Penélope Cruz Sánchez
(born April 28
) is a Spanish actress
Born in Madrid
, Cruz was a dancer as a child and young teen, and actually dropped out of high school to pursue dancing at National Conservatory of Madrid (majored in Classical Ballet) and theatre at Cristina Rota's School in New York
Her looks and style have been compared favorably with Sophia Loren.
Ms. Cruz's first major films were Jamon, Jamon and the more widely known (in the US) Belle Epoque, a film which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.
She also appeared with Matt Damon in All The Pretty Horses.
In early 2002 she began a relationship with Tom Cruise after his separation from Nicole Kidman. The relationship started on the set of the film Vanilla Sky in which they appeared together.