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Jennifer Lopez, also known as J.Lo, is an actress, singer, record producer, dancer and fashion designer.

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Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez arriving at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami, Florida on August 29, 2004
Jennifer Lopez arriving at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami, Florida on August 29, 2004
Background information Birth name Jennifer Lynn Lopez Also known as J.Lo, Jenny Born July 24, 1969 (1969-07-24) (age 39) Origin The Bronx, New York, U.S. Genre(s) Pop music, R&B, Dance-pop, Latin pop Occupation(s) Actress, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, fashion designer, television producer Years active 1987–present Label(s) Epic, Work Website JenniferLopez.com

Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969[1]), popularly nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer. She is the richest person of Latin American descent in Hollywood according to Forbes, and the most influential Hispanic entertainer in the U.S. according to People en Español's list of "100 Most Influential Hispanics".[2]

Starting in 1999, Lopez released seven albums, including two number one albums on the Billboard 200 charts and four Billboard Hot 100 number one singles. She won the 2003 American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and the 2007 American Music Award for Favorite Latin Artist. She has appeared in numerous films, and has won ALMA Awards for outstanding actress for her work in Selena, Out of Sight, and Angel Eyes. She parlayed her media fame into a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement.

Media attention has also focused on her personal life. She has had high-profile relationships with Ojani Noa, Cris Judd, Sean Combs, Ben Affleck, and Marc Anthony. Her first children, fraternal twins named Max and Emme, were born on February 22, 2008.[3]


Early life

Jennifer Lopez was born and grew up in the South Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe Rodríguez, a kindergarten teacher, and David Lopez, a computer specialist.[4] She has two siblings, Lynda and Leslie. Lopez spent her entire academic career in Catholic schools, finishing at the all-girls Preston High School, in the Bronx. She financed singing and dancing lessons for herself from the age of 19. After attending Baruch College for one semester, Lopez divided her time between working in a legal office, dance classes, and dance performances in Manhattan night clubs. She had a bit part in the 1987 film My Little Girl. After months of auditioning for dance roles, Lopez was selected as a dancer for various rap music videos, a 1990 episode of Yo! MTV Raps, and as a backup dancer for the New Kids on the Block and their performance of their song "Games" for the American Music Awards in 1991. After being rejected twice, she gained her first regular high-profile job as a "Fly Girl" dancer on the television comedy program In Living Color in 1990. Soon after, Lopez became a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and made an appearance in her 1993 video "That's the Way Love Goes".

Film and television

Early work

Lopez appeared on three short-lived television programs: South Central, Second Chances, and Hotel Malibu. She also appeared in the made-for-television film Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7. Lopez's first serious screen role was in Gregory Nava's 1995 drama My Family, playing the character of Young Maria in the 1920s. After starring alongside Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos in My Family, Lopez starred in the action film Money Train opposite Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.[5] In 1996, she beat out Ashley Judd and Lauren Holly for the supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's 1996 comedy Jack starring Robin Williams,[6] She then starred opposite Jack Nicholson in Bob Rafelson's well-received noir thriller Blood and Wine.

Critical success

Lopez's first big break came in 1997, when she was chosen to play the title role in Selena, a biopic of the Tejano pop singer Selena. Despite having previously worked with Nava on Mi Familia, Lopez was subjected to an intense auditioning process before landing the lead role of Selena. She earned widespread praise for her performance, including a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy" in 1998, and became the highest-paid Hispanic actress in history with her paycheck of $1 million or more for a film role.[7] Some of her other critically-acclaimed films include Out of Sight, The Cell, An Unfinished Life, and Shall We Dance?. Two independent films produced by Lopez were well-received at film festivals: El Cantante at the

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FilmographyAntz, An Unfinished Life, Selena (movie), Blood and Wine, El Cantante (The Singer), Jersey Girl, Monster-in-Law, U-Turn, Enough, Anaconda, Maid in Manhattan, Dallas, Gigli, Angel Eyes, Out of Sight, The Cell, Jack (movie)
Nationality:  American
Genre:  Pop
Birth Date:  July 24, 1969, Jul 24, 1970 12:00 A
Height:  64 inches
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Quick Tip by . May 27, 2011
posted in Music Matters
She sings! She acts! She's not irreplaceably good at either one! But she looks good in a form-fitting one-piece dress!
Quick Tip by . December 13, 2010
She's better as an actress and dancer to, but Jennifer Lopez has put out some decent tunes.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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I'm not the biggest fan, but I can appreciate someone who I saw years ago on TV and in 10 years was one of the biggest starts in the world.
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