Penelope Cruz was born April 28, 1974 in Madrid, in the family of a merchant and a hairdresser. C early age the girl was fond of dancing, and later admitted to the Spanish National Conservatory, where she studied classical ballet.
With 15 years Penelope starred in music videos and television series. In 1991 she made her debut on the big screen in the film "The Greek Labyrinth". In 1993, already played first major role - in the film "Rebel". Then, still had the picture "It's funny, but not very," "That's a lie," and others. But the famous Spanish beauty was only in 1997. Then she starred in a small but memorable role in Pedro Almodovar film "Live Flesh". It Almodovar became the "godfather" of Cruz in the movie, and it is - one of his finest music.
Also in 1997 came the film "Open your eyes" with Penelope starring. And next year she became involved in international projects - the film "Don Juan" by Jacques Weber, as well as "The Man with Rain in His Shoes". In 1999, Penelope again became the heroine of Almodovar, starring in his film "All About My Mother," award-winning "Oscar" for best foreign film.
After she began to slowly but surely conquer Hollywood. It is not always lucky - for example, for his role in "Blow" Cruz was nominated for a "Razzie". About Spanish film actress too, do not forget - for example, appeared in a bright ribbon "do not tempt me." Successful projects in the US Cruz's career began in the 2000s - is the movie "Untamed Heart," "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" and "Vanilla Sky," Cameron Crowe.
On the set of "Vanilla Sky" Penelope met with Tom Cruise. Later Tom divorced his wife Nicole Kidman and three years met with Cruz. However, the long-awaited wedding did not happen - Tom married Katie Holmes and Penelope tighter took for his own career. For example, in 2004, she got a role in the most beautiful film "Head in the Clouds," where she played a lame Spanish dancer.
Intelligent movies easily replaced in a career Cruz Action & Adventure. In 2005, she played a leading role in the film "Sahara", along with her boyfriend Matthew McConaughey, and in 2006, together with her friend Salma Hayek in the film "Bandidas".
In 2006, Cruz received one of the most prestigious awards - the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She went to her (and the other two actresses of the film) for her role in Almodovar's film "The Return".
One of the most successful in the work of Penelope became the year 2008 - she starred in two films interesting. The first - "Elegy" - the history of relations between the professor and the young Cuban, at first glance seemingly pure being. Second - sensational Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". Her impulsive actress Maria Elena brought the long-awaited "Oscar" (Penelope won in the category "Best Supporting Actress"). In this award-nominated actress and the next year - for his work in the musical "Nine".
Also in 2009, rolling out another joint creation of Pedro Almodovar and Penelope - the drama "Broken Embraces", nominated for the "Palme d'Or", "Golden Globe" and a BAFTA.
In addition to the core business, Pe also model - to Scarlett Johansson, it was the face of Mango.
As for his personal life, that Penelope Cruz has long been linked romantically involved with the Spanish actor Javier Bardem.