Birth Name: Penelope Cruz
Birth Place: Madrid, ES
Named for Joan Manuel Serrat's 1967 song, "Penélope," Penélope Cruz Sanchez was born on April 27, 1974, in Madrid, Spain. The firstborn child of salesman Eduardo Sanchez and his hairdresser wife, Encarna, young Penélope demonstrated a flair for drama at an early age and often recruited her younger siblings, Monica and Eduardo, Jr., to perform in family skits. Starting from the age of six, Cruz studied classical ballet at Spain's National Conservatory under the intense tutelage of prominent dance instructors. In her mid-teens, however, Cruz got bitten by the acting bug and decided to pursue a career as an actress.Kicking off her thespian career in 1989, Cruz appeared in a series of high-p...
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