Date of Birth: July 24, 1969
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York, USA
Height: 5' 6"
|Jennifer Lopez Biography
Jennifer Lopez was born in New York City, on July 24, 1969. The daughter of Puerto Rican parents, David Lopez, a computer programmer, and Guadalupe Rodríguez, a kindergarten teacher, the young Lopez always dreamed of becoming a performer.
With talents in singing and dancing, Jennifer began performing in stage musicals, dancing in a European tour of Golden Musicals of Broadway, a Japanese tour of Synchronicity, and local productions of Oklahoma and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Lopez financed singing and dancing lessons for herself from the age of 16. After leaving a one semester-long career at Baruch College, Lopez divided her time between working in a legal office, dance classes and dance performances in Manhattan clubs at night. After months of auditioning for dance roles, Lopez was selected as a dancer for various rap artists' music videos, and was given a guest spot on the American Music Awards. After being rejected for the role twice, Lopez gained her first regular high profile gig was as a "Fly Girl" dancer on the television comedy program, In Living Color in 1991. Soon after Lopez became a back-up dancer for famed Pop star Janet Jackson and made an appearance in her video for "That's The Way Love Goes." Scheduled and contracted to go on Janet Jackson's World Tour, she asked the superstar to be let out of her contract to pursue her acting dreams.
Lopez eventually landed a recurring role on FOX's short-lived series South Central after one of her In Living Color co-workers referred her to her South Central writer and producer. Next, Lopez was seen on television again, this time as Melinda Lopez in the made-for-TV movie, Second Chances. Her portrayal of the part was so impressive that big-league producer Aaron Spelling wanted to continue the role on another one of his series, Malibu Shores. After appearing in a mere few episodes, Jennifer refused to develop the deal further, with the hopes of taking her talents to the silver screen.
Lopez finally broke into the big screen in 1995, in the drama My Family and then appeared opposite Wesley Snipes in the action film Money Train. Lopez has also played roles in Francis Ford Coppola's 1996 comedy Jack starring Robin Williams, and the 1997 thriller Blood and Wine with Jack Nicholson. She played the lead role in the film Selena and in 1998, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance. She also became the first Latina actress to get paid $1 million or more for one film, for her role in Selena.
In 1997 Lopez had a full schedule appearing in U Turn, Anaconda and Blood and Wine. The following year, she co-starred with George Clooney in Out of Sight, playing U.S. Marshall Karen Sisco. This was the role that made Jennifer an A-list actress, beating out other A-list actresses for the role in the process. Her next project was as an animated ant in the DreamWorks feature Antz, also with Sharon Stone. In 2000 Lopez appeared in the sci-fi flick, The Cell.
Lopez's debut album On the 6, at age of thirty, a reference to the subway line she used to take growing up in Castle Hill, was released on June 1, 1999, and reached the top ten of the Billboard 200. The album featured the multi-week No. 1 lead single, "If You Had My Love," as well as the top ten hit "Waiting For Tonight." On the 6 also featured guest artists such as Big Pun and Fat Joe in the track "Feelin' So Good." "Let's Get Loud" was released as a single, earning Lopez a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Dance Recording category in 2000. The nomination occurred again for "Waiting for Tonight" in 2001.
Lopez's second album, J. Lo, was released in January 2001 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The lead single, "Love Don't Cost A Thing" was her first number one single in the United Kingdom and reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
On November 26, 2002, Lopez released her third studio album, This Is Me... Then, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned two singles; "Jenny From The Block," featuring Jadakiss and Styles P which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; and "All I Have" featuring LL Cool J which spent multiple weeks at #1. This album included a cover of Carly Simon's "You Belong To Me."
After a considerable amount of time away from the music scene, Lopez finally released her fourth studio album, Rebirth, on March 1, 2005. The album was produced mostly by Rich Harrison and Timbaland. Debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 to decent sales success, the album quickly fell off the charts. The album spawned one hit in "Get Right", which reached the top 20. "Get Right" was also a hit in the U.K., becoming her second No. 1 single there. The second single, "Hold You Down," which featured Fat Joe, made it into the top 75 in the U.S., peaking at No. 64.
On October 17, 2006, Lopez is to release her first Spanish language album, titled Como Ama Una Mujer, which is a mixture of pop and ballads.
Lopez has been married three times. Her first marriage was to Ojani Noa on February 22, 1997. Lopez met Noa while he worked as a waiter at a Miami restaurant. They divorced in March 1998.
She then had a two and a half year, somewhat stormy relationship with Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy). On December 27, 1999, Lopez and Combs were at Club New York, a midtown Manhattan nightclub, when gunfire erupted between Combs' entourage and another group. Lopez and Combs were being driven away from the scene when they were chased and stopped by the police. A loaded gun was found in the front seat of their vehicle. Lopez was charged with felony gun possession, but the charges were dropped, as she was riding in the back seat at the time.
Her second marriage was to her former backup dancer, Cris Judd. She met Judd while filming the music video for her single "Love Don't Cost A Thing." The two were married on September 29, 2001, at a home in a Los Angeles suburb. The marriage ended in June 2002, during which time she had reportedly started dating actor Ben Affleck.
Lopez and Affleck's relationship was highly publicized, with the media dubbing them "Bennifer." Lopez announced her engagement to Affleck in October 2002, after Affleck gave her a ring worth a reported $3.5 million. The marriage, planned for September 14, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California, was called off just a few days before the event. She and Affleck announced a permanent split on January 20, 2004.
Shortly after her breakup with Affleck, Lopez was seen out with singer Marc Anthony, who had recently separated from his wife, former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. Lopez and Anthony married in a secret wedding on June 5, 2004, less than a week after his divorce from Torres was finalized on June 1.
Lopez owns a clothing line, JLO by Jennifer Lopez, whose brand has been licensed for a term by Warnaco Group. In 2005, she launched a new clothing line called Sweetface.
On April 12, 2002, Lopez opened an elegant Cuban restaurant in the South Lake district of Pasadena, California named Madre's.Lopez has also dabbled in the perfume industry, with her debut "Glow by J.Lo" which broke numerous records in sales.
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