Maria Halle Berry


Halle Berry

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Halle Berry
Head and shoulders shot of a smiling Berry facing the camera.
Berry in February 2007
Born Maria Halle Berry
August 14, 1966 (age 45)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse David Justice (m. 1992–1997)
Eric Benét (m. 2001–2005)
Partner Gabriel Aubry (2005–10)
Olivier Martinez (2010–present)
Children Nahla Ariela Aubry

Halle Berry (play /ˈhæli ˈbɛri/; born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress and a former fashion model. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge[2] and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2011, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the most highly paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman.[3][4] She has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed.

Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant (1986), and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986.[2] She made her film debut with a small role in 1991’s Jungle Fever. This led to starring roles in The Flintstones (1994), Bulworth (1998), X-Men (2000) and its sequels, and as Bond Girl Jinx in Die Another Day (2002). She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2005 for Catwoman and accepted the award in person—one of the few performers to do so.[5]

Early life

Berry was born Maria Halle Berry, though her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry in 1971.[6] Berry’s parents selected her middle name from Halle’s Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio.[7] Her mother, Judith Ann (née Hawkins),[8] who is of European descent, was a psychiatric nurse. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was an African American hospital attendant in the same psychiatric ward where her mother worked; he later became a bus driver.[7][9] Berry’s maternal grandmother, Nellie Dicken, was born in Sawley, Derbyshire, England, while her maternal grandfather, Earl Ellsworth Hawkins, was born in Ohio.[10] Berry’s parents divorced when she was four years old; she and her older sister Heidi[11] were raised exclusively by her mother.[7] Berry has said in published reports that she has been estranged from her father since her childhood,[7][12] noting in 1992, “I haven’t heard from him since [he left]. Maybe he’s not alive.”[11]

Berry graduated from Bedford High School, afterward working in the children’s department at Higbee’s Department store. She then studied at Cuyahoga Community College. In the 1980s, she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All-American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986.[2] She was the 1986 Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas. In the Miss USA 1986 pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media. Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges.[13] She was the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986, where she finished sixth and Trinidad and Tobago’s Giselle Laronde was crowned Miss World.[14]

Acting career


In the late 1980s, Berry went to Illinois to pursue a modeling career as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called Chicago Force. In 1989, Berry landed the role of Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls (a spin-off of Who’s the Boss?), during the taping of which she lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed with diabetes.[15][16] She went on to have a recurring role on the long-running primetime serial Knots Landing. In 1992, Berry was cast as the love interest in the video for R. Kelly’s seminal single, Honey Love.[17][18]

Head and shoulders shot of a smiling Berry with dark hair pulled back, wearing a lace shirt and turquoise necklace.

Berry visiting with sailors and Marines during the opening day of Fleet Week New York 2006

Her breakthrough feature film role was in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, in which she played a drug addict named Vivian.[7] Her first co-starring role was in the 1991 film Strictly Business. In 1992, Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang. That same year, she caught the public’s attention as a headstrong biracial slave in the TV adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley. Berry was in the live-action Flintstones movie as “Sharon Stone”, the sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone.[19]

Playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995), Berry tackled a more serious role, starring opposite Jessica Lange. She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996), which was based on a true story, shot in Australia, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision. Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.[4][20]

In 1997, Halle starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the comedy film, B*A*P*S. Although panned by critics, it showed Halle’s acting versatility.In 1998, Berry received praise for her role in Bulworth as an intelligent woman raised by activists who gives a politician (Warren Beatty) a new lease on life. The same year, she played the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love. In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through.[7] Berry’s performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.[2][21]

Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first nude scene.[22] At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially.[23] The brief flash of her breasts added $500,000 to her fee.[24] Berry considered these stories to be rumors and was quick to deny them.[22] After turning down numerous roles that required nudity, she said she decided to make Swordfish because her husband, Benét, supported her and encouraged her to take risks.[25]

In 2001, Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the wife of an executed murderer, in the film Monster’s Ball. Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild best-actress prizes; in an interesting coincidence she became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actress (earlier in her career she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American to be nominated for Best Actress, and who was born at the same hospital as Berry, in Cleveland, Ohio).[26] The NAACP issued the statement: “Congratulations to Halle Berry and Denzel Washington for giving us hope and making us proud. If this is a sign that Hollywood is finally ready to give opportunity and judge performance based on skill and not on skin color then it is a good thing.”[27] Her role also generated controversy. Berry’s graphic nude love scene with a racist character played by co-star Billy Bob Thornton was the subject of much media chatter and discussion among African-Americans. Many in the African-American community were critical of Berry for taking the part.[25] Berry responded: “I don’t really see a reason to ever go that far again. That was a unique movie. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again.”[25]

Dressed in brown leather jacket, Berry looks up smiling.

Berry signs autographs for US soldiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina, December 24, 1996

Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning the Academy Award, and Ron Perelman, the cosmetics firm’s chief, congratulated her, saying how happy he was that she modeled for his company. She replied, “Of course, you’ll have to pay me more.” Perelman stalked off in a rage.[28] Her win at the Academy Awards led to two famous “Oscar moments.” In accepting her award, she gave an acceptance speech honoring previous black actresses who had never had the opportunity. She said, “This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened.”[29] One year later, as she presented the Best Actor award, winner Adrien Brody ran on stage and, instead of giving her the standard peck on the cheek, planted a long kiss on Berry.

 2002 – present

Upper body shot of Berry dressed in brown and gold evening gown and holding an autograph pen.

Berry in Hamburg in 2004

As Bond girl Giacinta ‘Jinx’ Johnson in the 2002 blockbuster Die Another Day, Berry recreated a scene from Dr. No, emerging from the surf to be greeted by James Bond as Ursula Andress had 40 years earlier.[30] Lindy Hemming, costume designer on Die Another Day, had insisted that Berry wear a bikini and knife as an homage.[31] Berry has said of the scene: “It’s splashy”, “exciting”, “sexy”, “provocative” and “it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar.”[25] The bikini scene was shot in Cadiz; the location was reportedly cold and windy, and footage has been released of Berry wrapped in thick towels in between takes to avoid catching a chill.[32] According to a ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time.[33] Berry was hurt during filming when debris from a smoke grenade flew into her eye. It was removed in a 30-minute operation.[34]

After Berry won the Academy Award, rewrites were commissioned to give her more screentime for X2.[35]

In November 2003, she starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey Jr., during which she broke her arm in a scene with Downey, who twisted her arm too hard. Production was halted for eight weeks.[36] It was a moderate hit at the United States box office, taking in $60 million; it earned another $80 million abroad.[37] Berry appeared in the Limp Bizkit music video for Behind Blue Eyes for the motion picture soundtrack for the film. The same year, she was named #1 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.[38] In 2004, Berry was voted fourth of Empire magazine’s 100 sexiest film stars of all time poll.[39]

Berry received $12.5 million for the title role in the film Catwoman,[37] a $100 million movie; it grossed $17 million on its first weekend.[40] She was awarded a “worst actress” Razzie award in 2005 for this role. She appeared at the ceremony to accept the award in person (making her the third person, and second actor, to ever do so)[41] with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the “rock bottom” in order to be “at the top”.[5] Holding the Academy Award in one hand and the Razzie in the other she said, “I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It’s not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you. When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there’s no way you could be a good winner.”[26] The Fund for Animals praised Berry’s compassion towards cats and for squelching rumors that she was keeping a Bengal tiger from the sets of Catwoman as a “pet.”[42]

Berry next appeared in the Oprah Winfrey-produced ABC TV movie Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, in which Berry portrayed Janie Crawford, a free-spirited woman whose unconventional sexual mores upset her 1920s contemporaries in a small community. She was nominated for an Emmy for this TV film. Meanwhile, she voiced the character of Cappy, one of the many mechanical beings in the animated feature Robots (2005).[43]

Upper body shot of Berry in long sleeved red jersey and jeans with midriff slightly exposed. A crowd in is the background.

Berry on the red carpet of Robots

In 2006, Berry, Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford, Jane Seymour, Dick Van Dyke, Tea Leoni, and Daryl Hannah successfully fought the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility that was proposed off the coast of Malibu.[44] Berry said, “I care about the air we breathe, I care about the marine life and the ecosystem of the ocean.”[45] In May 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the facility.[46] Hasty Pudding Theatricals gave her its 2006 Woman of The Year award.[47]

Berry is involved in production of films and television. She served as executive producer on Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999, and Lackawanna Blues in 2005. Berry both produced and starred in the thriller Perfect Stranger with Bruce Willis and in Things We Lost in the Fire with Benicio del Toro, the first film in which she worked with a female director, Danish Susanne Bier, a new feeling of “thinking the same way”, which she appreciated.[48] Berry then starred in the film Frankie and Alice, in which she plays Frankie Murdoch, a young multiracial American women with dissociative identity disorder struggling against her alter personality to retain her true self. She was awarded the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and also was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.

Berry is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $10 million per film.[3] In July 2007, she topped In Touch magazine’s list of the world’s most fabulous 40-something celebrities. On April 3, 2007, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry.[49][50] As of 2011, Berry’s worldwide box office gross has been more than 2.7 billion US$. In 2011, she appeared in New Year’s Eve, and is playing one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas, which is expected to be released in October 2012.[51] Berry has served for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and also as the face of Versace. The Coty Inc. fragrance company signed Berry to market her debut fragrance in March 2008. Berry was delighted, saying that she had created her own fragrances at home by mixing scents.[52]

Head and shoulders shot of Berry in brown jersey and sunglasses, hair cut short, seated at an autograph table.

