a Cinephile, she was given a Betamax machine by her father which was a very rare thing to own in the entire neighborhood. After seeing the movie Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, she developed interest in acting.