Cinema: Woman Nearly on Top

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is poised to graduate from art-movie siren to Hollywood star

Penelope Cruz has ugly feet. Well, gnarled. "All of them are twisted," she says, rubbing her feet in the courtyard of the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. "I used to bleed from dancing so much. I would peel my toenails off and throw them away because they were completely black from the pain. To look at them now and see they are like this--they have a lot of life for me." That's why, when you ask her to name her favorite part of her body, she wiggles her toes.

We thus conclude the what's-less-than-perfect-about-Penelope-Cruz portion of this story. With her...

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