Berry at the 2003 Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA

Personal life

Berry at the 83rd Academy Awards, 27 February 2011

Berry has been married twice. Her first marriage was to former baseball player David Justice, shortly after midnight on January 1, 1993.[53] The couple separated in 1996 and their divorce was finalized in 1997.[54] Berry has stated publicly that she was so depressed after her breakup with Justice that she considered taking her own life,[55] but she could not bear the thought of her mother finding her body.[56]

Berry married Eric Benét in early 2001 on a beach in Santa Barbara.[25][57] Berry credited Benét with support after she was involved in a February 2000 traffic collision, in which she left the scene of the accident. Some in the media complained that her misdemeanor hit and run charge was preferential treatment;[58][59] she had also been the driver in an alleged hit and run incident three years earlier in which no charges were filed.[60] The incident became fodder for comedians. Berry pled no contest, did community service, paid a fine and was placed on three years’ probation.[61] A civil lawsuit was settled out of court.[62][63]

The couple separated in 2003.[57] After the separation, Berry stated, “I want love, and I will find it, hopefully.”[64] While married to Benét, Berry adopted his daughter, India.[57] The divorce was finalized in January 2005.[65]

In November 2005, Berry began dating French-Canadian supermodel Gabriel Aubry. The couple met at a Versace photoshoot.[66] After six months with Aubry, she stated in an interview, “I’m really happy in my personal life, which is a novelty to me. You know, I’m not the girl that has the best relationships.”[67] Berry gave birth to a girl named Nahla Ariela Aubry on March 16, 2008, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.[68] Nahla means “honeybee” in Arabic; Ariela is Hebrew for “lion for God”.[69] Berry hired security guards after receiving racist threats to her unborn baby from a stalker, who said her child will be “cut into hundreds of pieces”.[70]

On April 30, 2010, it was reported that Berry and Aubry had separated. Several days later, Berry’s representative confirmed the relationship had ended.[71] Aubry filed documents with the Los Angeles Superior Court on December 30, 2010, asking the court to formally recognize his paternity and grant a court order giving him and Berry joint legal and physical custody over their daughter.[72][73]

In the media

While taping the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 19, 2007, Berry displayed a distorted image of her face, remarking: “Here’s where I look like my Jewish cousin!”[74] During the editing of the program, the comment was obscured by a laugh track.[75]

Berry took part in a nearly 2000-house party cell-phone bank campaign for Barack Obama in February 2008.[76]

In October 2008, Berry was named Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive”, about which she stated “I don’t know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I’ll take it.”[77] Men’s Health named her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”, ranking her at No. 35.[78]


Title Year Role Notes
Living Dolls 1989 Emily Franklin TV (canceled after 13 episodes)
Amen 1991 Claire TV series, episode: “Unforgettable”
A Different World 1991 Jaclyn TV series, episode: “Love, Hillman-Style”
They Came from Outer Space 1991 Rene TV series, episode: “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”
Knots Landing 1991 Debbie Porter TV (cast member in 1991)
Jungle Fever 1991 Vivian Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Strictly Business 1991 Natalie
The Last Boy Scout 1991 Cory
Boomerang 1992 Angela Lewis
Alex Haley’s Queen 1993 Queen NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
CB4 1993 Herself Cameo
Father Hood 1993 Kathleen Mercer
The Program 1993 Autumn Haley
The Flintstones 1994 Sharon Stone[19]
Solomon & Sheba 1995 Nikhaule/Queen Sheba TV
Losing Isaiah 1995 Khaila Richards Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Executive Decision 1996 Jean
Race the Sun 1996 Miss Sandra Beecher
Girl 6 1996 Cameo
The Rich Man’s Wife 1996 Josie Potenza
B*A*P*S 1997 Nisi
The Wedding 1998 Shelby Coles TV
Bulworth 1998 Nina Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 1998 Zola Taylor
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge 1999 Dorothy Dandridge Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
X-Men 2000 Ororo Munroe/Storm
Welcome to Hollywood 2000 Documentary
Swordfish 2001 Ginger Knowles NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Monster’s Ball 2001 Leticia Musgrove Academy Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Performance – Female
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Die Another Day 2002 Giacinta ‘Jinx’ Johnson
X2: X-Men United 2003 Ororo Munroe/Storm
Gothika 2003 Miranda Grey Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Kids Choice Award for Favorite Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance – Female
Catwoman 2004 Patience Phillips / Catwoman Razzie Award for Worst Actress[79]
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with either Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone)
Their Eyes Were Watching God 2005 Janie Starks Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress: T.V. Movie/Cable
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Robots 2005 Cappy (Voice)
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 Ororo Munroe/Storm
Perfect Stranger 2007 Rowena Price
Things We Lost in the Fire 2007 Audrey Burke
Frankie and Alice 2010 Frankie/Alice African-American Film Critics Association for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
PRISM Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film
Nominated—BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Dark Tide 2011 Kate Mathieson
New Year’s Eve 2011 Nurse Aimee
Cloud Atlas 2012 filming
Movie 43 2012 filming

[edit] Awards

Year Award Category Film Result
1995 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Alex Haley’s Queen Won
2000 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Won
2000 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Won
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Won
2000 Black Reel Awards Best Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Won
2000 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Won
2001 Academy Award Best Actress Monster’s Ball Won
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Monster’s Ball Won
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Lead Actress Monster’s Ball Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Monster’s Ball Nominated
2001 NBR Best Actress Monster’s Ball Won
2002 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Monster’s Ball Won
2002 NAACP Image Award NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Swordfish Won
2002 BET Awards Best Actress Won
2002 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Crystal Award for Outstanding Woman who have helped expand the role of women in Entertainment Recipient[80]
2003 BET Awards Best Actress Nominated
2003 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress Die Another Day Won
2004 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress Gothika Nominated
2004 BET Awards Best Actress Won
2004 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress Catwoman Won
2004 Worst Screen Couple Catwoman (with either Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone) Nominated
2005 BET Awards Best Actress Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie Their Eyes Were Watching God Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress – TV series Their Eyes Were Watching God Nominated
2006 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie Their Eyes Were Watching God Nominated
2007 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Female Action Hero X-Men: The Last Stand Won
2008 BET Awards Best Actress Won
2009 Spike Guys’ Choice Awards Decade of Hotness Award Won
2011 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Frankie and Alice Nominated
2011 NAACP Image Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Frankie and Alice Won


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Nicole Scherzinger, Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger , An American singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, model, and actress

Nicole Scherzinger

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Nicole Scherzinger

Scherzinger at the The X Factor USA Backstage, December 2011
Background information
Birth name Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente
Born June 29, 1978 (age 33)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, Hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, dancer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Interscope
Associated acts Eden’s Crush, Pussycat Dolls

Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente; June 29, 1978)[2][3] is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, model and actress. Scherzinger is well known as the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. Previously, Scherzinger was a backing vocalist for the late-1990s rock group Days of the New and was a part of reality TV girl group Eden’s Crush. After the disbandment of the group, she joined the Pussycat Dolls and became the group’s lead vocalist during their transition into a career in music.

With the Pussycat Dolls, she released two albums PCD and Doll Domination and embarked on several concert tours.[4] After leaving the group in December 2010, Scherzinger began a solo career with the release of her debut studio album Killer Love. The album’s second single, “Don’t Hold Your Breath” peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, marking her first number one hit as a solo artist.[5] Scherzinger became the winner of the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars in early 2010. She is a judge on the US version of The X Factor, which premiered in September 2011.

Nicole Scherzinger was born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente in Honolulu, Hawaii, into a staunchly Catholic family.[6][7] Her father, Alfonso Valiente, is Filipino, and her mother, Rosemary, is a mix of Hawaiian and Russian descent, as Nicole’s grandmother was Russian while her grandfather is Hawaiian [8][9][10][11][12] Her mother was eighteen at the time of Scherzinger’s birth and lived in an inner city neighborhood.[13] Scherzinger’s parents separated when she was still a baby. When she was six years old, her maternal family moved to Louisville, Kentucky,[14] with her sister, Keala, and her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger. She took her stepfather’s surname after he adopted her. [14]

She first attended Bowen Elementary, and later attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. Scherzinger states that, growing up, her family did not have a lot of money, and she thanks her mother for all the support she gave her to become what she is today. Scherzinger began performing in Louisville, attending the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School, and performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville.[14] As a teenager, Scherzinger was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair’s Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest.[14]

Music career

2001–02: Career beginnings

In 2001 Scherzinger competed in the premiere season of The WB’s television show, Popstars, on which she earned a spot in the all-girl pop group Eden’s Crush alongside the other four chosen members Ivette Sosa, Maile Misajon, Ana Maria Lombo and Rosanna Tavarez . Eventually, she became one of the main vocalists for the group. The group’s 2001 US single, “Get Over Yourself (Goodbye)”, peaked at number one in sales and hit the top ten on Billboard Hot 100. At the time Eden’s Crush was touring in support of both *NSync and Jessica Simpson.[15] Scherzinger was approached to be the fourth member of The Black Eyed Peas, but was forced to decline because she was a member of Eden’s Crush and was under contract. The position was given, instead, to Fergie. Later, however, Eden’s Crush’ record company, London-Sire Records, folded and the group eventually disbanded.[16] In November 2007 Scherzinger spoke of her time in Eden’s Crush:

It was hell… I was in a band with five other girls and every day was torture for me. We were on TV all the time and the atmosphere was awful… Every day I was in that band I cried my eyes out. The band was meant to be fun and frivolous but the reality was that it was miserable… I was too sensitive back then, but I got toughened up. I couldn’t have gone into the Dolls without my experience in Crush.[13]

After the disbanding of Eden’s Crush, Scherzinger made a few promotional solo appearances under the stage name of Nicole Kea, including covering “Breakfast in Bed” for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates in 2003.[17] Scherzinger later worked with Yoshiki of Japanese rock band X Japan on his Violet UK project. She sang the English version of “I’ll Be Your Love” live with the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra. The track also appeared on the 2003 Various Artists album Exposition of Global Harmony.

2003–10: The Pussycat Dolls

In May 2003, Scherzinger joined the Pussycat Dolls burlesque troupe, who were being re-cast as recording artists. She had first seen them performing on The Late Show with David Letterman in November 2002, where Carmen Electra sang “Big Spender” from the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity. In 2006, Scherzinger said “It caught my eye because I’d played Velma Kelly in [Fosse’s] Chicago in college.”[18] In one interview she spoke of her role with the Pussycat dolls stating that it was a “challenge fronting the group” but that “every girl has something different to bring and add to the success”.[19]

Scherzinger performing in 2006.

The success of PCD brought Scherzinger into the media spotlight and she went on to record a series of duets/guest vocals with a wide array of male vocalists. In 2005, she appeared on recordings by Shaggy, Vittorio Grigolo and Will Smith. In 2006 she sang co-lead vocals with Avant on his single “Lie About Us”, and Diddy’s hit “Come to Me” (which she also co-wrote). Other appearances are listed in discography. In the biography section of her official website she says that everyone recognises her from the Pussycat Dolls’s debut single “Dont Cha” which although amazing does not fulfill her musical desires. When asked what she intended to achieve with her solo career she commented “Some people only have their glasses half full, but there was never a limit to mine.”[20] The purpose of the album was to appeal to younger audiences, show them “the heart of Nicole” and show that she is “not always strong and fearless”.

