Cruz at the 81st Academy Awards
|3 Nominations / 1 Win|
|Born||April 28, 1974|
Penélope Cruz 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. She has since built a successful career, appearing in films from a range of genres. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 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 (1998) to help fund the late nun's mission.