Jennifer Lopez biography 2022

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez biography


Jennifer Lopez is born July 24, 1970, in Bronx, New York, USA.

The daughter of David, a computer programmer, and Guadalupe, a kindergarten teacher, always dreamed of becoming a performer. Talented in singing and dancing, Jennifer began performing in stage musicals, dancing in a European tour of Golden Musicals of Broadway, a Japanese time of Synchronicity, and local productions of Oklahoma and Jesus Christ Superstar.

She would get more recognition when she was cast as one of the "Fly Girl" dancers on FOX's In Living Color. What she really wanted to do was an act, but she stuck with In Living Color for a short while on the advice of producer Keenan Ivory Wayans.

Jim Carrey wasn't the only star in the making of In Living Color; Miss Lopez had not yet arrived at the scene. Jennifer Lopez's "Fly Girl" role led to more parts on the small screen. She landed a recurring role on FOX's short-lived series South Central after one of her Color colleagues referred her to her South Central writer and producer husband.

Although the show didn't last very long, Jennifer was seen on TV again, this time as "Melinda Lopez" in the made-for-TV movie, Second Chances. Her portrayal of the role was so impressive that producer Aaron Spelling wanted to continue the role in another of his series, Malibu Shores.

After appearing in a few episodes, Jennifer refused to develop the deal further, hoping to take her talents to the silver screen. A more made-for-TV role can be seen on her resume; Nurse Rosie in the film Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 in 1993.

Her role in the 1995 film Mi Familia, about the lives of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles from the 1930s to the present day, was the role that showed filmmakers that she was serious about acting. A year later, Jennifer starred alongside Robin Williams in Jack's disaster, beating Ashley Judd for the role.

In her next film role, riding the Money Train with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, she was the only one to receive positive reviews in a film that could have gone off the rails. After working with Jennifer Lopez in the critically acclaimed Mi Familia, Gregory Nava asked Lopez to audition for his 1997 biopic about slain Tejano singer Selena. After an intense audition, Jennifer won the role that would make her a star. That same year, Ojani Noa publicly proposed to Jennifer Lopez at the wrap party for Selena. Their marriage lasted less than a year.

Meanwhile, 1997 marked a breakout year for Jennifer, with film roles in U-Turn, Anaconda, and Blood and Wine. The following year, she co-starred with George Clooney in Out of Sight, playing Marshall Karen Sisco. This was the role that made Jennifer an A-list actress, beating out other A-list actresses for the position. Her next project was as an animated ant in the DreamWorks feature Antz, also with Sharon Stone.

Jennifer Lopez is the only Latina actress in history to claim a salary of $1 million. Still, she also released an album titled On the 6, which went platinum and spawned hits like "If You Had My Love" and "Waiting For Tonight." "After a role in the 2000 sci-fi film The Cell, Jennifer returned to the music scene with her second album, J.Lo, in February 2001.

The album took the No. 1 spot on the charts on the strength of the first single, "Love Don't Cost A Thing."

Jennifer also made history as the first female artist to have a No. 1 album and a movie in the same week, as seen when The Wedding Planner debuted as No. 1 and had audiences rushing to see J.Lo in the lead role.

While Jennifer Lopez's relationship with P. Diddy, formerly known as Sean "Puffy" Combs, fizzled (and he was on trial for gun possession and bribery charges after an incident in December 1999), Jennifer Lopez was seen in the arms of an unknown new man, Cris Judd. The couple met in January on the set of her "Love Don't Cost A Thing" video, as Judd is one of the featured dancers in the video.

She has also enjoyed success with the singles "Play" and "I'm Real" (both an original and a remix version with Ja Rule) from J.Lo; she also launched her own fashion company in 2001 designed for all her human sisters.

She has two fragrances attached to its name: Glow (which resulted in a lawsuit filed by Glow Industries alleging trademark infringement) and Still.

Jennifer is known for her romantic relationships, revealing style, and allegedly insuring her prized possessions -- behind her -- with a $1 billion policy.

Jennifer has received many awards, including a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Best Actress in Anaconda (1997), a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Selena, and an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Actress for Selena.

In 1999, Jennifer Lopez won the VH1/Vogue Fashion Award for Most Fashionable Female Artist. She also received a Latin Grammy nomination and won the Billboard Latin Award for a duet she did with Marc Anthony ("No Me Ames"), as well as the MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video for "Waiting For Tonight" in 2000. Named Female Entertainer of the Year by ALMA in 2000 and topping the list of the 100 sexiest women in the world thanks to FHM magazine, Jennifer Lopez received even more accolades.

In 2001, after dating her backup dancer Cris Judd for less than eight months, the couple married in September 2001, only to divorce less than a year later. The settlement cost her $15 million.

In 2002, Jennifer won a World Music Award for Best-Selling Latin Female Artist, an MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video (I'm Real), and a VH1/Vogue Fashion Award for Most Influential Artist.

2002, actor Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who met on the set of the movie Gigli, started dating for real. She won an American Music Award for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist in 2003; all the celebrations came to a screeching halt when her film, Gigli (2003), hit theaters and received unanimously negative reviews.

After a highly publicized romance (Affleck even stars in her "Jenny From The Block" music video) that made the front page of every tabloid weekly, the couple ended their engagement in February 2004. Lopez is keeping busy with films Jersey Girl, Shall We Dance?

An Unfinished Life and Tick-Tock, all set for release in 2004, and Monster-in-Law, due in 2005. You can also see her on the DVD /EP The Reel Me, featuring 17 music videos and remixed hits.

On June 5, 2004, Jennifer Lopez made headlines again because she and Latin pop singer Marc Anthony exchanged vows at a wedding. Although rumors of the wedding circulated, fans were still shocked to learn that J.Lo was on her third marriage.



last updated October 2022

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