Spanish model and actress Penélope Cruz Sánchez, started her career at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television. Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Blow. She was praised for her roles in Volver (2006) and Nine (2009), receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for each.
She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for playing volatile painter María Elena in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She is the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award, as well as the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cruz has modelled for several major brands like - Mango, Ralph Lauren and L'Oréal, and along with her younger sister Mónica Cruz, who has designed the clothing for Mango.
Born on: 28 April, 1974
Born in: Madrid, Spain
Height: 5' 6"
Nickname(s): Madonna of Madrid Pe