Penelope Cruz Sanchez is a Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actress. She began her career as a dancer, moving on to Spanish television, and eventually transitioning to the big screen, with films in Spanish, English, Italian, and French.
Cruz?s first film successes came with “Jamon, jamon” (1992) and the Academy Award-winninig “Belle Epoque” (1992). In 1997, she starred in “Abre los Ojos,” a huge hit in Spain that was later remade as “Vanilla Sky” (2001), in which Cruz also starred, along with Tom Cruise. More success followed with the 1999 Academy Award-winning “All About My Mother,” directed by Pedro Almodovar, the 2000 “All the Pretty Horses,” where Cruz appeared alongside Matt Damon, “Woman on Top” (2000), “Blow” (2001), co-starring Johnny Depp, and the 2005 “Sahara,” where she appeared with Matthew McConaughey. Critical success came with Almodovar?s 2006 film “Volver,” for which Cruz won a Best Actress ensemble award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA Award, becoming the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.