Penelope Cruz Sanchez (born April 28, 1974), better known as Penelope Cruz, is a Spanish actress. She gathered critical acclaim as a young actress for films such as Jamon, Jamon, La Nina de tus ojos, and Belle epoque. She has also starred in several American films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She is perhaps best known for her work with acclaimed Spanish director, Pedro Almodovar, in Volver and Todo sobre mi madre. Cruz has been awarded three Goyas, two European Film Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Goya, and a BAFTA for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She is Spain's first female Oscar winner and the second Hispanic actress to win since 1961.
27 August 2001 (WENN) - The secret behind Penelope Cruz's 883 ankle tattoo is out - it's all to do with the Spanish star's love of numerology. And the hidden meaning behind the mysterious markings on the actress' leg doesn't bode well for her current beau Tom Cruise - they indicate she's more interested in money, success and power than love. Leading numerologist Christine Delorey, who wrote hit book Life Cycles, claims people who have tattoos of numbers are usually fans of numerology - and she's convinced that's the case with Cruz. She says, "In her chart, eight and three pop up as her main numbers in life. Eight stands for money, power and success and three stands for skill in communications and creativity. The second eight is to strengthen the power of the first. Penelope wants to win - she is very aggressive in terms of her career."