BREAKING NEWS–Johnny Depp pays tribute to Penelope Cruz as she receives a star on the Walk of Fame–new photos!

Today (April 1, 2011) Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish-born actress to receive her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and her two-time co-star Johnny Depp, who received his own star on the Walk of Fame in 1999, was there to honor her. Ms. Cruz was accompanied by her husband, Javier Bardem; she thanked “my wonderful husband and my son [Leonardo, born in January] for making me so happy every day,” and said it was “a very special day and very happy day for me.” She also said that when she first arrived in Los Angeles in 1994, she only knew two sentences: “How are you?” and “I want to work with Johnny Depp.”

Ms. Cruz’s next appearance on the silver screen will be as Angelica, the female lead opposite Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and director Rob Marshall and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were there today to celebrate with her. Ten years ago, Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz appeared together in Blow, and in his speech to the crowd, Johnny indicated that he would be happy to keep sharing the screen with her.

“She’s the dysfunctional Bacall to my twisted Bogart,” Johnny said. “She’s the otherworldly Scarlett to my clueless Rhett. She’s the — well, she’s the Ricky to my Lucy.”

To see a larger version of the photo above, showing Johnny and Penelope kneeling by her star on the Walk of Fame, CLICK HERE. To see Johnny delivering his speech (with Jerry Judge in the background), CLICK HERE, and for a close-up of Johnny at the podium, CLICK HERE. To see a photo of Johnny hugging Penelope after his speech, CLICK HERE, and to see a photo of the actors with Rob Marshall and Jerry Bruckheimer, CLICK HERE.

The Zone thanks FANtasticJD and Emma for breaking the news, and Evochka, Honest Girl and for the photos. You can read more about this special day on the Zone’s Pit General Discussion forum.

Congratulations to Penelope Cruz on this great honor!

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