Rossy de Palma
Actress (Palma, 1964)
Rossy and her friends formed the music band Peor Imposible in 1981. After their big success, two years later they moved to Madrid to try their luck. They met great artists from the Movida Madrileña in the night life in the underground clubs where she worked as a waitress. One of them was the film-maker Pedro Almodóvar who offered her a small part in his film Law of Desire. From that time on, the collaboration between the director and the actress became a habit. Together they made Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 1988 (nominated for the Oscar for the best foreign film), Tie me up! Tie me Down! (1989), Kika (1993), The Flower of My Secret (1995)...
Although the latter two roles earned Rossy nominations as best supporting actress in the Goya awards, the actress was typecast as an “Almodóvar girl”, which, in her own words, probably stopped many other Spanish directors from choosing her for their films. That has been the reason why much of her career as an actress has taken part outside Spain, in films like Sam Suffit (1992), Prêt-à-porter (1994), Franchesca Page (1997) and Hors jeu (1998). For her part in the latter film, she won the Bronze Leopard in the Locarno Film Festival.
In her facet as a model, Rossy has modelled for designers of the importance of Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Thierry Mugler, and has been the image for several advertising campaigns.