Doubt was cast over the future of the album when the Pussycat Dolls released their second album Doll Domination which featured some of the songs which had initially been recorded for Scherzinger’s own album. “Happily Never After” and “Who’s Gonna Love You” were placed on the album with no changes whilst additional backing vocals were added to “When I Grow Up” before it was released as the album’s lead single.[21] In 2010 during an interview with X magazine she also revealed that “I Hate This Part”, a song which became a top-ten hit in Europe for the Pussycat Dolls, was also intended for her own solo album.[22] Christopher “Tricky Stewart” and The-Dream were also working with Scherzinger and produced, wrote and recorded at least two songs for the album. Both of the known recordings, “Punch You In Your Sleep” and “I’m a Cheat” were re-allocated to The-Dream’s ex-wife Christina Milian who has recorded them for her fourth studio album Elope due in 2010.[23]

Furthermore it was revealed that Keri Hilson (a writer who has been heavily involved in writing for the Pussycat Dolls) had written a song called “Alienated” for Scherzinger, however when the album was delayed and shelved Hilson reclaimed the song and instead recorded the song with producer Cory Bold for her own debut studio album In a Perfect World…[24] Reviews later went on to give the song critical acclaim for its “electro-blips and whispery raps that are alluring.”[25][26] In September 2009 it was confirmed that the teary ballad, “Just Say Yes” was reclaimed by Gary Lightbody who has since re-tooled and reworked the song.[27] It was released as the lead single from his band, Snow Patrol’s compilation album Up to Now, on November 2, 2009.[28] Addressing the delayed release of her solo album, in September 2008 Scherzinger said, “Despite what other people might write, it was my decision, ultimately. I actually put some of my solo songs on the Pussycat Dolls’ new album Doll Domination. Everything is all about timing. I believe it will come out next year, and it will be able to coexist wonderfully with the Dolls’ album. It’s completely separate from what you’ve heard with “Baby Love” and “Whatever U Like,” and I’m still working on it — that’s what happens when you’re a perfectionist.”[29] She was interviewed by Billboard magazine in April 2009 regarding her own career plans as well as what The Dolls were up to. She said “the current incarnation of the album is just in talks and in the writing process. I haven’t started recording yet.” She plans to enter the studio again after the Pussycat Dolls have finished their World Domination Tour. Speaking about the project Scherzinger said she will be working again with, Timbaland as well as with new associates Lady Gaga and A.R. Rahman.[30] In April 2008, Scherzinger recorded a cover version of “Rio” by Duran Duran for an advertising campaign for Unilever’s Caress brand of body wash. A commercial video was released, and the single was released via download only, after May 2008.[31] In 2008, in support of Barack Obama, she was one of many musicians to contribute to a track by called “Yes We Can”.[32] Also on September 5, 2008, Scherzinger joined an all-star cast to perform the charity song “Just Stand Up” on live TV.[33] The Pussycat Dolls returned to the Music scene on May 27, 2008 with the new single “When I Grow Up” which reached number nine on the U.S. Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. The song topped several European charts and became a worldwide top ten hit. The follow-up single “Whatcha Think About That” with Missy Elliott failed to enter the U.S. charts but managed to reach top 20 in several other countries including the UK with a limited release.

After a slight delay and with two singles released the album, Doll Domination was finally released as a standard and deluxe edition. The latter featured a disc with a solo song by each of the girls. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, with 79,000 copies sold in its first week beating their debut album by one chart position but selling 20,000 less copies. It only spent seven weeks in the top 100, compared with their debut album which sat in the top 100 for nearly one year. In January 2009 it re-entered the top 100 following several more successful singles. The album in original form spawned two other singles, worldwide top 20 hit “I Hate This Part” and the number-one club song “Bottle Pop” which only received a limited release in the US and Oceania. On January 2009 they embarked their second world tour called Doll Domination Tour to support Doll Domination.[34] Lady Gaga opened for them in Europe and Australia,[35][36] while Ne-Yo supported the Pussycat Dolls in the UK leg.[37] In mid-2009 they opened for Britney Spears’ tour The Circus Starring Britney Spears on the first leg in North America.[38]

The Pussycat Dolls opening at The Circus Starring Britney Spears

In April 2009 Scherzinger confirmed to Billboard that the album would be re-released to give more people a chance to get their music.[39] In Europe the album was re-released with three or four new songs.[40] In Australia a compilation called Doll Domination 2.0 was released with six songs from the original version plus four new songs whereas the UK received a six-song EP called Doll Domination: The Mini Collection released on April 27, 2009 featuring four of the original songs plus a remix and a new song.[41] In August 2009 the album was repackaged once more, this time as Doll Domination 3.0 to include all of the previously released bonus songs on one CD with the original album. Its release was limited to Europe and the UK where the group’s singles had all reached top 20. The repackaged versions spawned two more singles: the worldwide number one “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” (featured on the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire) and euro-pop remix of “Hush Hush” (retitled “Hush Hush; Hush Hush”)[41] which reached top 20 internationally. Following Scherzinger’s over-emphasis in the release of these two singles there were several emotional outbursts to the media including one by Thornton during one of the group’s appearances on tour.[42] Scherzinger performed “America the Beautiful” at WWE’s WrestleMania XXV in Houston, Texas at the Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009.[43] Scherzinger performed with guitarist Slash on October 2 in Las Vegas.[44]

2006-2008: Solo project

From 2006 until late 2008 Scherzinger had been working on her debut album which was titled Her Name Is Nicole. She recorded/wrote about 75–100 songs for the album which was supposed to be released in 2007 before being pushed to October 16, 2008 and later into 2009 before being shelved.[45][46] She told MTV “I’ve always said that in the Pussycat Dolls, I kind of feel like Superwoman. But that’s just one of my alter egos. I’ve got the vulnerable, lovesick side of me amongst others which all appear on my record.”[47]

Scherzinger in 2007

The album saw Scherzinger work with a wide roster of producers and song writers some of whom had worked with Scherzinger for albums with the Pussycat Dolls. Sean Garrett and Polow da Don worked on “Whatever U Like” (featuring T.I.) which was released as the album’s lead single[48] on July 24, 2007 but deemed unsuccessful reaching just 57 in Canada. “Baby Love” was the second single released on September 10, 2007. Although well received and compared to the Pussycat Dolls’ song “Stickwitu”[48] the track did not chart well in the United States. Internationally the single fared well reaching Top 15 in most countries including the UK, and mainland Europe. It was remixed to be included on Doll Domination as a bonus track. The third single “Supervillain” was described as having a “danceable jam with a catchy chorus” and featured a reggae–dancehall interlude. Written by Rock City and produced by Mad Scientist it was only released to US iTunes in November 2007. The song’s synthy melodies and disco-motown feel with Scherzinger’s 5-octave range were not enough to chart in the US.[20] Fourth single “Puakenikeni” (a type of flower in Hawaii) also released to iTunes in November was produced by Akon to as a tribute to Scherzinger’s heritage[20] but failed to chart.

Other songs included the critically acclaimed “Just Say Yes”, written by Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol) which was a soft and slow song with its pulsing, electronic beat.[48] She told MTV of her excitement to record the song previously rejected by Gwen Stefani. “I’m such a huge fan of Snow Patrol’s music, I felt like I was supposed to make it my own. “It’s a very honest and truthful song.”[47] Ne-Yo gave Scherzinger two songs, “Happily Never After” a slow ballad of which Scherzinger said she felt it “important for young girls to have an empowering message that they deserve better”.[20] Interestingly the song was originally written for Britney Spears to record for her album Blackout in 2007.[19] The other song has a tear jerking ballad called “Save Me from Myself” for which Scherzinger helped Ne-Yo in developing the hook before recording the song.[20] When commenting on another song “March” Scherzinger said she wanted a powerful record. “It’s about never giving up on your dreams and it’s about what I went through to get where I am today.”[19] Timbaland produced and featured on the song “Physical”[20] on which his trademark vocals can be heard over the upbeat melody and thumping baseline.[48] Part of the song was used in the film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer(which she made a short cameo in). The album sessions also produced a number of other songs including “When Your Falling” (also co-written by Akon)[20] “Power’s Out” a riveting duet with English singer Sting (featured in Revlon adverts with Jessica Alba)[20] and “I M.I.S.S You” written by Pharrell Williams & produced by The Neptunes.[48]

2010–present: Killer Love

Scherzinger confirmed that she has done one song with Slash for his solo album Slash released in April 2010.[49] On February 1, 2010 along with other artists Scherzinger had re-recorded “We Are the World”, a charity single for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[50] The song debuted during NBC’s coverage of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.[51] It was released as a single on iTunes on February 12, 2010 accompanied by the music video.[52]

Then in August 2010 Swedish-Moroccan electropop producer RedOne was interviewed by the BBC. In the interview he revealed he had been working on Scherzinger’s album. “I just finished her album. Her last one never came out because it was collecting hamburgers, like fast food. One from McDonald’s, one from Burger King, and so on. It tasted good, but it wasn’t consistent. Her new record – people are really going to go crazy about it because it’s the real her.”[53] Scherzinger confirmed these reports in a September 2010 interview with X magazine. In reference to Her Name is Nicole she said “It was actually my decision not to put it out, not the label’s”. Then she said “I’ve been working with RedOne, which is an honour. He’s an unbelievable producer and musician. He had made some amazing songs with Lady Gaga. Now, there is someone with the ‘x factor’. I can’t touch GaGa or RedOne in that space, but I know that we’ve created something unique of our own.”[22] Scherzinger’s new single, “Poison”, premiered on her official website and YouTube account on October 14, 2010.[54] It is due for release on November 29, 2010.[55] A picture from the video shoot was revealed by MTV, showing Scherzinger dressed provocatively.[56] “Poison” serves as the first single from the album and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart becoming Scherzinger’s most successful single, until her #1 hit with “Don’t Hold Your Breath” in Spring of 2011.

