Popular name Penélope Cruz
Birth name Penélope Cruz Sánchez
Birth date April 28, 1974
Birth place Alcobendas, Spain
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Spouse Javier Bardem (2010–present)
Children 1 son
Penelope Cruz debuted and starred in the video clip of the song La Fuerza del Destino of the synth-pop trio Mecano. Between 1990 and 1997 Cruz hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco's talk show La Quinta Marcha , a program that was hosted by teenagers, aimed at a teenage audience. In 1992 Cruz made her feature film debut at 17 as the lead female role in the comedy drama art house film, Jamón, jamón. Minutes noted that Cruz "became an overnight sensation as much for her nude scenes as for her talent". In 2006, she became spokesmodel for the French beauty company, L'Oréal, to promote products such as the L'Oréal Paris hair dye Natural Match and L'Oreal mascara products. Cruz appears in television and print ads for the company. She receives $2 million a year for her work for the company.