Oscar Actors: Cruz, Penelope–Background, Career, Awards, Cumulative Advantage

Penélope Cruz Career Summary

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born 28 April 1974) is an award-winning Spanish actress and model.

Feature Debut:

Signed by an agent at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on TV, and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón Jamón (1992).

Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Belle Époque (1992), Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000), and Woman on Top (2000).

Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Blow.

She has since appeared in many films, including the comedy Waking Up in Reno (2002), the thriller Gothika (2003), the Christmas film Noel (2004), the action-adventure films Sahara (2005) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), the romantic comedy To Rome with Love (2012), the crime drama The Counselor (2013), and the mystery film Murder on the Orient Express (2017).

Oscar Record

She has three Academy Award nominations, and one win.

She was praised for her roles in Volver (2006) and Nine (2009), receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for each. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2008 for playing volatile painter María Elena in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

She is the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar, as well as the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Emmy Nomination

In 2018, Cruz made her American TV debut as Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace in the FX series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Cruz has modelled for Mango, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and L’Oréal, and along with her younger sister Mónica Cruz, has designed clothing for Mango. Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India, where she spent one week working with Mother Teresa; she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the late nun’s mission.