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Penelope Cruz Biography

Penelope Cruz
  • Age: 43 years old
  • Birth Nation: Spain
  • Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
  • Name: Penelope Cruz
  • Birth Name: Penélope Cruz Sánchez
  • Father: Eduardo
  • Mother: Encarna
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Birth Place/City: Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
  • Ethnicity: Spanish
  • Profession: Acting, Modelling
  • Net Worth: $55 Million USD
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Face Color: White
  • Body Measurements: 34-27-32(Bust-Waist-Hip)
  • Breast Size: 34 in
  • Waist size: 27 in
  • Hip Size: 32 in
  • Neck Size: 9.2
  • Shoe Size: 8
  • Weight in KG: 57.6 kg
  • Famous for: Her Roles in Vanilla Sky and Blow
  • Affair with: Tom Cruise
  • Married: Married
  • Married to: Javier Barden.
  • Children: 2(Son Leonard and Daughter Luna)
  • Divorce: Not Divorced
  • Education: Spain’s National Conservatory
  • Awards: Oscar,BAFTA,Alma,Empire ,CEC award
  • Movies: Around 50 movies
  • Sisters: Monica Cruz
  • Siblings: 1
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Born, birth

 Penelope Cruz as we know was born as Penelope Cruz Sanchez on April 28, 1974. She was born in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain.

Father, Mother, brothers, sisters& Childhood

Cruz was born to her parents Encarna Sanchez and Eduardo Cruz. Encarna was a hairdresser and personal manager and Eduardo was a retailer and an auto mechanic. She was brought up Roman Catholic. Of the three children born to her parents, Penelope is the oldest. Her younger brother Eduardo is singer while her younger sister Monica is an actress. She describes her childhood as being happy and simple. Cruz focused on dancing in her childhood and had never thought of becoming an actor.

School, College

Cruz Studied at Spain’s National Conservatory. She studied classical ballet there. At Cristina Rota’s in New York School, she trained for three years in Spanish ballet and four years in theater.


She began having an interest in acting when she was a teenager. Her acting dream came alive when she won an audition over more than three hundred other girls at a talent agency in 1989. In the same year that would also be her 15th year she did her acting debut in the music video of the asong “La Fuerza del Destino” by the Spanish pop group Mecano. She hosted the talk show La Quinta Marcha on Spanish TV channel Telecinco. Cruz  hosted the program between 1990 to 1997. In the French TV series Serie rose in 1991 she appeared completely naked. She debut in feature film at the age of 18 in 1992. The film was called Jamon, Jamon and she appeared topless in the movie. The film got warm reviews. That same year she worked in another film called Belle Epoque. She was considered as a versatile actress after this film. By the time she was 20, Penelope had moved to New York for two years to study ballet and learn English. Through the year 1997 to 200 she received some critical acclaim. In 1997 she was seen playing Diana in the Spanish comedy movie Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health. She closed the year with the sci-fi movie Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). The movie got positive reviews. Some of her other works of the time were, The Hi-Lo Country, The Girl of Your Dreams, All About My mother, Woman on Top and All the Pretty Horses. She established herself as an actress through this time mostly getting good reviews. She admitted on having problems at first because of her very limited knowledge of the English language.  From 2001 to 2005 she received major success. It was a breakthrough in her career. In 2001 she did films like Vanilla Sky, Blow, Don’tTempt Me and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.  In 2003 she did a horror movie called Gothika. The same year she did Fanfan Tulipe and the movie was not taken well. In 2004 she did films as Noel and Head in the Clouds. She gained critical acclaim for the latter.

She did an action adventure movie called Sahara in 2005 which turned out a big flop. Don’t Move was her last film of the year and it ended up doing good. From the year 2006 she became a worldwide sensation. That year she did western comedy film Bandidas which became a major hit. Some of her other movies till now are Manolete,  Volver,The Good Night, Elegy, The Dying Animal, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, G- Force , Broken Embraces, Sex and the City 2,  fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film etc.

Marriage, Affairs and personal life

Cruz married Spanish actor Javier Barden in early 2010. They began dating in 2007. She has two children with Javier. In 2011 she gave birth to their son Leonard and in 2013 they had a daughter Luna. She believes in breastfeeding and publicly advocates of the cause. She had a three year long relationship with actor Tom Cruise. The couple broke up in January 2004.

Nationality and Ethnicity

Cruz is Spanish.

Height, weight and age

She is 1.68 m tall and weighs 54 kg (even after having two kids!). Her body measurements are 34-27-35. In her early former years of acting she was taken as a sex symbol due to the erotic movies and scenes that she did. Even now she is known for her sex appeal. As of now she is 39 years old with two children but looks ravishingly hot.

Hot pictures

Her nude, semi-nude and very hot and sexy pictures can be easily found online.


In 2009 she won an Oscar for Best performance by an Actress on a supporting role for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She won a BAFTA award in same category, an Alma Award and BSFC for the same movie. Her other major awards were for movie Volver. She won a best actress in Cannes Film Festival for the movie. She got other awards like CEC, Empire awards etc for the movie. She also has got many other nominations and awards.

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