Famous Madrillenos


Being the capital and the largest city in Spain Madrid can also boast of its famous people who made a significant contribution to country´s culture and image.

Lope de Vega 

The greatest Spanish playwright Lope de Vega during his life wrote more than 1,500 plays, over 500 of which survived. His most popular work is Fuente Ovejuna or The Sheep Well (1614), others include The Foolish Lady (1613), Finding Truth Through Doubt (1620-24), The Knight from Olmeda (1622) and Punishment without Revenge (1631). At the age of five he was able to read Spanish and Latin and started to compose poetry. Lope's success even overshadowed Cervantes's. "No one is so stupid as to admire Miguel de Cervantes," he once said. In spite of his popularity, Lope had financial problems. After an affair with Jerónima de Burgos, Lope fell in love with a married woman, Doña Marta de Nevares Santoyo, called "Amarilis" and "Leonarda" – this time his indiscretions with her were criticized even by Cervantes, who referred to his rival in his prologue to Part II of Don Quixote: "I am not likely to accuse a priest; above all if, in addition, he holds the rank of Familiar of the Holy Office. And if he said what he did on behalf of his friend, he is entirely mistaken, for I worship the latter's genius, his work, his constant and virtuous employment." 

Placido Domingo

Plácido Domingo is one of the most influential singing actors in the history of opera. His work in the recording studio has earned him 12 Grammy Awards, three of which are Latin Grammys, and he has made more than 50 music videos. In addition to three feature opera films — Carmen, La Traviata and Otello — he voiced the role of Monte in Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, played himself on The Simpsons, and his telecast of Tosca from the authentic settings in Rome was seen by more than one billion people in 117 different countries. His appearances around the world with his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in the now legendary The Three Tenors concerts are one of the great musical success stories of the 1990s.

Penélope Cruz

Penelope Cruz made her film debut at 16 in Jamón, jamón (1992). The year 2001 brought her fame thanks to the leading roles in “Vanilla Sky” and “Blow”. In 2006, she became spokesmodel for L'Oréal promoting its products. She receives $2 million a year for her work in L'Oréal. Cruz was ranked as No. 58 in Maxim's Hot 100 of 2007 list, and was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world. She was also ranked on Askmen.com's Most Desirable Women of 2008 at No. 26, in 2009 at No. 25, and in 2010 at No. 7. In April 2010, she replaced Kate Winslet as the new face and ambassador of Lancôme's Trésor fragrance. Lancôme has signed Cruz as the brand’s third superstar spokesmodel, along with Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet.

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish singer, songwriter and actor. Iglesias started his musical career with Mexican indie label Fonovisa, which helped turn him into one of the most popular artists in Latin America and in the Latino market in the United States, selling more Spanish language albums than any other artist in that period of time.  He sold over 60 million records worldwide, he has won a Grammy and Latin Grammy and had two Billboard Hot 100 #1s and one #3, and holds the record for producing 19 number #1 Spanish-language singles on the Billboards Hot Latin Tracks.


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