On November 18, 2010, she joined Prince on-stage during his concert in Abu Dhabi. While working with RedOne she has also recorded vocals for songs which will be included on Mohombi’s debut album. Mohombi is the first signee to RedOne’s record label.[57] Scherzinger appeared at the Jingle Bell Ball at London’s O2 Arena on December 4, 2010.[58] The second single, “Don’t Hold Your Breath”, was released on March 13, 2011 and preceded the album, Killer Love, which was released March 21, 2011.[5] The song debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart.[59] “Right There” impacted UK radio in April 2011 as the third single in the United Kingdom.[60] For its release in the US, it was remixed to feature two new verses from American rapper 50 Cent, it serves as her first American lead single from her debut album, “Killer Love”. “Right There” was released as a digital download in the US on May 17, 2011 and sent to US mainstream radio on May 24, 2011.[61] On June 12, Sherzinger performed at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London.

On August 16, 2011, Scherzinger released “Don’t Hold Your Breath” in the United States as her second US single. The singles,”Right There (feat. 50 Cent)” & “Don’t Hold Your Breath” will precede her debut album, “Killer Love” which is set to be released in the US on January 2012.[62] Scherzinger also released a music video for “Wet”, which was released as a single in the UK in August 2011. On November 14, 2011, Killer Love will be re-released in Europe. In October 2011, Scherzinger released a new song titled “Try With Me”, it is the lead single from the European re-release.[63] The music video for “Try with Me” premiered on 18 October 2011 on MSN. Scherzinger and her team, including X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman, were held at gunpoint by a local gang when they were travelling through the mountains to the Xilitla rainforest in Mexico to shoot the video. They were released without harm but shaken by the experience.[64][65]

Other ventures


Scherzinger has made minor appearances as an actress. She appeared in the TV comedy, Half & Half, My Wife and Kids and the 2003 film, Love Don’t Cost a Thing. She also had a role in 2001 as one of the “Pop Stars” in the episode, “Finally!”, of the show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, in Wanda at Large, Chasing Papi, Be Cool and Cane. Scherzinger was intended to be cast in one of the lead roles in the upcoming movie with the Filipino Boxing Champion, Manny Pacquiao, together with professional wrestler, Dave Batista. She was about to play the leading lady of the Filipino Champ, but her audition was cancelled and the role went to the Filipina actress, Ruffa Mae Quinto. She also made an appearance in the Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush, as herself. In 2010 Scherzinger appeared in the How I Met Your Mother episode “Glitter”, as Robin Scherbatsky’s former best friend, Jessica Glitter. She has also recorded a version of “GoldenEye” — the theme song of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye — for the 2010 video game GoldenEye 007. Scherzinger is currently slated to play Lilly in the upcoming film Men in Black III, to be released May 25, 2012.[66]


In 2006 she made a “Bench Body” brand underwear commercial in the Philippines, and in October 2008 she promoted Clear Shampoo and Conditioner. Both commercials were reportedly aired throughout Southeast Asia. She appeared in a Nike shoe commercial with basketball player LeBron James. In 2010 she made a commercial for the C&A campaign.[67] She appeared on the covers of numerous Cosmopolitan editions (British, Bulgarian, Croatian, Estonian, Italian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mexican, Mongolian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and others). Scherzinger frequently has appeared in FHM Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #49 in 2006, #22 in 2007, #49 in 2008, #60 in 2009, and #73 in 2010. In 2011 she jumped 64 places to rank #9.[68]


Scherzinger majored in acting and musical theatre at Wright State University, where she played Velma Kelly in Chicago and Julie La Verne in Show Boat.[18] She put her studies on hold in 1999 to sing backing vocals for the rock band, Days of the New.[69]

Scherzinger performing at the Tacoma Dome in Washington

In late 2009 it was reported that Scherzinger was working closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the musical Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.[70] Although she has not yet appeared in the show, her version of the title song – Love Never Dies – was played on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Monday 1st April 2011. [71]

On June 4, 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would take on the role of Maureen in the Hollywood Bowl production of the rock musical Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.[72] She played the role from August 6–8, 2010.

On October 28, 2010, Scherzinger took part in the 35th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” [73]

As part of the 25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Scherzinger performed the title song at The Royal Variety Performance – held in The Lowry, Manchester – on Monday 5th December 2011. She performed alongside four former Phantoms (Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter, John Owen-Jones and Ramin Karimloo). The performance was aired on ITV1 on Wednesday 14th December 2011.[74] Her performance received critical acclaim.

Reality television

In December 2009 Scherzinger served as a celebrity judge on NBC’s reality singing competition, The Sing-Off,[75] along with singer-songwriter Ben Folds and Boyz II Men bandmember Shawn Stockman. The show was hosted by singer Nick Lachey. Scherzinger’s role was to critique performances of the competitors and vote on eliminations in all but the final round, which was determined by audience vote. In the show finale, Scherzinger performed “You Don’t Own Me” with competition finalists the Beelzebubs of Tufts University. She returned to her role as judge for a second season of The Sing-Off in December 2010, but did not return for a third season.

Nicole Scherzinger at the New Jersey X Factor Auditions in June 2011

On March 1, 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would be a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars for the tenth season and would be partnered with Season 7 champion Derek Hough.[76] On May 25, 2010 Scherzinger won Dancing with the Stars season 10.[77]

On July 1, 2010, MTV reported the media mogul, Simon Cowell, had hired Scherzinger as a guest judge for the seventh series of the UK reality TV series The X Factor after regular judge, Dannii Minogue, went on maternity leave. According to The Daily Mail, she was one of several celebrities being considered for a role on the U.S. version of The X Factor, and so the role on the UK version served as an important screen test and opportunity to impress the producers.[78] Following praise from the show’s producers, Scherzinger was asked to return as a guest judge after it was discovered that Cole had contracted malaria and was unable to film the ‘bootcamp’ stages of the competition.[79] Fellow judge and permanent panel member Louis Walsh praised Scherzinger, saying “My favourite though was Nicole who I had never met before. This girl has the X Factor in every way. She just got it, was incredibly impressive and ticked every box.”[80] The host of the show, Dermot O’Leary, also praised Scherzinger, saying she was his favourite guest judge. “She was brilliant, tailor-made for it and hilarious too. We were all stunned by her beauty.”[81] Scherzinger left her mark on the competition after she persuaded producers to change the ages of the judging categories. An X Factor spokesman told the media that “At Nicole’s suggestion, and agreed by Simon and Louis, the boys’ and girls’ category age limit has been increased to 28. The judges believe this will strengthen the competition and talent.”[82] Additionally, it was reported that Scherzinger would be asked to help Cowell or Walsh during the “judges’ houses” stages of the competition where each judge is given a category of acts to mentor and then, with the help of other celebrities and musicians, they choose three acts to take through the live finals.[83] However, this proved to be wrong as Walsh chose Sharon Osbourne and and Cowell chose Sinitta.

On May 5, 2011, Scherzinger was announced as one of two co-hosts of the first season of Cowell’s U.S. version of The X Factor alongside Steve Jones. On June 6, a Fox press release announced Scherzinger would replace Cheryl Cole, whose contract had been terminated. As a result, Scherzinger joined the judging panel alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid, leaving Jones to host The X Factor by himself. The show premiered on Fox on September 21, 2011.[84]

On December 8, contestants Rachel Crow and Marcus Canty were in the bottom two and had to sing again to stay in the competition. Reid, Canty’s mentor, voted to send Crow home and Cowell and Abdul voted to send Canty home, thus leaving Scherzinger with the deciding vote. She made a move that surprised everyone involved by sending the vote to deadlock, meaning that the act who received the fewest number of public votes would be sent home. This was a controversial move because Canty had been in the bottom two for three weeks in a row, while Crow, who was long favored to make the final, had never before been in the bottom two. When Jones announced the result, Crow was revealed to have received fewer votes and was sent home, after which she and Scherzinger both broke into tears. Scherzinger was also booed by the studio audience after refusing to comment afterwards.[85] In an interview with E! Online, Cowell revealed that Scherzinger took the result to deadlock because she thought Canty had received the fewest votes.[86] Cowell’s statement was later confirmed by Scherzinger, according to The Hollywood Reporter.[87]

Personal life

Scherzinger considers herself to be a devout Catholic.[88] After a three-year relationship and engagement to 311 singer, Nick Hexum, as well as a brief relationship with reality TV star, Talan Torriero, Scherzinger began dating 2008 Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton in 2008. She had met Hamilton at the European Music Awards in Munich in November 2007. They went public at the Monaco Grand Prix six months later. The couple split in January 2010 when they had been together for 20 months. However, in July 2011 Scherzinger’s father, Alfonso Valiente, confirmed the couple were engaged. And on Friday 21 October 2011, it was reported that the couple had split again. Scherzinger and Hamilton continued seeing each other though and on Friday 2 December 2011 their reunion was reported. The couple blamed their hectic lifestyles for the on-off relationship. [89][90][91]

Over the past five years, Scherzinger has been ranked in Maxim‘s Hot 100 at 22 and 21 in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In 2008 she ranked at number 19 along with the Pussycat Dolls. In 2009 she ranked at number 49[92] and in 2010 at number 24.[93]


Concert tours

  • Trust Me I Lie Tour (2012)



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Popstars Herself Contestant, Season 1
2003 Half & Half Jasmine
My Wife & Kids Veronica The Kyles Go to Hawaii: Part 1,2
2007 Cane Nicole 1 episode, “Family Business”
2007-2011 The X Factor (UK) Performer/Judge/Expert 9 episodes (credited with 3) and Xtra Factor 6 episodes (uncredited)[94]
2008 Gossip Girl Performer (with The Pussycat Dolls) uncredited
2009–2010 The Sing-Off Judge Seasons 1–2; 9 episodes
2009 Keeping Up With The Kardashians Herself (with the Pussycat Dolls) Uncredited
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant and winner
How I Met Your Mother Jessica Glitter 1 episode, “Glitter”
2011 Danse avec les stars Guest Season 1 Final of Dancing with the Stars (France)
Big Time Rush Herself 2 Episodes
The X Factor US Herself Judge, Season 1 (September 21, 2011–December 22, 2011)


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Love Don’t Cost a Thing Champagne Girl
Chasing Papi Miss Puerto Rico
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle Dancer/Herself (with the The Pussycat Dolls) uncredited
2005 Be Cool
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer Performer uncredited
2012 Men in Black III Lily Post-production

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Event Award Result
2010 Nicole Scherzinger Virgin Media Music Awards Hottest Female[95] Nominated
2011 Nicole Scherzinger Italian TRL Awards Best Look[96] Nominated


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Alessandra Ambrosio- Alessandra Corine Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Alessandra Ambrosio

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Alessandra Ambrósio

Alessandra Ambrosio at Armani A|X, June 9, 2007, New York City.
Born Alessandra Corine Ambrósio
April 11, 1981
Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Other names Ale[1]
Occupation Model
Years active 1996–present
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)[2]
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Measurements 34B-25-34(US)
86-64-87 (EU)[2]
Weight 112 lb / 51 kg[1]
Dress size 2 US/32 EU[3]
Agency Storm Model Management
Marylin Agency
Model Management Hamburg
Children Anja Louise Ambrósio Mazur (b. August 24, 2008)

Alessandra Corine Ambrósio (Portuguese pronunciation: [aleˈsɐ̃dɾɐ ɐ̃ˈbɾɔzju]; born April 11, 1981)[4] is a Brazilian model. Ambrosio is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and was chosen as the first spokesmodel for the company’s “PINK” line. Ambrosio is currently one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and has modeled for brands such as Next, Armani Exchange, Christian Dior, and Ralph Lauren.

