Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has hired her first bodyguard - after two men attacked her on Sunday (23JAN05) in an unsuccessful attempt to steal her handbag.

The VANILLA SKY star was in the back of a Mercedes in Paris, France when the pair tried to shatter the passenger window to rob her, reports British newspaper The Sun.

But her chauffeur fortunately sped away from the men, while Cruz allegedly sobbed in the back seat.

An insider says, "Penelope cried all the way back to the hotel. She was very frightened.

"One of the men had a large rock and was ramming it on the glass. How it didn't smash was a miracle."

27/01/2005 02:40