Rossy de Palma

Rossy de Palma
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de Palma at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Rosa Elena García Echave

(1964-09-16) 16 September 1964 (age 56)
Nationality Spanish
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 1987–present
Children 2

Rosa Elena García Echave (born 16 September 1964), better known as Rossy de Palma, is a Spanish actress.


De Palma's first major role was in 1988 in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. 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. Today, she is a theater actress, charity spokesperson for the Ghanaian 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. She is best known for her roles in Almodóvar films like Law of Desire (La ley del deseo), Kika, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios), The Flower of My Secret (La flor de mi secreto), and Julieta.

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 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 children, Gabriel and Luna.[citation needed]

She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3]

In May 2017, she appeared in two commercials for "Carte Noire".[4][5]


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 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
Chicken Park Necrophelia Addams Jerry Calà
Prêt-à-Porter Pilar Robert Altman National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
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
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 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 Alessandro Benvenuti TV Series (1 Episode)
2011 Le monde à ses pieds Caroline Fox Christian Faure TV Movie
2012 30° couleur Bianca Lucien Jean-Baptiste & Philippe Larue Short
Run a Way Cop 1 Diego Postigo
2013 &ME Mama Verona Norbert ter Hall
Three Many Weddings Mónica Javier Ruiz Caldera Nominated – Premio Feroz for Best Supporting Actress
The Boy with 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
Incidencias The announcer José Corbacho & Juan Cruz
Sólo química Bárbara Sullivan Alfonso Albacete
Anacleto: agente secreto Katia's mother Javier Ruiz Caldera Nominated – Gaudí Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Anclados Palmira Mario Montero, Roberto Monge, ... TV Series (8 Episodes)
2016 Julieta Marian Pedro Almodóvar Nominated – Cinema Writers Circle Award – 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 Little Birds Contessa Mandrax Stacie Passon TV Series (6 Episodes)
Do you do you Saint-Tropez Carmen Moreno Nicolas Benamou Post-Production
A Mermaid in Paris Rossy Mathias Malzieu Filming


Rossy de Palma at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2011, she was one of the contestants during the first season of "Danse avec les stars".

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.[6]

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.


  1. ^ "Heroes: Rossy de Palma". V. July 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "The Jury of the 68th Cannes Film Festival". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and Guillermo del Toro Join Cannes Film Festival Jury". The Wrap. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  5. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ "International Ambassadors". Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.

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