Penelope Cruz to get her very own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
Penelope Cruz will soon have an honor to add to the Best Supporting Actress Oscar she won in 2009. The Spanish-born actress is set to receive a star of her own on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame later this week.
The 36-year-old Academy Award-winner — who has set the silver screen aglow in flicks such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Nine — will become the 2,436th celebrity to have her name literally set in stone during a ceremony at the El Capitan Theatre this Friday
Rob Marshall will host.
The gesture is believed to be in recognition of Penelope becoming the first Spanish actress to nab an Oscar.
Cruz recently gave birth to son Leo, her first child with husband Javier Bardem, in February.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem welcome baby boy
Cruz gave birth at the Cedars Sinai medical centre in Beverly Hills on Saturday, the Spanish celebrity magazine Hola! said on its website.
It gave no details on the name of the boy or his birth weight.
The birth came just three days before Bardem received his third Academy Award nomination, for his performance in the film “Biutiful” by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Cruz, 36, and Bardem, 41, met when they starred opposite each other as lusty teens in the Spanish film “Jamon, Jamon,” back in 1992.
In 2008 they were back together on the silver screen in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, for which Cruz won an Academy Award as best supporting actress.
The couple married in July last year at a ceremony in the Bahamas.
Bardem, also nominated for an Oscar in “Before Night Falls” (2000), won an Academy Award in 2007 for his role in “No Country for Old Men.”
Spain’s leading daily, El Pais, also reported the couple had become parents but did not provide details as to when the baby was born or whether it was a boy or a girl.
It said “friends of Bardem began to suspect (the baby was born) when the actor did not respond to any calls to congratulate him on his (Oscar) nomination”.
“The couple want to have as much privacy as possible,” the paper said on its website, quoting family sources.
The agency representing the couple in Spain declined to comment on the reports.
The actors had kept their romance quiet for years, but Bardem got personal when he won a best actor award at Cannes film festival in May for his role in “Biutiful”.
“I share the joy of this prize with my friend, my companion, my love, Penelope Cruz,” Bardem said at the time.
“I owe you so much, and I love you very much,” Bardem said, drawing tears from Cruz, a longtime muse of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.
Hola! said Cruz’s mother, Encarna, sister Monica, also an actress, and her brother Eduardo were in Los Angeles for the birth at Cedars Sinai, the hospital of choice for Hollywood stars.
It said Bardem’s mother, the well-known Spanish actress Pilar Bardem, traveled from Madrid on Monday to meet her grandson.
Penelope Cruz freaky look-alike sister, Monica, stunt doubles for pregnant sis
Last month, the Vicky Cristina Barcelona star confirmed earlier this year that she is expecting a baby with new husband Javier Bardem. Cruz has continued filming scenes for her role alongside Johnny Depp in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — and her actress younger sister Monica will appear in full-length shots to help filmmakers disguise the pregnancy, Britain’s Daily Express said Monday.
The baby is due early next year.
The next installment in the Pirates franchise arrives in cinemas in the Summer of 2011.
Penelope Cruz is pregnant… no wonder they got married
The ceremony, at a friend’s Bahamas house, was attended only by family members, she tells the AP. But Perez Hilton and Life & Style say there might be a shotgun behind that wedding: An “impeccable” source tells the mag the couple wanted to get married before their firstborn arrives next year.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem got married this week
Capping off a weekend of high-profile nups, on Tuesday evening, Amanda Silverman, a rep for the Vanilla Sky actress, confirmed reports that the notoriously low-key couple were married in a ceremony at a friend’s house in the Bahamas earlier this week.
Cruz wore a wedding dress designed by longtime friend and fashion designer John Galliano as the couple wed in the company of a small group of family members.
The newlyweds — who both hail from Spain — appeared together in the 2008 Woody Allen romantic comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Cruz, 36, won a supporting-actress Oscar for her role. Bardem, who is 41, won a supporting-actor Oscar for the 2007 crime thriller No Country for Old Men.
Women over 40 who are still smoking hot, a gallery
In a youth-obsessed industry like Hollywood (and fashion) it’s easy to focus our attention on the hot young starlet of the week and forget about the women who, unlike these one week wonders, have dazzled us for years with their class, talent and looks.
Honestly, what’s sexier than a woman with talent, brains and looks? I don’t know about you but I would take any of the ladies in this list over Megan Fox any day (some of you may disagree, but believe me, there is nothing worse than a hot girl that can only babble about E! and her pet Chihuahua).
