Rossy de Palma

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Rossy de Palma
Premios Goya 2018 - Rossy de Palma (cropped).jpg
de Palma in February 2018
Rosa Elena García Echave

(1964-09-16) 16 September 1964 (age 58)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1987–present

Rosa Elena García Echave (born 16 September 1964), known professionally as Rossy de Palma, is a Spanish actress and model. She is well known for her roles in films by Pedro Almodóvar such as Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Kika, The Flower of My Secret, Julieta, and Parallel Mothers.

Life and Career[edit]

Born in Palma de Mallorca, and her father was a mason from Asturias.[1] In the 1980s, during the Movida cultural movement she moved to Madrid.[2]

In 1984 she founded the pop music group Peor Impossible [es] for which she was a singer and a dancer. In 1986 she met Pedro Almodóvar in a café in Madrid. He was impressed by her performance during one of the group's concerts. He proposed a role in his next film, Law of Desire. Rossy lent some of her personal dresses to Carmen Maura, who was playing the main female character of the film, Tina Quintero.[2]

Her first major role was in 1988 in Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and she would go on to be one of Almodóvar's recurring cast. She became a model for designers Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Sybilla. She then appeared in Robert Altman's 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter and in the music video of George Michael's "Too Funky" song.

She has two children and currently lives in Paris,[3] where she acts and models. As of 2010, she is a theater actress, charity spokeswoman for the Ghanaian charity OrphanAid Africa, and the face of luxury ad campaigns.[4] In 2007, she released a perfume line under her name with Etat libre d'Orange.[5] In 2009, she posed nude in an information campaign on breast cancer for the magazine Marie Claire. She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7]


Year Title Author Director Notes
2006 Le Chanteur de Mexico Raymond Vincy & Jesus Maria de Arozamena Emilio Sagi Théâtre du Châtelet
2016 The Threepenny Opera Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill Damiano Michieletto Piccolo Teatro di Milano
2017–18 Le Chanteur de Mexico Raymond Vincy & Jesus Maria de Arozamena Emilio Sagi Lausanne Opera


