Penélope Cruz rose from a working-class background in Spain to Hollywood super-stardom in America. She has graced the silver screen for well over two decades, starring in films such as Sahara and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Ties.
Did I mention that Ms. Cruz is also an Academy Award winning actress? In 2008, she took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her roles in Nine and Volver.
But Penélope first flirted with fame way back in 1992 with the film Jamón, jamón. This film introduced the world to the 18-year-old Cruz, who wasn’t against going topless to wow fans and critics alike.
Penélope Cruz is a powerhouse in the film industry. A unique skill set and unmatched beauty propelled Penélope to worldwide recognition. Her story spells out the American Dream; her mom was a hairdresser and her father was a mechanic, but their daughter is an Academy Award winner. That small-town girl from Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain made it big in America.