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Penélope Cruz Biography

Birth Name:
Penélope Cruz Sánchez
Birth Place:
Madrid, Spain
Profession
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • Parents named her after the song "Penelope," by famed Spanish singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat
  • Studied ballet at Spain's Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid
  • Is expert at cutting and coloring hair, skills acquired in her mother's hairdressing salon
  • Volunteered at Mother Theresa's mission in Calcutta in the mid-1990s
  • Donated her salary from the film The Hi-Lo Country to the late nun's children's charity
  • Won a Goya, the Spanish Oscar, for the 1999 film The Girl of Your Dreams and Italy's highest film honor, the David di Donatello, for 2004's Don't Move

Awards

  • 2020Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2019Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: nominated
  • 2018Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2017Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2016Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2013Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2008Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008New York Film Critics Online-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2008Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2008Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2008Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2007BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: winner
  • 2006Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Cannes Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Actress - Drama: nominated
  • 2004European Film Awards-European Actress: nominated
  • 2004David di Donatello Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1999Goya Awards-Best Leading Actress: winner

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