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Jennifer Lopez

in full Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

Born July 24, 1969, in Castle Hill "Bronx",

New York, Lopez began her career as a
dancer, appearing in stage musicals and
various music videos. Jennifer grew up in
the South Bronx with New York to Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe
Rodríguez, a kindergarten teacher, and David Lopez, a computer specialist.
She is considered the richest person of Latin American descent in Hollywood.
In 1990, she won a national competition and earned a spot dancing on the
popular Fox comedy television series, "In Living Color," as one of the "Fly
Girls." A series of small acting jobs followed, including parts in two more
series and a TV movie, Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7, in 1993.
Lopez's first feature film was the critically acclaimed Mi Familia, or My
Family, in 1995. She also appeared in Money Train (1995), opposite Wesley
Snipes and Woody Harrelson, and in Jack (1996), directed by Francis Ford
Coppola and starring Robin Williams.

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 Quintillana Perez,
who was killed by a crazed fan in 1995. She earned widespread praise for her
performance, including a Golden Globe nomination, and became the highest-
paid actress in history with her paycheck of $1 million. That same year,
Lopez starred in the forgettable Anaconda and in Blood and Wine, opposite
Jack Nicholson. Her role as federal marshal Karen Sisco in Steven
Soderbergh's Out of Sight, a film based on the Elmore Leonard novel and co-
starring George Clooney, further enhanced her image as a bankable movie

.The popularity of the multi-talented Lopez reached new heights in early

2001, when her album, J. Lo debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts, while her
film, the romantic comedy The Wedding Planner, shot to the top spot at the
box office in its first week of release. In December 2002, she performed
another one-two punch with the release of the record This Is Me ... Then and
a starring role in the comedy Maid in Manhattan, which was a box office hit,
if not a critical one. In 2003, she co-starred with Ben Affleck in the box office
bomb, Gigli. Other projects included Jersey Girl (also with Affleck) and An
Unfinished Life, in which she played a single mom taken in by her father-in-
law played by Robert Redford. She also starred opposite Richard Gere in
Shall We Dance?, a remake of the top-grossing Japanese flick.
Lopez was briefly married, in 1997, to Ojani Noa, a model and actor. She
then had a lengthy and widely publicized relationship with rapper Sean
"Puffy" Combs. In December 1999, Combs and Lopez were allegedly involved
in a shooting incident outside a New York City nightclub, in which three
people were injured. Combs was later charged with gun possession and
bribery, as prosecutors claimed he offered his driver, Wardel Fenderson,
$50,000 to say that the loaded gun police found at the scene of the crime
was Fenderson's. He was acquitted of all charges, but Combs confirmed in
mid-February that he and Lopez had separated.

Shortly after her breakup from Combs was made public, Lopez began dating
Cris Judd, a dancer who appeared in the video for her hit single "Love Don't
Cost a Thing." After much media speculation, the couple announced their
engagement in August 2001. They were married in late September. Nine
months later, the couple separated. In the fall of 2002, the star began dating
actor Ben Affleck; they announced their engagement in November. Following
rumors of the relationship's demise, the couple broke up in early 2004. Lopez
subsequently married singer Marc Anthony in June 2004 at a private
ceremony at her Los Angeles mansion.

In 2007, Lopez released her first Spanish language album, Como Ama una
Mujer, which did well on the Latin and pop charts. She found musical success
again later that same year with Brave. While the title track has received
some attention, Lopez's personal life has generated more media interest.
Once known for her revealing fashions, she started wearing loose-fitting
tops, creating speculation about whether she was pregnant. Many photos of
her seemed to show a "baby bump," but the official announcement didn't
come until Nov. 7, 2007. Lopez gave birth to twins February 22, 2008. The
baby boy and girl are the first children for Lopez and the fourth and fifth for
her husband, salsa star Marc Anthony.

Fun Facts about Jennifer Lopez!

1. Once interviewed on air by younger sister Lynda, a correspondent for New

York's Channel 11 News, Jennifer Lopez exclaimed, "Here I am talking about
boys with my baby sister on television!"
2. A health conscious star, Jennifer Lopez doesn't drink or smoke, telling In
Style, "I think that ruins your skin. Of course, during celebratory toasts,
everybody's like, 'You can't toast with water!' So I'll toast with alcohol and
just take a sip."
3. Estimating her worth at $255 million, Fortune magazine put Jennifer
Lopez on its 2004 list of wealthiest entertainers under the age of 40.
4. Oliver Stone, who directed Jennifer Lopez in 1997's U-Turn, was
impressed by her work ethic. "She's a tough chick," he told PEOPLE. "She
was barefoot for days with fake blood on her."
Quotes by Jennifer Lopez

“I'd be stupid not to take into consideration that there are certain things
people will not consider me for because my name is Lopez. And I know I can
do any kind of role. I don't want anybody to say, Oh, she can't pull this off. So
those are barriers that you have to overcome.”
“You get what you give. What you put into things is what you get out of

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