Penélope Cruz

Born April 28, 1974, in Madrid, Spain, Penélope Cruz began reenacting TV commercials when she was a toddler and studied classical ballet during her youth. Her big break came at age 15 when she beat out hundreds of girls at a talent agency audition.

Cruz captured audiences' attention with her roles in Jamón, Jamón and Belle Epoque (both 1992). In 1999, her work with director Pedro Almodóvar in All About My Mother brought the actress worldwide recognition.

Fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and English, Cruz continues to work in American and international productions, appearing in such films as All the Pretty Horses (2000) and Vanilla Sky (2001). Her turn in Volver (2006) brought an Oscar nod, and she took home the statue two years later for her supporting performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Cruz added Golden Globe and Oscar nominations to her résumé for her role in the 2009 musical Nine.