Biography

Described by many as a Picasso come-to-life, de Palma broke the rules of beauty in 1988 when she starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and became a model and muse for designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Sybilla. Her status as an iconic fashion character was further cemented with her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter. Today, she is a theater actress, charity spokesperson for the Ghanian Charity OrphanAid Africa, and the face of luxury ad campaigns.

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. He cast her in roles based on her unique, Picassoesque appearance. She is best known for her roles in Almodóvar films like La ley del deseo (Law of Desire), Kika, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and La flor de mi secreto (The Flower of My Secret).

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 the French cosmetics company 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 sons.

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

Described by many as a Picasso come-to-life, de Palma broke the rules of beauty in 1988 when she starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and became a model and muse for designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Sybilla. Her status as an iconic fashion character was further cemented with her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter. Today, she is a theater actress, charity spokesperson for the Ghanian Charity OrphanAid Africa, and the face of luxury ad campaigns.

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. He cast her in roles based on her unique, Picassoesque appearance. She is best known for her roles in Almodóvar films like La ley del deseo (Law of Desire), Kika, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and La flor de mi secreto (The Flower of My Secret).

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 the French cosmetics company 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 sons.

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

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1964-09-16

Place of Birth Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Rosa Elena García Echave

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 ¡Ay, Carmen!
2018 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
2018 Brillantissime as Charline
2017 The Exchange
2017 Toc Toc as Ana María
2017 Madame as Maria
2017 Lord, Give Me Patience
2017 The White Princess(8 episodes) as Isabella I of Castile
2016 En tu cabeza as Milagros (Vecina)
2016 Julieta as Marian
2015 Stranded as Mercè
2015 Spy Time as Madre de Katia
2015 Just a Little Chemistry as Bárbara Sullivan
2015 French Cinema Mon Amour
2015 Graziella as Graziella
2015 Anclados(8 episodes) as Palmira
2014 Do Not Disturb as Maria
2014 Love of My Loves as Carmina
2013 Three Many Weddings as Madre de Ruth
2013 Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart as Luna
2013 Me Resbala(1 episode) as Herself - Guest
2013 I Don't Know Whether to Slit My Wrists or Leave Them Long as Lola
2013 &Me as mother
2012 Run a way as La benemérita
2010 Miss Tacuarembo as Patricia Peinado
2010 Gigola as Dominique
2009 No Pasaran as Inès
2009 Broken Embraces as Julieta
2007 La que se avecina(1 episode) as María Luisa Romero Torres
2006 Les aristos as Duquessa Maria de Malaga I Benidorm
2004 Tu la conosci Claudia? as Claudia di Aldo
2004 Double zéro as Le Monocle
2004 People as Pilar
2003 Leave Your Hands on My Hips as Myriam Bardem
2002 Dead Weight as Pauline Reggio
2000 Pasapalabra(1 episode)
2000 La mule
1999 Esa maldita costilla
1999 Nag la Bombe
1999 The Loss of Sexual Innocence as Blind Woman
1998 Talk of Angels as Elena
1998 Franchesca Page
1998 Foul Play
1998 The Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser in a Whirl of Sex and Politics
1997 La Femme du Cosmonaute
1997 Airbag as Carmiña, mujer de Pazos en una fotografía
1996 A Body in the Woods
1995 The Flower of My Secret as Rosa
1995 Peggio di così si muore as Myrna
1994 Prêt-à-Porter as Pilar
1994 Chicken Park as Necrophelia Addams
1993 Kika as Juana
1993 Mutant Action as Invitada de lujo
1992 Aquí, el que no corre... vuela
1990 Nel giardino delle rose
1990 Don Juan, My Dear Ghost as Viuda de Prodini
1990 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! as Camello en Vespa
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown as Marisa
1987 Law of Desire as Locutora tele

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