The Hispanic beauty entered Hollywood with quite the career, already holding a Spanish Academy Award. She was in about 20 films before continuing her acting career in America. She began with All the Pretty Horses and Sahara but it was not until she starred in a Spanish influenced film Volver, did she truly make herself known. Her honorary performance made her the first-ever Spanish Best Actress nominee in Oscar History. Penelope is married to the handsome Spanish actor Javier Bardem. The two both starred inVicky Cristina Barcelona, which Penelope won and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.