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Penélope Cruz

Born Apr 28, 1974

Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress. 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.… Read More

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1974 Birth Born on April 28, 1974.


1989 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, at the age of 15, Cruz won an audition at a talent agency over more than 300 other girls. … Read More
1990 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 18 Years Old In 1992, Cruz made her feature film debut at 18 as the lead female role in the comedy drama art house film, Jamón, jamón. … Read More
1993 19 Years Old …  From 1993 to 1996, Cruz appeared in ten Spanish and Italian films. … Read More


Cruz's agent is Hylda Queally, shared with Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. In 1997, Cruz appeared in the Spanish comedy film Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health. … Read More
1998 - 2000 4 More Events
2001 marked a turning point year when Cruz starred in the feature films Vanilla Sky and Blow. … Read More
2002 28 Years Old In 2002, she had a minor role in Waking Up in Reno. … Read More
2003 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Cruz's performance in Fanfan la Tulipe, also in 2003, was not well received, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian commenting that Cruz "deserves a special Cannes Razzie for a performance of purest teak".


2004 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Cruz appeared in the Christmas film Noel as Nina, the girlfriend of Paul Walker's character and as Mia in the romantic drama, Head in the Clouds, set in the 1930s. … Read More
In 2005, Cruz appeared as Dr. Eva Rojas in the action adventure Sahara. She earned $1.6 million for her supporting role. The film grossed $110 million worldwide but did not recoup its $160 million budget. Moviefone dubbed the film "one of the most famous flops in history" and in 2007, listed it at 24 on its list of "Biggest Box-Office Turkeys of All Time". … Read More
Cruz appeared alongside her good friend Salma Hayek in the 2006 Western comedy film, Bandidas. … Read More
In 2007, Cruz appeared in the lead female role in Manolete, a biopic of bullfighter Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, playing Antoñita "Lupe" Sino. … Read More
2008 34 Years Old Cruz was also ranked on Askmen.com's Most Desirable Women of 2008 at No. 26, in 2009 at No. 25, and in 2010 at No. 7.
In April 2010, she replaced Kate Winslet as the new face and ambassador of Lancôme's Trésor fragrance. Lancôme has signed Cruz as the brand's third superstar spokesmodel, along with Julia Roberts and Winslet. The campaign was shot by Mario Testino at Paris's Hotel de Crillon and debuted in the fall 2010.
She spoke Italian again, this time as a prostitute in Woody Allen's 2012 film To Rome with Love and she is set to reunite with Italian director Sergio Castellitto in his war tale Twice Born (Venuto al Mondo) as Gemma. … Read More


2014 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Esquire named her the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2014.
2015 41 Years Old Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, the daughter of Encarna (née Sánchez), a hairdresser and personal manager, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic. Her father Eduardo died at his home in Spain in 2015 at the age 62, of a heart attack (myocardial infarction). … Read More
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