Year Title Role Director Notes
1987 Law of Desire TV Host Pedro Almodóvar
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Marisa Pedro Almodóvar Nominated – Association of Latin Critics – Best Supporting Actress
1989 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Drug Dealer Pedro Almodóvar
Delirios de amor Robertina Ceesepe TV series (1 Episode)
1990 Nel giardino delle rose Rosy Luciano Martino
Alcune signore per bene Donatella Bruno Gaburro
Don Juan, mi querido fantasma Prodini's widow Antonio Mercero
Os outros feirantes Hermelina Xosé Cermeño TV Mini-Series
1992 Sam suffit Chichi Virginie Thévenet
Aquí, el que no corre... vuela The neighbor Ramón Fernández
Los gusanos no llevan bufanda Lady 2 Javier Elorrieta
1993 Kika Juana Pedro Almodóvar Association of Latin Critics – Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Spanish Actors Union – Supporting Performance
Acción mutante Luxury guest Álex de la Iglesia
1994 Fea Dunia Ayaso and Félix Sabroso
Prêt-à-Porter Pilar Robert Altman National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Chicken Park Necrophelia Addams Jerry Calà
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 & Miguel Ángel Díez TV series (12 Episodes)
1995 El perquè de tot plegat Librarian Ventura Pons
Peggio di così si muore Myrna Marcello Cesena
The Flower of My Secret Rosa Pedro Almodóvar Nominated – Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Spanish Actors Union – Supporting Performance
1996 Un cos al bosc Lieutenant Cifuentes Joaquim Jordà
The Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser
in a Whirl of Sex and Politics
Lina Wertmüller
Pastas Ardilla Rossy Pedro Almodóvar TV Short
1997 Airbag Carmiña Juanma Bajo Ulloa
La femme du cosmonaute Catherine Jacques Monnet
1998 Hors jeu Concepcion Alibera Karim Dridi Locarno International Film FestivalSpecial Prize for acting
Spanish Fly Interviewee Daphna Kastner
Talk of Angels Elena Nick Hamm
Franchesca Page Veronica Kelley Sane
1999 Nag la bombe Leïla Jean-Louis Milesi
Esa Maldita Costilla Margarita Juan José Jusid
The Loss of Sexual Innocence Blind Woman Mike Figgis
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 Leave Your Hands on My Hips Myriam Bardem Chantal Lauby
2004 People Pilar Fabien Onteniente
Double zéro The Eyeglass Gérard Pirès
Do You Know Claudia? Claudia (Aldo's lover) Massimo Venier
2005 20 Centimeters Ice Box Ramón Salazar
2006 Girlfriends Marie's mother Sylvie Ayme
Les Aristos Maria de Malaga i Benidorm Charlotte de Turckheim
La edad ideal Ana Lozano Short
2009 No pasaran Inès Emmanuel Caussé & Eric Martin
Broken Embraces Julieta Pedro Almodóvar
2010 Gigola Dominique Laure Charpentier
Miss Tacuarembó Patricia Peinado Martín Sastre
Caterina e le sue figlie Estrella Toledo Alessandro Benvenuti, Riccardo Mosca, ... TV series (8 Episodes)
2011 Le monde à ses pieds Caroline Fox Christian Faure TV movie
2012 30° couleur Bianca Lucien Jean-Baptiste & Philippe Larue
Run a Way Cop 1 Diego Postigo Short
2013 &ME Mama Verona Norbert ter Hall
Three Many Weddings Mónica Javier Ruiz Caldera Nominated – Premio Feroz for Best Supporting Actress
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Luna Stéphane Berla & Mathias Malzieu
No sé si cortarme las venas o dejármelas largas Lola Manolo Caro
Familia Iñaki Mercero & José Ramos Paíno TV series (1 Episode)
Esposados Rossy José Luis Moreno TV series (3 Episodes)
2014 Do Not Disturb Maria Patrice Leconte
Amor de mis amores Carmina Manolo Caro
La Divanee Narrator Jessica Mitrani Short
Traveling Lady Traveling Lady Jessica Mitrani Short
Madre Quentina Quentina José Ramón Da Cruz Short
La que se avecina María Luisa Laura Caballero TV series (1 Episode)
2015 Graziella Graziella Mehdi Charef
Spy Time Katia's mother Javier Ruiz Caldera Nominated – Gaudí Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Incidencias The announcer José Corbacho & Juan Cruz
Sólo química Bárbara Sullivan Alfonso Albacete
Anclados Palmira Mario Montero, Roberto Monge, ... TV series (8 Episodes)
2016 Julieta Marian Pedro Almodóvar Nominated – Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos – Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Premio Feroz for Best Supporting Actress
En tu cabeza Milagros Borja Cobeaga
2017 Toc Toc Ana María Vicente Villanueva
Madame Maria Amanda Sthers Gasparilla International Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize – Best Performance
El Intercambio Dómina Ignacio Nacho
Lord, Give Me Patience Maria Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
The White Princess Isabel la Católica Alex Kalymnios TV Mini-Series
2018 Brillantissime Charline Michèle Laroque
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Farmer's Wife Terry Gilliam
Haciendo cerveza The visitor Félix Fernández de Castro TV series (1 Episode)
2019 I Miss You Rosaura Rodrigo Bellott
Despite Everything Inés Gabriela Tagliavini
À cause des filles ? Artémis Pascal Thomas
Los Rodríguez y el más allá Doctor Pilar Paco Arango
Mio fratello rincorre i dinosauri Zia Rock Stefano Cipani
2020 Trash Bliss Francesco Dafano & Luca Della Grotta
A Mermaid in Paris Rossy Mathias Malzieu
Little Birds Contessa Mandrax Stacie Passon TV series (6 Episodes)
2021 El refugio Macarena Astorga
Parallel Mothers Elena Pedro Almodóvar
Mystère à Saint-Tropez Carmen Moreno Nicolas Benamou
Carrément Craignos Héléna Jean-Pascal Zadi TV Mini-Series
2022 La Maison Brigida Anissa Bonnefont
Rainbow Paco León
Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After Mamen Manolo Caro TV series (6 épisodes)
2023 Carmen Masilda Benjamin Millepied
Apaches Sarah Bernardt Romain Quirot
3 jours max Tarek Boudali
La Mesías Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo TV series
TBA Mi otro Jon Paco Arango Filming

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist
1992 Too Funky George Michael
2008 Bruja Orishas
2022 Amour toujours Clara Luciani


Rossy de Palma at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

She is an ambassador for the charity OAfrica, which advocates for a family for every child in Ghana, West Africa, and the closure of illegal orphanages.[8]

In 2018, she collaborated with singer Rosalía for her second studio album El mal querer writing the song "Preso" with her and Ferrán Echegaray. Her vocals were also used in the song.

Danse avec les stars[edit]

In 2011, she was one of the contestants during the first season of Danse avec les stars. With her partner Christophe Licata, she finished in the 7th position (second-to-last). This table shows the route of Rossy de Palma and Christophe Licata.

Week Dancing style Music Judge points Total Result
Alessandra Martines Jean-Marc Généreux Chris Marques
1 Cha-Cha-Cha "Marcia Baila"-Les Rita Mitsouko 8 7 7 22/30 Safe
2 Tango "Toxic"—Britney Spears 6 5 6 17/30 Eliminated


  1. ^ "Tout sur Rossy de Palma". (in French). Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Tout sur Rossy de Palma". (in French). Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  3. ^ "'Parallel Mothers' Star Rossy de Palma Has Been "Badass Since the Beginning"". InStyle. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Heroes: Rossy de Palma". V. July 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ FR, FashionNetwork com. "Rossy de Palma signe une Eau de Protection avec Etat Libre d'Orange". (in French). Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  6. ^ "The Jury of the 68th Cannes Film Festival". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and Guillermo del Toro Join Cannes Film Festival Jury". The Wrap. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  8. ^ "International Ambassadors". Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.

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