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Biography #2 (for Volver)

After having participated in Live Flesh and All About my Mother, Penélope has worked with Pedro Almodóvar again.

After studying acting in Cristina Rota's school, she worked with some of the most important directors in Spain: Bigas Luna, in Jamón, jamón and Volaverunt, Fernando Trueba, in Belle Epoque and The Girl of your Dreams (for which she received the Goya for Best Actress), Alejandro Amenábar in Open Your Eyes, and Agustín Díaz Yanes in Don't Tempt Me. Added to this is a more than notable international career that includes films like The Hi-Lo Country (Stephen Frears), All the Pretty Horses (Billy Bob Thornton), Blow (Jonathan Demme), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (John Madden) and Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe).

With Don't Move, by Sergio Castellito, she won the David di Donatello award and the Best Actress Award from the Academy of European Cinema (People's Choice Award). The New York Times chose her performance in this film as one of the ten best female performances of the year.

After Volver, she worked in The Good Night (Jake Paltrow) and is about to begin shooting on Manolete (Meno Meyjes).

With her sophisticated, Mediterranean beauty, she has been the image of Ralph Lauren for years.

Her interests include that of becoming a photographer.

Bio courtesy Focus Features for "Volver" (14-Jan-2007)

Biography #3 (for Head in the Clouds)

PENÉLOPE CRUZ has been a celebrity in her native Spain since she hosted the television series La Quinta marcha as a teenager. Film audiences first saw her in the Oscar-winning Belle époque. She continued to star in Spanish films, working with director Pedro Almodóvar in Live Flesh (1997) and All About My Mother (1999). Cruz also played the same role in Abre los ojos (1997) and the American remake Vanilla Sky (2001). She made her American film debut in The Hi- Lo Country (1998), and also starred in Woman on Top (2000), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Blow (2001), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) and Gothika (2003). Later this year, she will appear in Noel directed by Chazz Palminteri and Sahara with Matthew McConaughey.

Bio courtesy Sony Classics for "Head in the Clouds" (18-Sep-2004)

Biography #4 (for Gothika)

Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters. First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films Jamón, Jamón and Belle Époque, she moves seamlessly between Spanish and English speaking roles. In 1998, she starred in her first English language film, Hi-Lo Country for director Stephen Frears, and in 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award from the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba's The Girl of Your Dreams.

Confirming her status as Spain's hottest international actress, Cruz landed the coveted role opposite Matt Damon in the film adaptation of All the Pretty Horses, directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Next, she portrayed Isabella in Woman on Top for Fox Searchlight. Other film credits include her starring role in the thriller Open Your Eyes, Twice Upon a Yesterday, Pedro Almovodar's Live Flesh, Talk of Angels and Don Juan. Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almovodar's critically acclaimed All About My Mother which was awarded the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Cruz then went on to play Johnny Depp's wife in Blow; in 2001 she starred opposite Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale in Captain Corelli's Mandolin; and Cruz also recently starred in Vanilla Sky opposite Tom Cruise. She can also be seen in Fanfan la tulipe which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. She recently completed work on director John Duigan's romantic drama Head in the Clouds, starring opposite Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend, and an Italian film, Don't Move.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Gothika" (01-Jan-2000)