Birth Name: Penélope Cruz Sánchez
Place of Birth: Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
Date of Birth: 28 April, 1974
Penélope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She has appeared in many Spanish and Hollywood films, the latter including Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Gothika.
Penélope was born in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, to Eduardo Cruz, from Alonchel, Extremadura, and Encarna Sanchez, from Andalusia. Her sister is actress Mónica Cruz. Penélope is married to actor Javier Bardem, with whom she has two children.
One article stated that Penélope has some Romani ancestry:
[Penélope] was the oldest of three siblings… by her grandmother she had Gypsy [Romani] blood… She wanted to became ballerina like her grandmother. And although her family wasn’t rich, the mother decided to invest in the future of her daughter.
It is not clear if this Romani ancestry has been verified/documented.
Penélope’s paternal grandparents were named Manolo Cruz and Modesta.
Penélope’s maternal grandmother was named Isabel Sánchez.