Mon, Sep 25, 2023

Penélope Cruz Wins Top Film Award 2022

Penélope Cruz with husband and legendary actor Javier Bardem
Penélope Cruz with husband and legendary actor Javier Bardem
Penélope Cruz with husband and legendary actor Javier Bardem

She visits Ireland regularly, loves a glass of Guinness and has a close circle of Irish friends, including Bono and Ali Hewson.

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Madrid born Penélope Cruz Sánchez had been lighting up the big screen since she was seventeen when she appeared alongside her husband Javier Bardem in the classic Spanish movie Jamón, jamón (1992).

Trained in classical ballet, Penelope appeared in several emblematic and internationally acclaimed films throughout the 1990s, which led to a resurgence of Spanish cinema.

Her Hollywood acting career began with titles such as All the Pretty Horses (2000), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) and Vanilla Sky (2001), a remake of Open Your Eyes with Tom Cruise.

In 2008 she starred alongside Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall in the Woody Allen film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona', shot in Avilés, Oviedo and Barcelona. Grossing more than $91 million at the box office, the film received praise from critics, particularly for Penelope Cruz's performance, and was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, and Cruz won both the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

In 2009, Penélope Cruz joined the cast of the film adaptation of the musical 'Nine' and worked on the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. Other award-winning performances include Volver (2016) and Parallel Mothers (2021).

Today the Madrilenian is prominent in advertising and fashion collaborations; she has been the inspiration for many renowned couturiers, including Karl Lagerfeld. Cruz has modelled for L'Oréal and Ralph Lauren and has been a Chanel ambassador since 2018. Together with her younger sister Mónica Cruz, she has designed clothing for fashion outlet Mango.

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