Penelope Cruz Celebrates the Big 4-0

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Penelope Cruz turned 40 on Monday. The mother of two not only hides her age well but is also naturally beautiful and incredibly stylish as well as talented. The Academy Award-winning actress wears everything with both style and grace--whether it's a casual ensemble or a slinky Armani gown.

Known for her roles in films including The Hi-Lo Country, The Girls of Your Dreams, Woman on Top, and Nine, Cruz has also made a name for herself in the modeling world. She has appeared in several media campaigns throughout the years including Ralph Lauren and L'Oreal.

Penelope Cruz is rumored to be playing a part in the upcoming James Bond film, Bond 24. The rumors started last summer following hubby Javier Bardem's appearance in the last 007 film Skyfall. Sources are mixed on whether this is true or false. While the film isn't due in theaters until November of 2015, this rumor is definitely thrusting it into the spotlight way ahead of time.

"Penelope is not in talks to be a Bond girl in a James Bond movie," one source says. "The stories are totally false."

The New York Daily News reports that "Cruz’s name was reportedly included in a release schedule circulated by the French office of Sony Pictures, which officially gave a “No comment” after news leaked."

While it's as of yet uncertain how Penelope Cruz celebrated turning the big 4-0, it's likely she did it family style. She and her husband are the parents of a son named Leonardo, who is 3 years old, and a daughter named Luna, who was born last July. Hopefully the family celebrated her 40th birthday all together.

Do you think Cruz would be a good Bond girl for the upcoming James Bond film, Bond 24? If the rumors aren't true, who do you think might be cast in that role instead?

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Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.