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Penélope Cruz Sánchez, nicknamed simply Pe, is a Spanish actress. She was born April 28, 1974 in Madrid and named after a song by Joan Manuel Serrat by her parents Eduardo, a retailer, and Encarna, a hairdresser. Cruz was a dancer as a child and young teen. She completed 2º B.U.P. (2nd year of secondary school), but dropped school at the age of 15 after she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition. She received nine years of classic ballet training at the Conservatorio Nacional in Madrid, four years of dance performance with several dance courses at the Cristina Rota School in New York, and three years of Spanish Ballet with Ángela Garrido. She also had Jazz Dance courses with Raúl Caballero.

She first achieved fame when she appeared in the video clip La fuerza del destino for the Spanish synth-pop group Mecano. She then started a relationship with Nacho Cano, a member of the group, which lasted for several years.

She was a TV presenter for the teen-oriented program La Quinta Marcha, in collaboration with Jesús Vázquez.

Cruz's first major films were Jamón, Jamón and the more widely known (in the US) La Belle Époque (film), a film which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

She also appeared with Matt Damon in All The Pretty Horses.

In 1999, she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

In early 2001, she appeared in the film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, which sparked a three-year relationship with the actor.

Her younger sister Mónica Cruz closely resembles her, a similarity exploited for some Spanish TV ads. In the 2000s, Mónica left her dancing career and achieved fame on her own in the youth-oriented TV series Un Paso Adelante.

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Partial filmography

Herself - filmography

  • In Search of Ted Demme (2005) (pre-production) .... Herself
  • The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Co-presenter: Best Sound, Best Sound Editing
  • The 47th Annual Grammy Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself
  • XIX premios Goya (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Picture & Nominee: Best Lead Actress
  • The 2004 European Film Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself
  • Women on Top: Hollywood and Power (2003) (TV) .... Herself
  • XVII premios Goya (2003) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Film
  • 'Masked & Anonymous' Exposed (2003) (V) .... Herself
  • Hitting It Hard (2002) (V) .... Herself
  • Prelude to a Dream (2002) (V) .... Herself
  • Paul McCartney Back in the U.S. (2002) (TV) .... Herself (thanks)
  • All About Desire: The Passionate Cinema of Pedro Almodovar (2001) (TV) (aka All About Desire) (UK: short title)
  • America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV) .... Herself
  • The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
  • Italian Soldiers (2001) .... Herself (aka Spaghetti Requiem)) (USA)
  • 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
  • The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film

Accolades

ALMA Awards

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

David di Donatello Awards

European Film Awards

for: Fanfan la tulipe (2003)

Fotogramas de Plata

Goya Awards

Imagen Foundation Awards

MTV Movie Awards

Ondas Awards

Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival

Razzie Awards

Spanish Actors Union

External links

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