Aside from modeling work, Ambrosio serves as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.[5] Ambrosio was also selected by as Number 2 out of the “Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2008”.[6]



  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Modeling
      • 2.1.1 Victoria’s Secret
    • 2.2 Television & film appearances
    • 2.3 Public media
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

 Early life

Ambrosio was born in Erechim, Brazil on April 11, 1981. Her parents, who are of Italian and Polish Brazilian descent, own a petrol station.[7][8] Ambrósio was just eight years old when she decided that she wanted to be a model, after seeing a picture of top covergirl Karen Mulder in a magazine: “I wanted to be like her”, she recalls.[citation needed] She enrolled at a modelling class at the age of 12 and at the age of 14 she was one of 20 finalists for an elite modelling competition in Brazil.[8] Ambrosio was always insecure about her large ears and at eleven had cosmetic surgery to get her ears pinned back, though two years later she suffered complications.[9] In 2006, she appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, and said that the surgery was a bad experience and has discouraged her from ever getting plastic surgery again.[10]



When Ambrosio was 12 years old, she enrolled in modeling classes, and then began modeling for Dilson Stein at age 15.[8][11] Winning Brazil’s Elite Model Look started her modeling career in earnest.[3] Her first notable modeling job was the cover of Brazilian Elle magazine.[1] Elite passed along some of her Polaroids to Guess which led her booking the Millennium GUESS? campaign along with friend and fellow Brazilian Ana Beatriz Barros.[12] She has since appeared in advertisements for brands like Revlon, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren, as well as the Pirelli Calendar.[8][13] She has walked the catwalks for designers such as Prada, Chanel, and Oscar de la Renta.[8][11] She has appeared in numerous international magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Ocean Drive, Vogue and the only model to appear on the cover of Glamour in the United States in 2006.[3][7]

In 2004, Ambrosio launched her line of swimwear called Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais, a division of Rosa Chá. It sold 10,000 units in only its first month on the market.[11][14][15]

Ambrosio was the face for the UK company Next[16] and starred in their first television campaign in 12 years.[17] She is also signed to Storm Model Management in London.[citation needed]

On the July, 2009 cover of Marie Claire, Ambrosio appeared in a spread with Sacha Baron Cohen to promote Baron Cohen’s 2009 film Brüno.[18]

Ambrosio, became the face of Brazilian sportswear brand Colcci costarring with Ashton Kutcher in a steamy denim ad.[19] She was ranked No. 5 on Forbes’ The World’s Top-Earning Models list, with an estimated earnings of $5 million over the past 12 months (2010–2011).[19]

In October 2011, Ambrosio became Vogue’s blogger, commenting on her wardrobe by posting one photo of herself each day for a month.[20]

Victoria’s Secret

She appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the first time in 2000.[citation needed] By 2004, she was selected as the first spokesmodel for the Victoria’s Secret “PINK” line[7] and signed an exclusive “Angel” contract with the brand, being introduced as one at the “Angels Across America” Tour.[citation needed] In 2005, she walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway wearing lingerie made entirely out of candy.[21] In the 2008 edition of the Fashion Show, she walked the runway three months after giving birth to her first child.[22][dead link] She was chosen to open the 2009 show. The 2011 show saw her wearing the heaviest wings (30 lb) ever made for the show.[23]

 Television & film appearances

Ambrosio has made several television appearances, notably a cameo as herself on HBO’s Entourage along with Izabel Goulart; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn; Late Night with Conan O’Brien;Germanys next topmodel; as guest judge on Project Runway season 2: Team Lingerie and The Tyra Banks Show, where she was a guest twice. She appeared alongside TV personality, Regis Philbin in a worldwide commercial for Hummer H2.[citation needed] In 2006, she had a cameo on the box-office hit movie, Casino Royale appearing briefly as Tennis Girl #1.[3][24]

Ambrosio guest-starred on How I Met Your Mother (episode: “The Yips”) on November 26, 2007 with her fellow Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks, Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr, and Heidi Klum.

 Public media

Ambrosio’s Angel status has brought her to the public’s attention, and she is often cited by the popular media as one of the world’s sexiest women.[25] As an Angel, she was chosen as one of People magazine’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” in May 2007.[26] Ambrosio is among the world’s top-earning models.[27][28]

 Personal life

On August 24, 2008, Ambrosio and her fiancé, Californian businessman Jamie Mazur, had their first child, a daughter named Anja Louise Ambrosio Mazur,[29] in Florianopolis, Brazil. On December 27, 2011, Ambrosio’s rep confirmed the couple is expecting their second child. [30]

She is the National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.[5]


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Top Beauties -Rosario Dawson


Rosario Dawson

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Rosario Dawson

Dawson in 2009
Born Rosario Isabel Dawson
May 9, 1979
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, writer
Years active 1995–present
Official website

Rosario Isabel Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Clerks II, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Unstoppable.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Dawson was born in New York City to Isabel Celeste, a writer and singer of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent, and Patrick C. Harris. Isabel was seventeen years old when Rosario was born, and Patrick left the family when Rosario was a year old.[1][2] When Isabel was eighteen, she married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who “loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter”[1] (Dawson has stated that “He’s always been my dad”).[2] Dawson has a brother, Clay, who is four years younger. Her parents divorced in 2006.

At the age of 26, Dawson’s mother moved the family into an abandoned building squat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she and her husband gut renovated an apartment and installed the plumbing and electrical wiring for the building, creating affordable housing where their family and two children would grow up. Dawson has cited this when explaining how she learned “If you wanted something better, you had to do it yourself.”[3][4]


As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street. At the age of 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Harmony lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids. She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent, He Got Game, and Men in Black II.[5][6][7][8][9]

In 1999, Dawson teamed up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit “1999.”[10] The new remixed version featured the actress in an introductory voice over, offering commentary on the state of the world in the year before the new millennium.[11] The same year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers’ video for the song “Out of Control” from the album Surrender.[12] She is also featured on the track “She Lives In My Lap” from the second disc of the OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end. In 2001, she appeared in the movie, Josie and the Pussycats.

Dawson researching her role in Eagle Eye, 2007

Dawson starred as Naturelle Rivera, the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee film drama, 25th Hour. In the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander, she played the bride of Alexander the Great. In the autumn of 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theater’s “Shakespeare in the Park” revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona.[13] It was her first appearance on stage. “That park is so beautiful,” she said of New York’s Central Park.[14]

In the film adaptation of the popular musical Rent in 2005, she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez, replacing Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was pregnant and unable to play the part. She also appeared in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, portraying Gail, a prostitute-dominatrix. Also in that year, she appeared in a graphically violent scene in the Rob Zombie film The Devil’s Rejects. Though the scene was cut from the final film, it is available in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.

Dawson at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

She starred as Becky in 2006’s Clerks II, and mentioned in Back to the Well, the making-of documentary, that the donkey show sequence was what made her decide to take the role. In May of the same year, Dawson, an avid comic book fan, co-created the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce.[15] She was at the 2007 Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino throwback movie Death Proof in 2007, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grind House. She teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent.[16] On July 7, 2007, Dawson presented at the American leg of Live Earth.

In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith in Seven Pounds and in the Steven Spielberg produced Eagle Eye. Beginning in August, she starred in Gemini Division, an online TV series. In the computer animated series Afterworld she voiced the character Officer Delondre Baines.[17] On January 17, 2009, Dawson hosted Saturday Night Live. Later in the year, she voiced Artemis of Bana-Mighdall in the animated film Wonder Woman.[18]

In 2009, Dawson performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.[19]

In 2009, Dawson also voiced the character of Velvet Von Black in Rob Zombie’s animated feature, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto.

For the Kasabian album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, she is featured singing on the track “West Ryder Silver Bullet”.

In 2010, she starred in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as Persephone, and Unstoppable, as railway yardmaster Connie.

Personal life

Dawson dated former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for two years. They lived together in Los Angeles until they separated in November 2006.[20]

Dawson at the 2008 Willow Awards

Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club[21][22] and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Stay (a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump),[23] International Rescue Committee, and Voto Latino,[24][24][25] and she participated in the Vagina Monologues. She is on the V-Day Board. She attended both the Democratic National Convention as well as the Republican National Convention in 2008. In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints,[26][27] involving Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign,[28] a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence.

