Cruz, Bardem tie the knot

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Oscar-winning Spanish film stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem wed earlier this month at an intimate ceremony in the Bahamas, the actress' publicist told AFP Wednesday.

The couple "were married in the beginning of July at a friend's house in the Bahamas. It was a small ceremony with just family members. Penelope wore a dress designed by her longtime friend John Galliano," Amanda Silverman said.

Cruz, 36, and Bardem, 41, met when they starred opposite each other as lusty teens in Bigas Luna's film "Jamon, Jamon," back in 1992.

In 2008 they were back together on the silver screen in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", for which Cruz won an Academy Award as best supporting actress.

Bardem, nominated for an Oscar in "Before Night Falls" (2000), won an Academy Award in 2007 for his role in "No Country for Old Men."

Though the couple have kept their romance quiet for years, Bardem got personal when he won a best actor award at Cannes in May for his work in "Biutiful" by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

"I share the joy of this prize with my friend, my companion, my love, Penelope Cruz," Bardem said at the time. "I owe you so much, and I love you very much," Bardem said, drawing tears from Cruz, a longtime muse of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

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