About Penelope Cruz:
Penelope Cruz Sanchez was born on April 28, 1974, in
.She has worked closely with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who directed her in "Broken Embraces," "Volver," and "All About My Mother. Madrid, Spain
She displayed a proclivity for performance while she was still in diapers, as she would often entertain her family members by re-enacting popular TV commercials. She eventually transferred this enthusiasm to the world of dance, and she subsequently studied classical ballet for nine years at
’s prestigious National Conservatory. Penelope Cruz seemed well on her way towards a career as a dancer, though there did come a point at which she was unexpectedly bitten by the acting bug. Spain
While that appearance hardly brought her visibility, Penelope Cruz’s first film role in 1992’s Jamon, jamon brought her to the attention of movie fans across the globe. The film, which co-stars Javier Bardem and was nominated for several Goya Awards, transformed Penelope Cruz into a sex symbol virtually overnight, while her starring role in the critically-acclaimed Belle epoque only cemented her status as one of Spain’s most intriguing up-and-coming performers.