Penelope Cruz is a Spanish model and actress, who signed with a modelling agency at age 15. By 16 she was acting and at age 18 she made her big screen debut in the critically acclaimed Jamón, jamón, starring opposite Javier Bardem.
She has appeared in numerous Spanish and English language films but it was her performance in 2000’s Vanilla Sky opposite Tom Cruise which gained Penelope international stardom.
Penelope garnered her first Academy Award in 2008 for Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, becoming thethe first Spanish actress to ever win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
The actress has been the face L’Oreal, Mango and Ralph Lauren, and once guest-edited French Vogue magazine.
In 2007 she began dating her Jamón, jamón co-star Javier Bardem, and the pair married in a private ceremony in the Bahamas in 2010. She is now the mother of a son and a daughter.