Rossy de Palma

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Rossy de Palma
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Rossy de Palma at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born Rosa Elena García Echave
(1964-09-16) 16 September 1964 (age 53)
Palma (Balearic Islands), Spain
Residence France
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1987–present
Children 2

Rosa Elena García Echave (16 September 1964) better known as Rossy de Palma is a Spanish actress.


Described by many as a Picasso come-to-life, de Palma broke the rules of beauty in 1988 when she starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and became a model and muse for designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Sybilla. Her status as an iconic fashion character was further cemented with her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter. Today, she is a theater actress, charity spokesperson for the Ghanian Charity OrphanAid Africa, and the face of luxury ad campaigns.[1]

Born in Palma de Mallorca, she was originally a singer and dancer for the band Peor Imposible before being discovered by filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar at a café in Madrid in 1986. He cast her in roles based on her unique, Picassoesque appearance. She is best known for her roles in Almodóvar films like Law of Desire (La ley del deseo), Kika, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios) and The Flower of My Secret (La flor de mi secreto).

She acts in France and does modeling. She appeared in Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter as Pilar. In 2007, she released a perfume line under her name through the French cosmetics company Etat libre d'Orange. In 2009, she posed nude in an information campaign on breast cancer for the magazine Marie Claire. She currently lives in France with her two sons.[citation needed]

She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3]

In May 2017, two commercials for "Carte Noire", featuring Rossy, are unveiled[4][5].


Year Title Author Director Notes
2006 Le Chanteur de Mexico Raymond Vincy & Jesus Maria de Arozamena Fayçal Karoui Théâtre du Châtelet
2016 The Threepenny Opera Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill Damiano Michieletto Piccolo Teatro di Milano


