The pictures above were both taken at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards, where Penelope Cruz won Best Supporting Actress and Jessica Alba was one of the presenters who gave her the award. I actually found a photo of the two of them together, but it wasn’t very usable as Penelope’s back was to the camera. 🙂
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz celebrates her 43rd today. Her first appearance was in a 1989 music video for the Spanish pop band Mecano, and in the early 1990s she hosted a teen-oriented Spanish television show, La Quinta Marcha. She made an impressive feature film debut in 1992, starring in two films. She won the Goya Award for Best Actress for Jamón Jamón, which was her first time appearing with her future husband, Javier Bardem. She also starred in Belle Époque, which won the Goya for Best Picture and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Cruz emerged as a major star in Spanish film over the 1990s. In 1997, she began a regular working relationship with director Pedro Almodóvar, appearing in his Life Flesh, while also starring in Alejandro Amenábar’s Open Your Eyes. A year later she made her American film debut in The Hi-Lo Country, and won a second Goya for Best Actress for starring in The Girl of Your Dreams. As her Hollywood career expanded, she briefly became a Razzie target, for films such as Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe’s remake of Open Your Eyes. But in 2006 she starred in Almodóvar’s Volver, winning her third Goya Award and receiving her first Oscar nomination, for Best Actress.
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