Popularity came to the actress after shooting the film “Live Flesh” and “Open Your Eyes” in 1997.
The film “All About My Mother” with Cruz opened the “Cannes Film Festival” in 1999, after the name of this movie actress to film blockbusters featuring the stars of Hollywood!
In 2000, Cruz was in the movie “All the Pretty Horses” starring Matt Damon. In 2001, Penelope is adjacent to the site with Johnny Depp in the film “Blow”, and in late 2001 is paired with Nicolas Cage in the film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”.
In 2001, Cruz was in the movie “Vanilla Sky”. She starts a relationship with Tom Cruise, which lasted for three years.
In 2006, Penelope Cruz co-starred in the western, “Bandidas”. She played a major role, along with Salma Hayek.
Also in 2006, Cruz received favourable reviews for her performance as Raimunda in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver. She shared a Best Actress award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival with five of her co-stars, as well as receiving a Goya Award and European Film Award, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. She was the first Spaniard to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress
In 2008, Cruz won the “Oscar” for “Best Actress” for the film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.
In 2010 she married Javier Bardem and gave birth to a son, Leonardo.