So here they are, our top 25 picks for women over 40 who are still smoking hot:
25. Catherine Bell (age 41)
Catherine Bell opens up our list with a bang. The British-born Iranian-American actress is known mostly for her role as Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie of the television show JAG. She is a sports fanatic and correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI 20 to 17 (A woman who actually GETS sports is a plus in our book). Only reason she is last on our list is because she’s into Scientology, and nobody likes that.
24. Helena Christensen (age 40)
Helena is one of our young nominees. At age 40, besides being a total hottie, a beauty queen and a former Victoria’s Secret angel, she owns an antiques shop in Manhattan, she co-founded Nylon magazine and has her own clothing line. Sexy and a mind for business, Helena has the whole package (Besides, who can forget that Chris Isaak video?).
23. Naomi Watts (age 41)
Naomi is our other young nominee. The British-Australian actress, known as the ‘Queen of remakes,’ is best remembered for her role as Betty Elms, the psycho lesbian, on David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (haven’t seen it? Please go and rent it). Watts is also a special representative to the U.N. program for HIV/AIDS and a Buddhist.
22. Gina Gershon (age 47)
If anything good ever came out of the movie ‘Showgirls’ Gina must be it. Her sultry good looks and frequent nude appearances in films have gained her a substantial heterosexual male fan base (she was ranked #51 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.) Gershon is also regarded as a gay icon because of her roles in movies such as Bound (in which she played a butch lesbian opposite Jennifer Tilly), Prey for Rock & Roll, and of course Showgirls.
21. Nicole Kidman (age 41)
Kudos to Nicole Kidman, who was able to escape Tom Cruise’s paws to finally make a name for herself. After the breakup, her career made a turn for the best when she starred in the acclaimed Moulin Rouge and The Others, a year later she won an Oscar for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Nicole also made #10 on our list of hottest redheads in Hollywood.
20. Marcia Cross (age 46)
Another pick on our hot redheads list, Marcia Cross is the sexiest of the Desperate Housewives (no, Terry Hatcher doesn’t even compare). You may also remember Cross as Dr. Kimberly Shaw from Melrose Place. Besides being hot, Marcia has a master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.
19. Courtney Cox (age 45)
Many of you will be surprised to find out that Courtney is 45 years old. The American actress, film producer and former model, is best known for her role as Monica Geller on the sitcom Friends (for many of us, she was the hottest friend). She has also starred in Dirt and the Scream series and has guest starred on Scrubs. Besides, in real life she is best friends with Jennifer Aniston, which has to count for something.
18. Juliette Binoche (age 45)
Juliette is not just sexy, elle est très sexy, and her beauty has been appropriately described as “otherworldly”. The French actress gained international stardom when she won an Oscar for The English Patient; she then went to star on Chocolat (my personal favorite). Juliette is also a painter, her book “Juliette Binoche, Portraits In-Eyes” contains large full page portraits of each director she has worked with as well as self portraits of her as each character.
17. Lauren Graham (age 42)
Lauren Graham in on our list because 1. She is stunning, 2. Her fake daughter is played by Alexis Bledel, 3. She is the nominee who deserves the ‘Ultimate MILF’ award. Lauren’s first paid work was doing publicity appearances wearing the costume of Striker, the dog mascot of the US-based 1994 FIFA World Cup; so next time, check under the mascot’s costume before you throw that soda at it… it may be a really REALLY hot girl.
16. Vanessa Williams (age 46)
Vanessa Williams is probably known to the current generation as Wilhelmina Slater, from Ugly Betty. For us, who are a bit older, she will always be Miss America 1984, who resigned after news leaked that she posed for nude photographs that depicted mild overtones of simulated lesbian sex… HAWT.
15. Sophia Loren (age 74)
The Italian film actress is widely considered to be the most popular Italian actress of her time and is also famous for being a major international sex symbol. They don’t make women like this anymore. Loren, at the age of 72, appeared in the Pirelli Calendar entitled “A Bed and Five Stories” along with Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts, and Lou Doillon (That’s the picture we posted of her, yes, she is 72 on that pic). Her famous eyes can be found on the Italian wine Fattoria Paradiso bottles and there is a street in the city of Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario named for her.
14. Michelle Pfeiffer (age 51)
Ok, maybe not the prettiest of them all but she has aged gracefully enough to make our list, then, why is she so high on spot 14? One word people: Catwoman.
13. Kate Walsh (age 41)
Walsh is best known as Dr. Addison Montgomery in Grey’s Anatomy, and let me tell you, I liked her right away. Sure, Ellen Pompeo is cute, but Kate has that look in her eyes like she is picturing you naked all the time, and we totally dig that.