Year Title Role Director Notes
1987 Law of Desire Locutora tele Pedro Almodóvar
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Marisa Pedro Almodóvar (2) Nominated - Association of Latin Critics - Best Supporting Actress
1989 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Drug Dealer Pedro Almodóvar (3)
Delirios de amor Robertina Ceesepe TV Series (1 Episode)
1990 Don Juan, mi querido fantasma Viuda de Prodini Antonio Mercero
Nel giardino delle rose Luciano Martino
Alcune signore per bene Donatella Bruno Gaburro
Os outros feirantes Hermelina Xosé Cermeño TV Mini-Series
1992 Sam suffit Chichi Virginie Thévenet
Los gusanos no llevan bufanda Lady Javier Elorrieta
Aquí, el que no corre... vuela Ramón Fernández
1993 Acción mutante A guest Álex de la Iglesia
Kika Juana Pedro Almodóvar (4) Association of Latin Critics - Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Spanish Actors Union for Supporting Performance
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Pilar Robert Altman National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Chicken Park Necrophelia Addams Jerry Calà
Fea Dunia Ayaso and Félix Sabroso
Mejor no hables Pedro Paz Short
Hermanos de leche Berta Carlos Serrano TV Series (5 Episodes)
1994-97 Los ladrones van a la oficina Eva Duarte Ramón Fernández (2) & Miguel Ángel Díez TV Series (12 Episodes)
1995 The Flower of My Secret Rosa Pedro Almodóvar (5) Nominated - Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Spanish Actors Union for Supporting Performance
El perquè de tot plegat Librarian Ventura Pons
Peggio di così si muore Myrna Marcello Cesena
¡Qué noche tan movida! Paula TV Movie
1996 The Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser
in a Whirl of Sex and Politics
Lina Wertmüller
Un cos al bosc Teniente Cifuentes Joaquim Jordà
1997 Airbag Carmina Juanma Bajo Ulloa
La Femme du cosmonaute Catherine Jacques Monnet
1998 Talk of Angels Elena Nick Hamm
Hors jeu Concepcion Alibera Karim Dridi Locarno International Film Festival - Special Prize
Franchesca Page Veronica Kelley Sane
1999 Esa Maldita Costilla Margarita Juan José Jusid
The Loss of Sexual Innocence Blind Woman Mike Figgis
Nag la bombe Leïla Jean-Louis Milesi
2000 La mule The Colombian Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Short
2001 L'origine du monde The Sphynx Jérôme Enrico
2002 Le Boulet Pauline Reggio Alain Berbérian & Frédéric Forestier
2003 Laisse tes mains sur mes hanches Myriam Bardem Chantal Lauby
2004 People Pilar Fabien Onteniente
Double Zéro The Eyeglass Gérard Pirès
Tu la conosci Claudia? Claudia Massimo Venier
2005 20 centímetros Ice Box Ramón Salazar
2006 Les aristos Maria de Malaga i Benidorm Charlotte de Turckheim
Girlfriends Marie's mother Sylvie Ayme
La edad ideal Ana Lozano Short
2009 Broken Embraces Julieta Pedro Almodóvar (6)
No pasaran Inès Emmanuel Caussé & Eric Martin
2010 Miss Tacuarembó Patricia Peinado Martín Sastre
Gigola Dominique Laure Charpentier
Caterina e le sue figlie Estrella TV Mini-Series
2011 Le monde à ses pieds Caroline Fox Christian Faure TV Movie
2012 30° couleur Bianca Lucien Jean-Baptiste & Philippe Larue
2013 The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Luna Stéphane Berla & Mathias Malzieu
Three Many Weddings Mónica Javier Ruiz Caldera Nominated - Premio Feroz for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Feroz Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
No sé si cortarme las venas o dejármelas largas Lola Manolo Caro
&ME Mama Verona Norbert ter Hall
Familia Iñaki Mercero & José Ramos Paíno TV Series (1 Episode)
Esposados Rossy TV Series (2 Episodes)
2014 Do Not Disturb Maria Patrice Leconte
Amor de mis amores Carmina Manolo Caro (2)
Traveling Lady Traveling Lady Jessica Mitrani Short
Madre Quentina Quentina José Ramón Da Cruz Short
La Divanee Narrator Jessica Mitrani (2) Short
La que se avecina María Luisa Laura Caballero TV Series (1 Episode)
2015 Graziella Graziella Mehdi Charef
Anacleto: agente secreto Katia's mother Javier Ruiz Caldera (2) Nominated - Gaudí Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Incidencias Mercè José Corbacho & Juan Cruz
Sólo química Bárbara Sullivan Alfonso Albacete
Anclados Palmira Several TV Series (8 Episodes)
2016 Julieta Marian Pedro Almodóvar (7) Nominated - Feroz Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - International Cinephile Society Award for Best Ensemble
En tu cabeza Milagros Borja Cobeaga
2017 Madame Maria Amanda Sthers
Lord, Give Me Patience Maria Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
El Intercambio Dómina Ignacio Nacho
Toc Toc Ana María Vicente Villanueva
The White Princess Isabel la Católica Alex Kalymnios & Jamie Payne TV Mini-Series
2018 Mon brillantissime divorce Charline Michèle Laroque
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Terry Gilliam
Tu Me Manques Rosaura Rodrigo Bellott
Trash Bliss Francesco Dafano & Luca Della Grotta
Tuer Les Fleurs Marion Jenny Kleiman & Kayla Gwyneth Morrisey


Films starring Rossy de Palma with more than a million movie theater entries in France.

Films Director Year France (entries)
1 Le Boulet Alain Berbérian 2001 3 159 591
2 Double Zéro Gérard Pirès 2004 1 850 031
3 Do Not Disturb Patrice Leconte 2014 1 006 867


Rossy de Palma at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

She was one of the contestants during the First season of Danse avec les stars. She is an active and dynamic ambassador for her chosen charity, often using her fashion connections to benefit the charity OAfrica,[6] which advocates for a family for every child in Ghana, West Africa, and the closure of illegal orphanages.


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