Amigos del español

Robert Redford

Robert Redford came to fame as an outlaw and, movie legend or no, he sees himself as an outsider still.A good Spanish speaker, Redford lived five years in a little town in the south of Spain at the end of the fifties and grew up in south Los Angeles, surrounded by a Spanish community. Good friend of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 
You grew up in a Spanish Community in Los Angeles, and lived in Spain for a long time, do you speak Spanish?   
I do speak Spanish but I don't practice as much as I would like, so right now I don't speak as I used to in the past.  

Michael Douglas

Considered Hollywood royalty, this 63-year-old native of New Jersey and son of the legendary Kirk Douglas has won two Oscars – one as producer for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and another for best actor in “Wall Street.”Douglas and his family – including his wife, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones – divide their time between Hollywood, New York, Bermuda and Majorca.

Penelope Cruz

Penélope Cruz, the star of Pedro Almodóvar’s “Volver,” has become the first Spaniard to be nominated for an Oscar in the best actress category. Winning is not her primary concern, however.More important for the 32-year-old Cruz is to continue a career that already includes more than 35 films and earn the respect that has eluded her at times in Hollywood, where she has drawn more attention for her beauty and love affairs than her art. But, according to Cruz, as long as there’s a new book to read, there’s always hope.

Robert Duvall

The newspaper "The New York Times" labeled him as the "Laurence Olivier of Hollywood" but Robert Duvall would like to be remembered as a master of the tango, love and passion that he reflected in his latest film as director, "Assassination Tango.” Accompanied since 1996 by the Argentine horse rider Luciana Pedraza, Duvall considers Argentina his second home and also the source of his second language, at least when the music does not leave this veteran of 75 years wordless. He is the recipient of six Oscar nominations and a win. The golden statuette sits at his home in the Andes.

Maria Marin

Puerto Rican motivational speaker, businesswoman and columnist Maria Marin has devoted her energies to the subjects of personal improvement and the “art of negotiation” through her company Voice of Empowerment. Marin is known at the workshops and conferences she gives for her persuasive and enthusiastic style and that ability to inspire combined with her expertise have led her to become the only Hispanic woman to teach negotiation skills worldwide. The current spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association’s “Por tu familia” Latino health program, Marin helps people overcome their personal obstacles and teaches the importance of trusting in oneself.   

Francis Ford Coppola

An American by birth and Italian at heart, Francis Ford Coppola now has his sights set on Latin America and is learning Spanish. This cinematic giant, best known for directing “The Godfather” trilogy and “Apocalypse Now,” will find that the language comes in handy now that he has a production firm in Argentina and hotels in Guatemala and Belize and is preparing to start shooting “Tetro,” a film about an Argentine family in which Spaniards Javier Bardem and Maribel Verdú have starring roles.