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Academy Award® winner PENÉLOPE CRUZ (voice of Juarez) has proven herself to be one of the most versatile young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters and most recently becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated for and win an Academy Award, for Woody Allen's "Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films "Jamon, Jamon” and "Belle Epoque,” in 1998 she starred in her first English language film, "The Hi-Lo Country,” for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th annual Goya Awards given by the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba's "The Girl of Your Dreams.”

Confirming her status as Spain's hottest international actress, Cruz landed a series of coveted roles. She appeared in Billy Bob Thornton's "All the Pretty Horses,” Fina Torres' "Woman on Top,” Alejandro Amenabar's "Open Your Eyes,” Maria Ripoli's "Twice Upon a Yesterday” and Nick Hamm's "Talk of Angels.” Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almodovar's "Live Flesh” and his critically acclaimed "All About My Mother,” which was awarded the Golden Globe® and Oscar® for Best Foreign Film.

Next up for Cruz was New Line Cinema's "Blow” for director Ted Demme and "Captain Corelli's Mandolin” opposite Nicolas Cage. After that, she starred opposite Tom Cruise in the erotic thriller "Vanilla Sky.” She then tackled "Masked & Anonymous,” "Fan Fan la Tulipe,” which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and "Don't Tempt Me.” She received rave reviews for her performance in "Don't Move,” for which she was honored with a David di Donatello Award (the Italian equivalent of the Academy Awards®) and European Film Award for Best Actress.

To add to her already brilliant and diverse choice of films, she starred in "Gothika,” "Head in the Clouds,” "Noel” and "Chromophobia.” She also co-starred with Matthew McConaughey and William H. Macy as Dr. Eva Rojas in the action-packed film "Sahara.”

In 2006, Cruz starred in "Volver,” which again teamed her with director Pedro Almodovar. Critically acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won the Best Actress awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards and the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations.

Cruz's recent credits include "Elegy,” opposite Ben Kingsley, and Woody Allen's "Vicky Christina Barcelona,” opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson. Cruz won an Academy Award®, a BAFTA, a New York Film Critics Circle and a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

Cruz's upcoming films include "Broken Embraces,” which reunites her once again with Pedro Almodovar, and in Rob Marshall's "Nine” alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard.


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