Earlier today, actress Penelope Cruz, who takes on the role of Blackbeard’s daughter, Angelica, in Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides (May 20, 2011) was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce when she was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On hand to celebrate were co-star Johnny Depp, who referred to Cruz as ‘the Ricky to my Lucy,’ film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Rob Marshall and Cruz’s husband, Javier Bardem.
An Academy Award® winner, Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and most recently, becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated and to win an Oscar®.
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 SpanishAcademy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba’s The Girl of Your Dreams.
Confirming her status as an 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, and Maria Ripoli’s Twice Upon a Yesterday. Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almodovar’s Live Flesh and the critically acclaimed All About My Mother, which was awarded the Golden Globe® and Oscar® for Best Foreign Film.
Next up for Cruz was a role opposite Pirates co-star Johnny Depp in Blow for director Ted Demme and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin opposite Nicolas Cage, followed by starring opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe’s 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 (Non ti Muovere) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and the European Film Award for Best Actress.
To add to her already diverse choice of film credits, she starred in films including Gothika, Head in the Clouds, and Sahara. In 2006, Cruz starred in Volver, which again teamed her with director and dear friend Pedro Almodovar. Critically-acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won the Best Actress awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations.
Her recent credits include Elegy opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlet Johansson. Cruz won an Oscar®, a BAFTA, a New York Film Critics Circle and a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
In 2009, Cruz and Almodovar were back in action for the fourth time with Broken Embraces, for which she again received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Lena. Also that year, she teamed up with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall for the first time and starred alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard in the film version of the musical Nine. Her standout portrayal of Carla garnered Screen Actors Guild®, Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominations. Her third Oscar® nomination made history as it marked only the third time in Oscar history where the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for the same award again in the following year.
Cruz is involved in the following charities: Worldwide (RED) campaign lead by Bono and Bobby Shiver, Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti (APJ), UNICEF The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She had the honor of working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity; volunteering in a leprosy clinic in India and she also worked with the Dalai Lama for the House of Tibet in Spain.
Walt Disney Studios has been kind enough to supply us with these images from the event which we are pleased to present below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see the image in its larger form.
Photos by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage for Walt Disney Studios.
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