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 Penelope Cruz

 Penélope Cruz Sánchez

 Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile, young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters. First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films Jamon, Jamon and Belle Epoque, in 1998 she starred in her first English language film, Hi-Lo Country for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Penelope Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th Annual Goya Awards given by the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba’s “The Girl of Your Dreams.” Confirming her status as Spain’s hottest international actress, Penelope Cruz landed the coveted role opposite Matt Damon in the film adaptation of “All the Pretty Horses,” directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Next, she portrayed Isabella, in “Woman on Top” for Fox Searchlight. The film was a whimsical tale of a gifted gourmand who journeys across the world in search of success, but ultimately finds herself. Other featured credits include her starring role in the thriller “Open Your Eyes,” “Twice Upon a Yesterday,” Pedro Almovodar “Live Flesh” and “Talk of Angels.” Additionally, Penelope Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almovodar critically acclaimed “All About My Mother” which was awarded the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Up next for Penelope Cruz was New Line’s “Blow” for director Ted Demme. The film portrayed the true story of how cocaine became the designer drug in the U.S. in the early 70’s seen through the eyes of an American, played by Johnny Depp, who became one of the biggest traffickers for reputed drug kingpin Carlos Escobar. Penelope Cruz portrayed Depp’s wife. She next starred opposite Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale in “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” The film, directed by John Madden was shot in Greece and is based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set during WWII.Penelope Cruz next starred opposite Tom Cruise in the erotic thriller “Vanilla Sky”. The film also starred Cameron Diaz and Jason Lee and was directed by Cameron Crowe. She then tackled “Masked & Anonymous,” “Fan Fan la Tulipe, ” which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and “Don’t Tempt Me.” She received rave reviews for her eagerly awaited performance in “Don’t Move” (Non ti Muovere) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and European Film Award for Best Actress. Penelope’s next films only added to her already brilliant and diverse choice of film credits. Recent films include “Gothika,” in which she co-stared with Halle Berry and Robert Downy Jr; director John Duigan’s romantic drama “Head in the Clouds” opposite Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend; “Noel” opposite Susan Sarandon; and “Chromophobia” with Ralph Fiennes. Penelope also co-stared with Matthew McConaughey and William H. Macy as Dr. Eva Rojas in “Sahara,” an action packed film which opened this past spring. Penelope will next be seen in “Volver” which recently won her the Cannes Film Festival’s “Best Actress” award. This film once again teams Penelope up with director and friend Pedro Almodovar. Penelope recently completed filming on “The Good Night” written and directed by Jake Paltrow and “Manolet” costarring Adrien Brody.

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2007 Manolete of Menno Meyjes

2006 The Loop of S.R. Bindler

2006 The Good Night  of Jake Paltrow

2006 Volver of Pedro Almodóvar

2006 Bandidas of Joachim Roenning

2005 Chromophobia of Martha Fiennes

2004 Sahara  of Breck Eisner

2004 Noel of Chazz Palminteri

2004 Head in the Clouds of John Duigan

2004 Non ti muovere of Sergio Castellito

2003 Gothika of Mathieu Kassovitz

2003 Fanfan la tulipe of Gérard Krawczyk

2003 Masked and Anonymous of Larry Charles

2002 Waking Up in Reno

2001 Vanilla sky of Cameron Crowe



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