Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28,
1974) is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at age
15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her
feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to
critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s
included 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 and Blow.
Cruz has modeled for companies such as
Mango, Ralph Lauren and L'Oréal. Penélope and her younger sister
Mónica Cruz have designed items for Mango. She has donated both
her time and money to charities. Cruz has volunteered in Uganda
and India, where she spent one week working for Mother Teresa;
she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the
late nun's mission. A wax sculpture of Cruz will be placed in a
premier spot in the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris.
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