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Penelope Cruz's Birthday: A Career Retrospective (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 04/28/2012 11:24 am   Updated: 04/29/2012 11:51 am

As Penelope Cruz turns 38 years-old today, we celebrate the Spanish actress by taking a trip down memory lane through some of her most memorable roles. As Lena the troubled actress in "Broken Embraces" or Maria Elena the emotionally unstable ex-wife in "Vicky, Cristina Barcelona", Cruz is known for playing hot-headed, strong and extravagantly passionate women.

Pedro Almodovar, who's casted Cruz in some of her most compelling roles, once said, she "belongs to the Mediterranean school of actors, a style characterized by its carnality, gutsiness, shamelessness, messy hair, generous cleavage and shouting as a natural form of communication." She certainly does. And we love watching her.

Take A Look At Penelope Cruz's Acting Career:

"Jamon, Jamon" (1992)
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Penelope Cruz has her big screen debut in Bigas Luna's comedy-drama "Jamon, Jamon" where she played Silvia, a prostitute's daughter. Cruz and husband husband Javier Bardem, who played the role of Raul, met in the filming of this movie.
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