Penelope Cruz was born on April 28, 1974 in Madrid, Spain.
"I'm strong and opinionated. Those qualities brought me a lot of problems since I was a little girl in school. It's part of my curiosity for life."
After working together on Vanilla Sky, Penelope dated Tom Cruise from 2001 to 2004.
She and Matthew McConaughey dated from 2004 to 2006. They even attended the 2005 Grammy Awards together.
In July 2010, she married actor Javier Bardem. In January 2011, they welcomed a son.
Penelope shares the same birthday with Jay Leno and Jessica Alba.
In 2005, she was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." Two of her ex-boyfriends, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey have both made the list over the years.
She speaks four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and English.
Penelope is one of three Hispanic actresses to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The other two actresses are Salma Hayek and Catalina Sandino Moreno.