Dawson is a supporter of Arsenal Football Club. On February 16, 2011, before an Arsenal FC vs FC Barcelona UEFA Champions League match, Dawson wrote on her official Twitter account: “I’ll be happy with either team winning cuz I love them both but yes I’m a Gunner first & foremost sooooo #gooooArsenal.”[29]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Kids Ruby
1997 Girls’ Night Out Girl Short Film
1998 He Got Game Lala Bonilla
Side Streets Marisol Hidalgo
1999 Light It Up Stephanie Williams
2000 Down to You Lana
King of the Jungle Veronica
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Valerie Brown
Sidewalks of New York Maria Tedesko
Trigger Happy Dee
Chelsea Walls Audrey
2002 Ash Wednesday Grace Quinonez
Men in Black II Laura Vasquez
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Dina Lake
25th Hour Naturelle Riviera
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Alisa
Love in the Time of Money Anna
2003 V-Day: Until the Violence Stops Herself Documentary
This Girl’s Life Martine
Shattered Glass Andy Fox
The Rundown Mariana
2004 Alexander Roxana
This Revolution Tina Santiago
2005 Sin City Gail
Little Black Dress Haley Short Film
Rent Mimi Marquez
2006 Clerks II Rebecca “Becky” Scott
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Laurie
2007 Grindhouse: Death Proof Abernathy Ross
Descent Maya Also Producer
Robot Chicken Clara Palmer TV Series: 1 Episode
2008 Explicit Ills Babo’s Mom
Eagle Eye Zoe Perez
Gemini Division Anna Diaz TV Series: 30 episodes
Also Executive Producer
Seven Pounds Emily Posa NAACP Image Award For Best Actress
2009 Killshot Donna
Wonder Woman Artemis Voice Only
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Velvet Von Black Voice Only
Un-broke: What You Need To Know About Money Herself TV Movie
SpongeBob’s Truth or Square Herself TV Series: 1 Episode
The People Speak Herself Documentary
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Persephone
Unstoppable Connie Hooper
2011 Zookeeper Kate
Girl Walks Into a Bar June
Miss Representation Herself Documentary
Ten Year Mary
2012 Gimme Shelter June Bailey
Fire with Fire Talia Durham
2013 Trance Pre-Production

Awards and nominations

  • ALMA Awards
  • 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • American Black Film Festival
  • 2004, Rising Star Award Won
  • Black Movie Awards
  • 2006, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Rent) Nominated
  • Black Reel Awards
  • 2006, Best Actress (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Ensemble (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress (Sin City) Nominated
  • 2003, Best Supporting Actress (25th Hour) Nominated
  • 2000, Best Actress (Light It Up) Nominated
  • Broadcast Film Critics
  • 2006, Best Song (Rent) “Seasons of Love” Nominated
  • Image Awards
  • 2009, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Seven Pounds) Won
  • 2006, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • 2000, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Light It Up) Nominated
  • MTV Movie Awards
  • 2006, Best Kiss (Sin City) Nominated
  • Satellite Awards
  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress Comedy or Musical (Rent) Won
  • Spike Video Game Awards
  • 2006, Gamer’s Choice: Breakthrough Performance Won
  • Streamy Awards
  • 2009, Best Female Actor in a Dramatic Web Series Won
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • 2001, Film – Choice Breakout Performance (Josie and the Pussycats) Nominated
  • 2010, Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) Nominated[30]


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  11. ^ “Prince & The Revolution – The New Master Lyrics”. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
  12. ^ “ – August 1999”. Retrieved 2007-04-05. “Starring Rosario Dawson of “Kids” and “He Got Game” as a cola-brandishing rebel, the new video is said to deal with a revolution in a fictional Latin American banana republic.”
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  28. ^ Rosario Dawson Online (2007-04-26). “Rosario Dawson joins the RESPECT! Campaign”. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  29. ^!/rosariodawson
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TOP Beauties- Penelope Cruz


Penélope Cruz

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Cruz and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.
Penélope Cruz
The photo shows a close-up of a Spanish woman with her brown highlight hair clipped behind her ears. The woman is wearing eyeliner and lipgloss as well as pink and white colored dangling earrings on both her ears. She is wearing a strapless black dress with black feathers. In the background, a blonde woman can be seen as well as a red curtain.
Cruz promoting Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Born Penélope Cruz Sánchez
April 28, 1974 (age 37)
Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse Javier Bardem (2010–present)
Children 1

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974) is a Spanish actress. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000). Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in Vanilla Sky and Blow. Both films were released in 2001 and were commercially successful worldwide.

In the 2000s she has appeared in films from a wide range of genres, including the comedy Waking Up in Reno (2002), the thriller Gothika (2003), the Christmas movie Noel (2004), the action adventure Sahara (2005), the animated G-Force and the musical drama Nine. Her most notable films to date 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. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[1][2]

Cruz has modeled for companies such as Mango, Ralph Lauren and L’Oréal. Penélope and her younger sister Mónica Cruz have designed items for Mango. She has donated both her time and money to charities. Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India, where she spent one week working for Mother Teresa; she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the late nun’s mission.

 Early life

Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Alcobendas, Community of Madrid, Spain, the daughter of Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser and personal manager, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic.[3][4]On her grandmother side, Cruz is of Gypsy descent [5] [6] . She was raised Roman Catholic.[7] Throughout her childhood, Cruz lived in Alcobendas, a working-class town, although she spent “a lot” of time at her grandmother’s apartment.[4] Cruz is the oldest of three siblings;[4] she has a younger brother, Eduardo, who is a singer, and a younger sister, Mónica, who is an actress.[8] She has said that she had a happy childhood, and Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes described Cruz’s childhood as a “simple life.”[4] In a foreshadowing way, Cruz remembers when she was four years old, “playing with some friends and being aware that I was acting as I was playing with them—I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else.”[9]

Initially, Cruz had no ambition to be an actress and focused on dance,[4] having studied classical ballet for nine years[8] at Spain’s National Conservatory.[10] She received three years of Spanish ballet training and four years of theater at Cristina Rota’s New York school.[11][12] She commented that “I used to take my toenails—they would die from dancing—so I would just take the whole toenail and throw it away, and not feel anything,” however, ballet instilled in her discipline that would be important in her future acting career.[13] She became a fan of movies at age 10 or 11. With no movie theaters nearby, her first relationship with cinema was watching movies on Betamax. Her father bought this “[Betamax] machine”, of which Cruz recalls that it was very rare to own one in her neighborhood at the time.[9]

When Cruz was a teenager, she began having an interest in acting after seeing the film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.[4][14] She began doing casting calls for an agent, but was rejected multiple times because the agent felt that she was too young.[4][15] Cruz commented on the experience that “I was very extroverted as a kid. […] I was studying when I was in high school at night, I was in ballet and I was doing castings. I looked for an agent and she sent me away three times because I was a little girl but I kept coming back. I’m still with her after all these years.”[15] In 1989, at the age of 15, Cruz won an audition at a talent agency over more than 300 other girls.[10] In 1999, Katrina Bayonas, Cruz’s agent, commented, “She was absolutely magic [at the audition]. It was obvious there was something very impressive about this kid. […] She was very green, but there was a presence. There was just something coming from within.”[10]

Cruz with her agent, Katrina Bayonas

 Acting career

 Early work, 1989–1996

In 1989, 15 year-old Cruz made her acting debut in a music video for the Spanish pop group Mecano’s song “La Fuerza del Destino”. Between 1990 and 1997, she hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco’s talk show La Quinta Marcha, a program that was hosted by teenagers, aimed at a teenage audience.[10] She also played in the Elle et lui episode of an erotic French TV series called Série rose in 1991, where she appeared totally naked.[16] In 1992, Cruz made her feature film debut at 18 as the lead female role in the comedy drama art house film, Jamón, jamón.[10] In the film, she portrayed Silvia, a young woman who is expecting her first child with a man whose mother does not approve of the relationship and attempts to sabotage it by paying Javier Bardem’s character to seduce her. People magazine noted that after Cruz appeared topless in the film, she became “a major sex symbol.”[10] In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News in 1999, Cruz commented that “it was a great part, but…I wasn’t really ready for the nudity. […] But I have no regrets because I wanted to start working and it changed my life.”[10] Charlie Ross of 60 Minutes noted that Cruz “became an overnight sensation as much for her nude scenes as for her talent.”[13] When Ross asked Cruz if she was concerned about how she would be perceived after her role in the film, Cruz replied, “I just knew I had to do the complete opposite.”[13]

Jamón, jamón received broadly favorable reviews,[17] with Chris Hicks of the Deseret News describing Cruz’s portrayal of Silvia as “enchanting.”[18] Writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, film critic Roger Ebert wrote “[The film] stars actors of considerable physical appeal, most particularly Penelope Cruz as Silvia.”[19] For her performance, Cruz was nominated for a Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award and a Goya Award for Best Actress. The same year she appeared in the Academy-Award winning Belle Epoque as the virginal Luz.[10] People magazine noted that Cruz’s role as Luz showed that she was versatile.[10] From 1993 to 1996, Cruz appeared in ten Spanish and Italian films.[20] At 20, she went to live in New York for two years at Christopher and Greenwich to study ballet and English between movies. She recalls learning English “kinda of late” only knowing the dialogue she had learned for the casting beyond that, she could only say, “How are you?” and “Thank you.”[9]

 Early critical success, 1997–2000

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Cruz at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1997, Cruz appeared in the Spanish comedy film Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health. She portrays Diana, a fan of The Beatles band member John Lennon; she tries unsuccessfully to meet him. Years later, after multiple failed relationships, Diana re-unites with an acquaintance under unusual circumstances.[21] Also in 1997, she appeared in the opening scene of Pedro Almodóvar’s Live Flesh as a prostitute who gives birth on a bus[10] and in Et hjørne af paradis (A Corner of Paradise) as Doña Helena. Cruz’s final appearance in 1997 was the Amenabar-directed Spanish sci-fi drama Open Your Eyes. She plays Sofia, the girlfriend of lead character’s best friend, who eventually begins a brief relationship with the lead character. Open Your Eyes received positive reviews[22] but was not commercially successful, grossing $370,000 in the United States.[23] Kevin N. Laforest of the Montreal Film Journal commented in his September 2002 review that Cruz “has been getting some really bad reviews for her recent American work, but I personally think that she’s a more than decent actress, especially here, where she’s charming, moving and always believable. […] There’s one shot in particular, where Cruz enters a room in a greenish glow, which is right out of Hitchcock’s picture [Vertigo].”[24]

The following year, Cruz appeared in her first American film as Billy Crudup’s consolation-prize Mexican girlfriend in Stephen Frears’ western film, The Hi-Lo Country.[10] Cruz stated that she had difficulties understanding people speaking English while she was filming The Hi-Lo Country.[10] The film was critically and commercially unsuccessful.[25][26] Kevin Lally of the Film Journal International commented in his review for the film that “in an ironic casting twist, the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz […] is much more appealing as Josepha [than in her previous roles].”[27] For her performance in the film, she was nominated for an ALMA Award for Best Actress. Also in 1998 Cruz appeared in Don Juan and The Girl of Your Dreams.

