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Penelope Cruz biography

"I love Salma Hayek, we've been friends for a really long time. i admire how she has come such a long way and always remained grounded and who she is. She never compromises to follow her vision and she is loyal. Such qualities only mark the great stars."

Penelope Cruz became very popular when she played the role of motion-sick heroine in the 1999'f film Woman on Top. She also appeared in a Oscar winning film Belle Epoque (1992) and worked two times with the famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar on Live Flesh (1998) and All About My Mother (1999).

Penelope Cruz was born on 28th April 1974 in Madrid, Spain. She is 5'6" tall. She finished her secondary studies and completed 9 years of classical ballet, 3 years of Spanish ballet and 4 years of theater under directions of Cristina Rota in New York. She was one of the three children of a retailer and a hairdresser. She was named due to the inspiration of a Joan Manuel Serrat song.

She lived with Spanish pop music group called Mecano and appeared in their video clip La fuerza del destino. She was romantically linked with a member of group, nacho Cano. She was a TV presenter for the teen-oriented program La Quinta Marcha, in collaboration with Jesus Vazquez.

Penelope Cruz's first major films were Jamon, Jamon and the more widely known (in the US) Belle Epoque. In 1997, she starred as Sofía alongside Eduardo Noriega in Abre los Ojos, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, and in 2000 she appeared with Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses. In 1999, she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre, which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

In early 2001, she appeared in the film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, which sparked a three-year romantic relationship with the actor. Vanilla Sky was the Hollywood remake of Abre los Ojos ("Open Your Eyes"), and she played the same part in both films.

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