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 51)
Palma, Majorca, Spain
Residence France
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1987–present

Rossy de Palma (born Rosa Elena García Echave; 16 September 1964) 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 La ley del deseo (Law of Desire), Kika, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and La flor de mi secreto (The Flower of My Secret).

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]


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 Entertainment Critics - Best Supporting Actress
1989 Delirios de amor Robertina Ceesepe TV Series (1 Episode)
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Drug Dealer Pedro Almodóvar (3)
1990 Alcune signore per bene Donatella Bruno Gaburro
Don Juan, mi querido fantasma Viuda de Prodini Antonio Mercero
Os outros feirantes Hermelina Xosé Cermeño TV Mini-Series (1 Episode)
Nel giardino delle rose Luciano Martino
1992 Los gusanos no llevan bufanda Lady Javier Elorrieta
Aquí, el que no corre... vuela Ramón Fernández
Sam suffit Chichi Virginie Thévenet
1993 Acción mutante A guest Álex de la Iglesia
Kika Juana Pedro Almodóvar (4) Association of Latin Entertainment Critics for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Spanish Actors Union for Supporting Performance
1994 Chicken Park Necrophelia Addams Jerry Calà
Fea Dunia Ayaso and Félix Sabroso
Mejor no hables Pedro Paz Short
Prêt-à-Porter Pilar Robert Altman National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Hermanos de leche Berta Carlos Serrano TV Series (5 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
1994-97 Los ladrones van a la oficina Eva Duarte Ramón Fernández (2) & Miguel Ángel Díez TV Series (12 Episodes)
1997 Airbag Carmina Juanma Bajo Ulloa
La Femme du cosmonaute Catherine Jacques Monnet
1998 Hors jeu Concepcion Alibera Karim Dridi Locarno International Film Festival - Special Prize
Talk of Angels Elena Nick Hamm
Franchesca Page 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 Girlfriends Marie's mother Sylvie Ayme
Les aristos Duquessa Maria de Malaga i Benidorm Charlotte de Turckheim
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
Caterina e le sue figlie Estrella TV Mini-Series (1 Episode)
Gigola Dominique Laure Charpentier
2011 Le monde à ses pieds Caroline Fox Christian Faure TV Movie
2012 30° couleur Bianca Lucien Jean-Baptiste & Philippe Larue
2013 Three Many Weddings Mónica Javier Ruiz Caldera Nominated - Premio Feroz for Best Supporting Actress
No sé si cortarme las venas o dejármelas largas Lola Manolo Caro
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Luna Stéphane Berla & Mathias Malzieu
&ME Mama Verona Norbert ter Hall
Familia Iñaki Mercero & José Ramos Paíno TV Series (1 Episode)
Esposados Rossy TV Series (2 Episodes)
2014 La que se avecina María Luisa Laura Caballero TV Series (1 Episode)
Amor de mis amores Carmina Manolo Caro (2)
Traveling Lady: The perfect Brand Traveling Lady Jessica Mitrani Short
Do Not Disturb Maria Patrice Leconte
Madre Quentina Quentina José Ramón Da Cruz Short
2015 Anacleto: Agente secreto Madre Javier Ruiz Caldera (2)
Graziella Graziella Mehdi Charef
Sólo química Bárbara Sullivan Alfonso Albacete
Anclados Palmira Roberto Monge, Mario Montero, Mar Olid & David Molina Encinas TV Series (8 Episodes)
La Divanee Narrator Jessica Mitrani (2) Short
Incidencias José Corbacho & Juan Cruz
2016 Julieta Pedro Almodóvar (7)


Year Title Author Director Notes
2006 Le Chanteur de Mexico Raymond Vincy & Jesus Maria de Arozamena Fayçal Karoui Théâtre du Châtelet


Rossy de Palma at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

She was one of the contetant during the First season of Danse avec les stars.


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