In The Girl of Your Dreams, Cruz portrayed Macarena Granada, a singer who is in an on-and-off relationship with Antonio Resines’s character, Blas. They are part of a movie troupe that moved from Spain to Berlin (Germany) for a joint production with UFA during the years of Nazis. Cruz’s performance in the film was praised by film critics, with Jonathan Holloland of Variety magazine writing “if confirmation is still needed that Cruz is an actress first and a pretty face second, then here it is.”[28] A writer for Film4 commented that “Cruz herself is the inevitable focus of the film” but noted that overall the film “looks great.”[29] Cruz’s role as Macerna has been viewed as her “largest role to date.”[10] For her performance, Cruz received a Goya Award and Spanish Actors Union Award, and was nominated for a European Film Award.[citation needed] In 1999, Cruz worked with Almodóvar again in All About My Mother, playing Sister María Rosa Sanz, a pregnant nun with AIDS.[10] The film received favorable reviews,[30] and was commercially successful, grossing over $67 million worldwide, although it performed better at the box office internationally than domestically.[31]

In 2000, she appeared in Woman on Top in the lead female role as Isabelle, a world-class chef who has suffered from motion sickness since birth, her first American lead role.[10] Lisa Nesselson of Variety magazine praised the performances of both Cruz and her co-star, Harold Perrineau, saying they “burst off the screen,” and added that Cruz has a charming accent.[32] BBC film critic Jane Crowther said that “Cruz is wonderfully ditzy as the innocent abroad” but remarked that “it’s Harold Perrineau Jr as Monica who pockets the movie.”[33] Annlee Ellingson of Box Office magazine wrote “Cruz is stunning in the role—innocent and vulnerable yet possessing a mature grace and determined strength, all while sizzling with unchecked sensuality.”[34] Also in 2000, she played Alejandra Villarreal, who is Matt Damon’s love interest in Billy Bob Thornton’s film adaptation of the western bestselling novel, All the Pretty Horses.[10] Susan Stark of the Detroit News commented that in the film Thornton was able to guide Damon, Henry Thomas and Cruz to “their most impressive performances in a major movie yet.”[35] However, Bob Longigo of the Atlanta Journal Constitution was less enthusiastic about Cruz and Damon’s performance, saying that their “resulting onscreen chemistry would hardly warm a can of beans.”[36]

 Breakthrough, 2001–2005

2001 marked a turning point when Cruz starred in the feature films Vanilla Sky and Blow. In Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe’s interpretation of Open Your Eyes, she played Sofia Serrano, the love interest of Tom Cruise’s character. The film received mixed reviews[37] but made $200 million worldwide.[38] Her performance was well received by critics, with BBC film critic Brandon Graydon saying that Cruz “is an enchanting screen presence,”[39] and Ethan Alter of the Film Journal International noting that Cruz and her co-star Cruise were “able to generate some actual chemistry.”[40] Her next film was Blow, adapted from Bruce Porter’s 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All. She had a supporting role as Mirtha Jung, the wife of Johnny Depp’s character. The film received mixed reviews,[41] but made $80 million worldwide.[42] Nina Willdorf of the Boston Phoenix described Cruz as “multi-talented”[43] and Mark Salvo of the Austin Chronicle wrote “I may be one of the last male holdouts to join the Cruz-Rules camp, but her tour de force performance here sucks you right in.”[44]

In 2001, she also appeared in Don’t Tempt Me, playing Carmen Ramos. The film received negative reviews.[45] Jeff Vice of the Deseret News commented that “unfortunately, casting Cruz as a tough girl is a hilariously bad [idea]…”[46] and Michael Miller of the Village Voice writing that “as Satan’s helper Carmen, Penélope Cruz doesn’t hold a candle to her cocaine-huffing enabler in Blow.”[47] Cruz’s last film in 2001 was Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, film adaption of the novel of the same name. She played Pelagia, who falls in love with another man while her fiancé is in battle during World War II. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was not well received by critics,[48] but made $62 million worldwide.[49] In 2002, she had a minor role in Waking Up in Reno. It had negative reviews[50] and was a box office failure, making $267,000 worldwide.[51] The following year, Cruz had a minor role in the horror film Gothika, as Chloe Sava, a patient at a mental hospital. David Rooney of Variety wrote that Cruz “adds a serviceably malevolent edge to Chole’s apparent madness.”[52] Cruz’s performance in Fanfan la Tulipe, also in 2003, was not well received, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian commenting that Cruz “deserves a special Cannes Razzie for a performance of purest teak.”[53]

In 2004, Cruz appeared in the Christmas film Noel as Nina, the girlfriend of Paul Walker’s character[54] and as Mia in the romantic drama, Head in the Clouds, set in the 1930s.[55] Head in the Clouds performed poorly at the box office.[56] For Head in the Clouds, Bruce Birkland of Jam! Canoe said, “The story feels forced and the performances dreary, with the notable exception of Cruz, who seems to be in a different film from the rest of the cast.”[57] Desson Thompson of the Washington Post was more critical; his comment about the character’s “pronounced limp” was that “Cruz (hardly the world’s greatest actress) can’t even perform without looking fake.”[55] She also starred in Sergio Castellitto’s melodrama Don’t Move.[58] Cruz, who learned Italian for the role, earned critical acclaim for her performance and won the David di Donatello.[59] She was also awarded the European Film Award for Best Actress for the film in 2004.[60]

In 2005, Cruz appeared as Dr Eva Rojas in the action adventure Sahara. She earned $1.6 million for her supporting role.[61] The film grossed $110 million worldwide but did not recoup its $160 million budget. Moviefone dubbed the film “one of the most famous flops in history” and in 2007, listed it at 24 on its list of “Biggest Box-Office Turkeys of All Time”.[62] Lori Hoffman of the Atlantic City Weekly felt Cruz put her “considerable [acting] skills on cruise control as Dr Eva Rojas”[63] and James Berardnelli of ReelViews described Cruz’s performance as a “black hole,” that she “lacks screen presence.”[64] Also in 2005, Cruz appeared in Chromophobia, screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and released the following year. Mathew Turner of View London said Cruz’s character Gloria, a cancer-riddled prostitute, is “actually more interesting than the main storyline”[65] while Time Evan’s of Sky Movies wrote, “The Cruz/Ifans storyline – featuring the only two remotely sympathetic characters – never really fuses with the main plot.”[66] Her final 2005 film was Don’t Move playing Italia. Eric Harrison of the Houston Chronicle noted that Cruz “goes all out” with her appearance[67] and Patrick Peters of Empire magazine commented that the film’s director, who also appears in the film, was able to draw a “sensitive performance” from Cruz.[68]

Worldwide recognition, 2006–present

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Cruz with Volver director Pedro Almodovar at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Cruz appeared alongside her good friend Salma Hayek in the 2006 Western comedy film, Bandidas, as María Álvarez, a poor farm girl who robs banks with a wealthy friend to combat an enforcer terrorizing their town. Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic said the film “sports” Cruz and her co-star Salma Hayek as the “lusty dream team” and that they were the “marketing fantasy” for the film.[69] A writer for called Cruz and Hayek the “demand curves” of the film.[70] Also in 2006, Cruz received favourable reviews for her performance as Raimunda in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver. The film was well received by critics and on multiple top ten film lists for 2006.[71] Carina Chocano of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Cruz, who has remarked that in Hollywood she’s rarely allowed to be anything more than pretty, instills her with an awesome resoluteness and strength of character.”[72] Jan Stuart of Newsday described Cruz as having “never been more radiant and funny.”[73] IGN film critic Todd Gilchrist praised Cruz, saying her “performance is nothing short of revelatory” and that “Here, she finds the best role of her career, and leaps in with complete commitment.”[74] She shared a Best Actress award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival with five of her co-stars, as well as receiving a Goya Award and European Film Award, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. She was the first Spaniard to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.[14]

In 2007, Cruz appeared in the lead female role in Manolete, a biopic of bullfighter Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, playing Antoñita “Lupe” Sino. She also appeared in The Good Night, playing two characters, Anna and Melody. The film received negative reviews[75] and did not perform well at the box office.[76] TV Guide film critic Maitland McDonagh noted that in the film Cruz “expertly mines the contrast between chic, compliant, white-clad Anna and funky, street-smart Melody, who treats [Martin Freeman’s character] Gary like the world-class drag he is.”[77] David Edelstein of New York Magazine said “Cruz shows up in the flesh, and she’s wonderfully tart and funny.”[78] In 2008, Cruz appeared in Isabel Coixet’s film Elegy, which was based on the Philip Roth story The Dying Animal, as the lead female role, Consuela Castillo.[79] The film generated mixed to positive reviews,[80] and appeared on multiple film critics’ top ten film lists for 2008.[71] Ray Bennett of the Hollywood Reporter described Cruz’s performance as being “outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy [film]”[81] and MSNBC film critic Alonso Duralde praised Cruz and her co-star, Ben Kingsley, writing that they give “extraordinary performances” in the film.[82]

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Cruz at the 81st Academy Awards

Later that year, she starred in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona as María Elena, a mentally unstable woman. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian praised Cruz’s performance in the film, commenting, “Cruz looks as if she has wandered in from a more hefty film entirely; everything she does and says seems to mean more, count for more. This isn’t to say that she gets bigger laughs, or perhaps any laughs, but she certainly walks off with the film.”[83] Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter remarked that the film “belongs” to Cruz and her co-star Bardem.[84] Todd McCarthy of Variety magazine felt that Cruz’s performance was “dynamite” in both of the languages she spoke.[85] A writer for described Cruz as having planted “relentless growth” in the film.[86] Cruz received a Goya Award and her first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. Cruz was the first Spanish actress to ever be awarded an Academy Award in that category[87] and the sixth Hispanic person to ever receive the award.[88]

Cruz’s next film was the kid-friendly G-Force, which was released to theaters in July 2009.[89] In the film, she voiced a guinea pig spy named Juarez.[89] G-Force was a commercial success, making over $290 million worldwide.[90] Also in 2009, she appeared in the film Broken Embraces as Lena, the lead character’s mistress and assistant who is an aspiring actress. Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times wrote “Cruz, so lovely she hardly seems real, makes Lena both vulnerable and steely. Lena’s life, it seems, is turning into a movie that she can’t escape, as men and cameras seem to blur together and her dazzling smile becomes little defense.”[91] Claudia Puig of USA Today described Cruz’s performance as Lena as being “superb.”[92] Stephanie Zacharek of noted in her review for the film that Cruz “doesn’t coast on her beauty in Broken Embraces, and she has the kind of role that can be difficult to flesh out.”[93] Cruz received nominations from the Satellite Awards and European Film Awards for her performance in Broken Embraces.