12. Raquel Welch (age 68)
Oh Raquel,Raquel,Raquel,Raquel,Raquel,Raquel… how we love you. Along with Sophia Loren, Welch became one of the leading sex symbols of the 1960s and 1970s. Her most memorable publicity still for One Million Years B.C. became a bestselling poster. Playboy called her the “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970s. I still have that poster… sigh.
11. Julianne Moore (age 48)
Julianne is our third pick that was also featured on our redheads list. She first caught our eye after her appearance in Boogie Nights (you all remember that, right?). She then appeared on big hits like: The End of the Affair, Magnolia and The Hours among others. She has a Bachelor’s degree at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University and (We’ll say it again) one of the greatest racks in human history.
10. Demi Moore (age 46)
Demi has been every man’s wet dream since her appearance in the movie Ghost. She has divorced twice, gave birth to 3 children and still has the body of a 20-year old. Proof of her utter hotness is the fact that we didn’t even notice Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu or Drew Barrymore when we watched Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Besides, her real name is Demetria Gene Guynes, you gotta love her for that.
9. Halle Berry (age 43)
Halle is an actress, fashion model, and beauty queen. She was the first (and until this day the only) African American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, the award was for her performance in Monster’s Ball (yeah, the one with the very graphic sex scene). She gets extra credit for having a sense of humor: she personally picked up her Razzie Award back in 2005 for Catwoman.
8. Gong Li (age 43)
Li is a huge star in China, but we all know her from her role as the beautiful but vindictive Hatsumomo in Memoirs of a Geisha. Her other English-language roles to date include Chinese Box, Miami Vice and Hannibal Rising. In all three films, she learned her English lines phonetically. What can we say? We have a thing for hot Asians.
7. Famke Janssen (age 44)
Janssen is an actress and fashion model best know for her role as Dr. Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men movies (remember? She plays the part of the angry-all-powerful-leather-clad-hottie). She is also a UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity, a spokesperson for PETA and speaks Dutch and French (besides English), très sexy.
6. Sophie Marceau (age 42)
Marceau achieved international recognition in 1995 as Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, she was also super hot as villainess Bond girl Elektra King. Our most cherished Sophie Marceau memory was during Cannes in 2005, when the shoulder strap on Marceau’s dress fell off, exposing what is still considered “the perfect bosom”. How we missed this for our list of celebrity nip slips we’ll never know, so here is the pic to redeem ourselves:
5. Elizabeth Hurley (age 44)
Best known as Hugh Grant’s former girlfriend, we like to remember Hurley as the bikini clad devil from Bedazzled (Satan never looked better). You may also remember her as Vanessa Kensington from the Austin Powers movies. Truth be told, she is hot and that English accent of hers melts us like butter.
4. Helen Mirren (age 64)
Helen Mirren is the epitome of classy. She is well known for playing the Queen. She has won an Academy Award, two SAG Awards, one BAFTA, three Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards during her career… talented indeed. Besides, that pic of hers with the bikini… that was this year, at 64… We have the hots for granny and we love it.
3. Salma Hayek (age 42)
Hayek is a Mexican/American actress, director, and television and film producer. Hayek’s charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants. Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Entertainment Weekly ranked her number 17 in their list of the “25 Smartest People in TV” … and on top all of that, have you seen her boobs?
2. Marisa Tomei (age 44)
Tomei is an Italian-American stage, film and television actress who shot to fame after she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in My Cousin Vinny. She is sexy and really funny, a combination we love. We decided she deserved the #2 spot after we saw her on The Wrestler, if you saw it, you will understand.
1. Monica Bellucci (age 45)
This Italian-French vixen began her film career in the early 1990s, appearing mainly in French films. In 1992 she made her first appearance in a major English-language film as one of Dracula’s brides in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She is perhaps best known in the United States for her role as Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. She also appeared in the mega-hit The Passion of the Christ as Mary Magdalene. But like many on this list, she’s more famous for her hourglass body and jaw-dropping curves. She is simply God’s gift to men, and we thank him every day for her.
Her full name is Penélope Cruz Sánchez , originally a dancer, she moved into Spanish television at a young age and since then she has appeared in a string of films in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese languages.
We may remember her from movies like Volver, Sahara, Gothika, Woman on Top and Todo Sobre Mi Madre.
She is the first Spanish Actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Cruz claims to be a vegetarian since 2000, though this fact is disputed. She speaks four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and English. Cruz has also donated a considerable amount of money and time to charity. In 1997 she volunteered in Uganda for two months.
After appearing in the 2001 film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, they had a three-year relationship which ended in January 2004. After filming Sahara in February 2005, she began dating actor Matthew McConaughey. In May 2006, they released a joint statement to People, saying that they “have decided to take time off as a couple.” Later that year they announced that they were “no longer intimate and separating was the best thing to do at this time”.