Penelope Cruz: The Very First Spanish Actress to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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It was no surprise that Penelope Cruz will definitely get her Hollywood Walk of Fame star because of her superb acting career and undeniably beautiful face. But there is beyond that she must be proud of, and that is of becoming the very first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The unveiling ceremony of her star took place on Friday, April 1, at 11:30 am in front of the El Capitan Theatre, 6834 Hollywood Boulevard, in which she was proudly joined in with her husband Javier Bardem and the cast of her latest movie with Johnny Depp “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” set to be released in May 20, 2011. Renowned movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall were also there to show their support to Penelope.

The Latina actress dressed in a body fitting 3/4 length sleeve purple dress from L’Wren Scott Fall 2011 collection graciously accepted her star and acknowledge the day "a very special day that I will always remember."

The ceremony was really touching and humorous at the same time because of the message Penelope addressed to her long time friend and co-star Johnny Depp.

“I want to thank the man with the hat. Let me tell you about the man with the hat. I came to Los Angeles for the first time in 1994, I spoke no English. I only knew how to say two things, two sentences. One was, ‘How are you?’, the other one was, ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp. In the last 10 years I have worked with him twice and that has improved my English, so now I know how to say, ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp again!’”said Penelope

After being in the film industry for 20 years in a row, all her hard work has paid off.
This honorable merit is her “second firsts” in her fruitful acting career as she was also the first Spanish actress to win the covetous Academy Award in 2008.

Penelope Cruz indeed has proven that she is not just a pretty face with a strange American accent, modeling for renowned fashion and cosmetic brands like Mango, Ralph Lauren and L'Oréal but a versatile actress that can play her roles that are required in the movies effectively. She is one true exemple that your accent is no big deal at all when you can definitely blow their mind with your excellent acting skills.

Let us take a glimpse on how Penelope began conquering the acting world and later on the Hollywood:
At the age 15, she made her first movie debut “Jamon, Jamon” in 1992, succeeded by Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000) wherein she showed her innate acting skills.

After that, she starred in different movies in different genres like comedy, thriller, action adventure, musical drama and even animated. The movies that mark her superstardom are are Volver (2006), for which she earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), for which she received an Academy Award.

More so, Penelope is also involved in some charity endeavors for organizations like 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).

By Joanna Rossi,

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