Cruz’s final 2009 film was the film version of the musical Nine, playing the character Carla Albanese, the lead character’s mistress. Variety reported that Cruz had originally auditioned for the role of the film within a film’s star,[94] Claudia, which eventually went to Nicole Kidman. Cruz said that she trained for three months for the dance routine in the film.[87] The film generated negative reviews[95] and was a financial failure.[96] Claudia Puig of USA Today commented that while Cruz “does a steamy song and dance,” her “acting is strangely caricatured.”[97] Chris Tookey of the Daily Mail made a similar comment, saying: “I know Penelope Cruz has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her camp vamp act, but to me she is unnervingly over the top [in this film], like Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli in drag.”[98] F. Bernal of commented, “In terms of its ability to integrate with luck in the cast of a musical, it is clear that Penelope does a good note [in the film].”[99] Cruz’s performance as Carla garnered her nominations for Best Supporting Actress from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

Cruz at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2011

In 2010, Cruz appeared in the film Sex and the City 2, the sequel to the 2008 film, in a cameo role.[100][101] Cruz appeared in her biggest Hollywood turn to date,[58] in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, as Angelica, Blackbeard’s daughter and the former love interest of Captain Jack Sparrow. This film had Cruz and director Rob Marshall reuniting once more since the film Nine. On 1 April 2011, prior to the film’s release, Cruz received the 2,436th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre. She became the first Spanish actress to receive a Star.[1][102] Her upcoming roles include Woody Allen’s Nero Fiddled,[103] and she is set to reunite with Italian director Sergio Castellitto in his war tale Venuto al Mondo as Gemma, a single mother who brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where the boy’s father died during the Balkan War. The film is based on an Italian bestseller. The part is a switch for Cruz, who has until now mostly been sliding between Hollywood- and Spain-based movies. “I like that it’s a movie that’s not Spanish or English. […] I love this part of the job that lets you become someone else with a different nationality.”[58] In an interview with the Italian publication La Repubblica, Cruz commented on playing Gemma, saying, “I feel as an actress Gemma will be playing one of the most important opportunities of my life.”[104] After being shelved since 2007, Cruz’s film Manolete (originally shot in 2005, four years before Cruz won her Oscar for Vicky Cristina Barcelona[105]) released on demand via cable, satellite, telco and online in June 7, 2011 under the title A Matador’s Mistress.[106][107]

Public image

The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman.[108]

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[109] and L’Oreal mascara products.[110] Cruz appears in television and print ads for the company. She receives $2 million a year for her work for the company.[10] Cruz has appeared in print ads for Mango[111] and had a contract with Ralph Lauren in 2001.[10][112] Cruz and her sister designed their second collection for Mango in 2007.[15] It was inspired by Brigitte Bardot and summers in St Tropez.[15] Cruz said: “It’s been a really good collaboration because they’re a great Spanish company and they give us a lot of [creative] freedom. My sister and I have a great time working on the designs.”[15]

Cruz ranked as No. 58 in Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2007 list, and was chosen by Empire magazine as being one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world.[108][113] Penelope was also ranked on’s Most Desirable Women of 2008 at No. 26, in 2009 at No. 25,[108] and in 2010 at No. 7.[114] In April 2010, she replaced Kate Winslet as the new face and ambassador of Lancôme’s Trésor fragrance.[115] Lancôme has signed Cruz as the brand’s third superstar spokesmodel, along with Julia Roberts and Winslet. The campaign was shot by Mario Testino at Paris’s Hotel de Crillon and debuted in the fall 2010.[116]

In 2010, Cruz was a guest editor for the French Vogue magazine, focusing on larger-size models in a provocative photo shoot.[117] Vanity Fair asked them to pose for a Hollywood issue in 2010. Almodovar described her as his muse.[118] On the cover of Spanish Vogue’s December 2010 issue, she agreed to be photographed by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh only if her pregnancy not be shown.[119] In 2011, The Telegraph reported the most sought after body parts of the rich and famous revealed by two Hollywood plastic surgeons who carried out a survey among their patients to build up the picture of the perfect woman. Under the category of the most sought after body shape Penelope Cruz, known for her voluptuous figure, was voted as having the top body with Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Aniston finishing the top three.[120] Men’s Health named her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”, ranking her at No. 32.[121]


Cruz has donated money and time to charity. In addition to work in Nepal, she has volunteered in Uganda and India, where she spent a week working for Mother Teresa that included assisting in a leprosy clinic.[122] That trip inspired Cruz to help start a foundation to support homeless girls in India, where she sponsors two young women.[122] She donated her salary from her first Hollywood movie, The Hi-Lo Country, to Mother Teresa’s mission.[112][122] In the early 2000s, she spent time in Nepal photographing Tibetan children for an exhibition attended by the Dalai Lama. She also photographed residents at the Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home, most of whom are former gang members and recovering substance abusers.[122] She said: “These kids break my heart. I have to control myself not to cry. Not out of pity, but seeing how tricky life is and how hard it is to make the right choices.”[122] A pregnant Cruz showed her support for the battle against AIDS by lighting up the Empire State Building with red lights in New York City December 1, 2010 on International AIDS Day, as part of (RED)’s new awareness campaign, ‘An AIDS Free Generation is Due in 2015,’ which aims to eradicate the HIV virus from pregnant mothers to their babies.[119]

 Personal life

Cruz is friends with Pedro Almodovar, whom she has known for almost two decades and with whom she has worked on films.[118] Cruz is known to friends as Pe.[12][15] Cruz owns a clothing store in Madrid and designed jewelry and handbags with her younger sister for a company in Japan.[8]

Cruz had a three-year relationship with Tom Cruise after they appeared together in Vanilla Sky. It ended in January 2004.[122][123] In April 2003, she filed a lawsuit against the Australian magazine New Idea for defamation over an article about her relationship with Cruise.[124] Her lawyers claimed that “the proceedings state that the article contains a number of false and defamatory statements concerning Ms. Cruz” and she is seeking “substantial damages and is confident that legal proceedings will vindicate her reputation.”[124]

Cruz dated actor Matthew McConaughey from February 2005 to June 2006.[125] In April 2007, Cruz told the Spanish edition of Marie Claire said she would like to adopt children.[126]

Cruz began dating co-star Javier Bardem in 2007.[127] They married in early July 2010 in a private ceremony at a friend’s home in the Bahamas; Cruz wore a dress by Galliano.[128][129] Cruz gave birth to her first child, a son named Leo, on January 22, 2011 at the Cedars Sinai Hospital.[128]


Year Title Role Other notes
1992 Jamón, jamón Silvia Nominated — Goya Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award
1992 Belle Époque Luz Spanish Actors Union Award for Supporting Performance
1992 Framed Lola Del Moreno Television series
1993 For Love, Only for Love Mary Per amore, solo per amore
1993 The Greek Labyrinth Elise El Laberinto griego
1993 The Rebel Enza La Ribelle
1994 Alegre ma non troppo Salome
1994 Todo es mentira Lucia Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival for Best Actress
1995 Entre rojas Lucia
1995 El Efecto mariposa Party guest
1996 La Celestina Melibea
1996 Brujas Patricia
1996 Más que amor, frenesí
1997 Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health Diana El amor perjudica seriamente la salud
1997 Open Your Eyes Sofia Abre los ojos
1997 Live Flesh Isabel Plaza Caballero Carne trémula
Nominated—Spanish Actors Union Award for Performance in a Minor Role (Reparto Cine)
1997 Et horne af paradis Helena
1998 The Girl of Your Dreams Macarena La niña de tus ojos
Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actress (Mejor Actriz de Cine)
Goya Award for Best Actress
Spanish Actors Union Award for Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine)
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actress
1998 The Hi-Lo Country Josepha Nominated — ALMA Award for Best Actress
1998 Don Juan Mathurine
1999 All About My Mother Maria Rosa Sanz Todo sobre mi madre
1999 Twice Upon A Yesterday Louise
2000 All the Pretty Horses Alejandra Villarreal Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Drama/Romance
2000 Woman on Top Isabella Oliveira
2001 Blow Mirtha Jung Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance
Nominated — Razzie Award for Worst Actress (also for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Vanilla Sky)
2001 Don’t Tempt Me Carmen Ramos Bendito infierno (Spanish) / No News from God (English)
2001 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Pelagia Nominated — European Film Award – Audience Award for Best Actress
2001 Vanilla Sky Sofia Serrano Nominated — ALMA Award for Best Actress
2002 Waking Up in Reno Brenda
2003 Fanfan la Tulipe Adeline la Franchise Nominated — European Film Award – Audience Award for Best Actress
2003 Gothika Chloe Sava
2004 Head in the Clouds Mia
2004 Noel Nina Vasquez
2004 Don’t Move Italia Non ti muovere
David di Donatello Award for Best Actress
European Film Award – Audience Award for Best Actress
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Goya Award for Best Actress
2005 Sahara Eva Rojas
2005 Chromophobia Gloria
2006 Bandidas Maria Alvarez
2006 Volver Raimunda Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress (Prix d’interprétation féminine) (shared with Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave)
Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
European Film Award for Best Actress
Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actress (Mejor Actriz de Cine)
Goya Award for Best Actress
Spanish Actors Union Award for Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2007 Manolete (A Matador’s Mistress) Antonita Sino
2007 The Good Night Anna
2008 Elegy Consuela Castillo Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year Award (also for Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Maria Elena Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
ALMA Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Village Voice Film Poll – Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
2009 G-Force Juarez Voice only
2009 Broken Embraces Magdalena Los abrazos rotos
Fotogramas de Plata for Best Movie Actress
Nominated — Cinema Writers Circle Awards for Best Actress
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Goya Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Irish Film and Television Awards for Best International Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Spanish Actors Union for Best Actress
2009 Nine Carla Albanese Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
2010 Sex and the City 2 Carmen Garcia Garrón
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Angelica Nominated — ALMA Awards for Favorite Movie Actress – Drama/Adventure
Nominated — Scream Awards for Best Fantasy Actress
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards for Best Fantasy Actress
Pending—People’s Choice Award for Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast
2012 Nero Fiddled Post-production
2012 Venuto al mondo[130] Gemma Filming


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