Seductive Penelope Cruz

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Sexy and seductive, Hollywood actress Penélope Cruz Sanchez was born on April 28, 1974 in San Sebastain de los Reyes, Madrid, Spain.

In 1992, she made her film debut in the dark film, Jamón Jamón. With an impressive apprenticeship to the craft of movies, Cruz earned her place in Spanish cinema as a popular actress and became one of Spain’s foremost leading ladies of the 1990′s.

She’s made a dynamic leap from European actress to Hollywood superstar – but for Penelope Cruz the sudden rise to fame and fortune hasn’t come without a price.

“The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman.”

Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruz starred in the film, Vanilla Sky (2001). The movie helped make Cruz a crossover success.

The exquisitely beautiful Spanish star became romantically involved with Tom Cruise, but was accused of breaking up his marriage with Nicole Kidman. Their relationship ended after nearly four years.

“I am amazed about how everyone wants to know about my love life. They whisper to me, ‘Tell me the truth? Is it true?’ Who cares? Because we have this job, we are to say to everybody what we do, or with whom we sleep? It’s a bit absurd, but that’s why everybody.”

In early 2009, Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her supporting role in the Woody Allen movie, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. “Has anybody ever fainted here?” Cruz comments at the podium while accepting her Academy Award. “Because I may be the first one.”

In late 2009, Penelope Cruz starred in “Nine” along with a star studded cast including – Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, and Sophia Loren.

Busy in 2009, Penelope also stars in “Broken Embraces”, a movie mix of melodrama, mystery, and dark comedy.