Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress. At 15, Penelope Cruz was signed by an agent. She made her acting debut at 16 on television, and her feature film debut the following year. Penelope Cruz achieved recognition for her roles in Vanilla Sky and Blow. Both films were released in 2001 and were commercially successful.
Penelope Cruz most notable films to date are Volver, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award.
Penelope Cruz has modeled for companies such as Mango, Ralph Lauren and L`Oréal. She and her younger sister Monica have designed items for Mango. She has donated time and money to charities. Penelope Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India.
Penelope Cruz began dating Javier Bardem in 2007. They married in July 2010 in a private ceremony at a friend`s home in the Bahamas. She gave birth to her first child, a boy named Leo, on January 22, 2011.