Movie beauty PENELOPE CRUZ stunned staff at a London tanning salon by paying for two top-up sessions with signed photographs of herself.

The Vanilla Sky actress wanted to look her best for Tuesday's (6JAN04) British premiere of boyfriend Tom Cruise's new film THE LAST SAMURAI - so the 29-year-old visited Notting Hill's THE TANNING SHOP last Saturday (3JAN04) and Monday (5JAN04) and on both occasions bypassed the usual custom of paying cash, according to British newspaper the DAILY MIRROR.

A source says, "It's hard to picture someone like Penelope Cruz stood upright in a booth, getting sprayed by a load of brown gunk and wearing nothing but a shower cap. But she loved it.

"Although there are three levels of tans she opted for one which just gives you a healthy colour.

"She was so impressed she reappeared two days later."

09/01/2004 13:42