In the Western comedy Penelope Cruz (born: 1974) plays the role of Maria Alvarez together with her Mexican Latin collegue Salma Hayek ("From dusk till dawn"). As "bandidas" they rob banks and they use the stolen money to help poor peasants.
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In Cannes the Spanish Star director Pedro Almodovar introduced his new drama movie "Volver" ("To return"). He wrote Penelope's (photo left) role of Raimunda in tribute to women like Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. In the movie her sister (Lola Duenas) is making a living as a hairdresser just like her real mother.
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Privately the Spanish Penelope had a relationship with Tom Cruise. To reporters at the London premiere of "Volver" she said: " I met Suri. She is really beautiful. She is really special."
In her last action adventure movie "Sahara" Cruz co-starred with Matthew McConaughey (born: 1969, photo right). They fell in love on the set and at the end of 2006 the Spanish American couple decided to end their relationship.
Shortly before, over the Christmas holiday week in Costa Rica the sporty actor broke his collarbone while surfing.
Penelope Cruz spent nine years to study classical dance at the Spanish National Conservatory. At the age of 15 she beat off the 300-strong competition at an agency audition and became a part-time fashion model. She also starred in Spanish television shows and music videos.
In 1991 her movie career started off playing her first role in the movie "El Laberinto griego" (The Greek Labyrinth). Her next thriller movie was called "Framed." In her third movie she had a starring role in the Oscar-winning film "Belle époque" (1992).
"Carne trémula" (1997) (Live Flesh) offered Penelope the chance to her international break through. She started to work with the famous Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar and she played the leading part in the Mystery movie "Abre los ojos" ("Open your eyes" in 1997) which was a big hit in Spain.
In 2001 she performed in "Vanilla Sky" with Tom Cruise. Her next project was "Woman on Top" (2000). In 1999 she also starred together with Matt Damon in Billy Bob Thornton's "All the Pretty Horses" and in 2001 with Johnny Depp in the drama "Blow." In 2005 she also acted in the thriller "Sahara" together with Matthew McConaughey.
The Spanish actress coloured her hair blonde for a Coca Cola commercial she had blonde highlights. (photo left).
Penelope Cruz´s long haired look-alike younger sister Monica is a professional flamenco dancer and television Star.
In 2002 she had her break through in the Spanish television serie 'Un paso adelante' ("A step ahead"). It is very famous in Spain, France and Latin America.
Monica (born: 1977) has danced in the flamenco dancer Joaquín Cortés's dance company.
She has never been jealous of her older famous Hollywood sister.
"When I am together with Pe (Penelope's nickname) we never talk about our jobs and to see her happy is the only thing that matters to me" Monica said in an interview.
Her big dream is to play a role in a big movie dance drama lik "Dirty Dancing" with Patrick Swayze.