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Jennifer Lynn Lopez (J.Lo)

Jennifer López, a Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent, has emerged from acting in a series of minor television and movie roles to become a leading lady in major Hollywood feature films. She began her career as a dancer in musicals and got her first break in 1991 wheia she was laired as a fly girl one of the dancers in the Fox television variety series In Living Color.

Background

  • López was born on July 24, 1970, in the Bronx, New York, to David and Guadalupe López, a computer specialist and a kindergarten teacher.

  • Education

    • The second of three sisters, she began dance classes at the age of five and later continued with the New York City-based Ballet Hispánico, where she practiced flamenco, ballet, and jazz dancing. Her first stage was her living room, where as children, she and her sisters would entertain family members. Her early academic education took place at the Holy Family School, and in 1986 she graduated from Preston High School in the Bronx. After high school she moved to Manhattan, where in 1986 she landed a dancing part in the European tour of Golden Musicals of Broadway and danced in the chorus in the Japanese tour of the theater production Synchronicity. That same year she made her feature film debut with a small part in My Little Girl.

    Career

    • In what many consider to be a meteoric ascension to celebrity, López auditioned for and landed a spot as a dancer, or "fly girl," on the television show In Living Color (1991), a role that is considered as her big break because, apart from being on a weekly national television show, it required her to relocate to Los Angeles. In 1993, after two seasons on In Living Color, she was cast as Lucy in the short-lived television series South Central. She appeared in her first made-for- television movie, Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7, and a few other television series, and then landed her first supporting role in a feature film in Gregory Navas' 1995 My Family/Mi familia, a chronicle of three generations of a Mexican immigrant family in the United States. That same year, she had her first leading role in the film Money Train with actors Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. Her acting caught the eye of director Francis Ford Coppola, who cast her in a supporting role in the 1996 film jack, where she co-starred with Robin Williams.

      In 1997 she played a Cuban-exile, opposite Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine in Blood and Wine. López then landed a role in the film that is considered her break through Selena. Playing the title role of Tejano musical star Selena Quintanilla, López emerged as one of Hollywood's leading actresses. Selena won López the American Latino Media Arts Award (ALMA) for Outstanding Actress, and gained her attention from critics. That same year, she also appeared in the hit film Anaconda, where she was cast as a documentary film director. Grossing over $100 million in the United States alone, Anaconda became 1997's highest-ranking film featuring a Latino in a starring role. One of her first non-ethnic roles was in director Oliver Stone's critically acclaimed film noir U-Turn (1997), where she played opposite actors Nick Nolte and Sean Penn. From 1998 through 2000 López continued appearing in a broad range of roles. She starred with George Clooney in the crime thriller Out of Sight (1998) and was the voice of Azteca, a worker ant in the animated film Antz (1998). In 1999 she appeared in Thieves and Pluto Nash, and in 2000 played a psychologist in the psychological thriller The Cell. In her multitude of roles López has avoided being typecast as a Latina actress.

      In 1999 she recorded her first album, On the 6; the title is a tribute to the subway that she took from the Bronx to Manhattan for dance lessons. A single from that album, "If You Had My Love," became a major hit. Singles from this album received two Latin Grammy Award nominations in 2000 for Best Dance Recording and Best Pop Performance, and another in 2001 again for Best Dance Recording. hr addition, it was nominated in three categories for the Billboard 2000 Latin Music Awards. The simultaneous release of her 2001 film The Wedding Planner and her second music CD, J.Lo, and their concurrent rise to the top of the charts in their respective categories made her the third woman, after singers Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston, to achieve such level of success. In September 2001 Lopez's first two concert performances were held in Roberto Clemente Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The concert was released in as the album Let's Get Loud.

      López has become almost as famous for her clothes as for her acting, making headlines worldwide when she appeared at the 1999 Grammy awards ceremony with a Versace dress that plunged down to her navel. She won VH1/Vogue Fash-ion Awards' Most Fashionable Female Artist in 2000 and was awarded the Most Influential Artist of the Year prize at the VH1 /Vogue Fashion Awards in 2002. She was also named in People magazine's 2001 "best dressed" list and received the MTV Movie Award for best dressed in the film The Cell (2001). However, the recognition she has received for her performances outnumber those for fashion. Among them are the 1998 Image Foundation and Lone Star Film and Television awards for best actress for her portrayal of Selena. In 1999 she was awarded the Outstanding Actress/Crossover Role for her role in Out of Sight from the American Latino Media Arts, who also selected her as Female Entertainer of the Year in 2001.

      Lopez's 2002 music video "Love Don't Cost a Thing" was awarded the People's Choice Award for Outstanding Video at the ALMA Awards, and at MTV's Music Awards she won Best Hip Hop Video for the remix of I m Real. López starred in Angel Eyes (2001) and Maid in Manhattan (2002). Also in 2002 she released the album This Is Me... Then, which was certified Double Platinum worldwide by early 2003.

    Politics

    Lopez’s actions seem to speak for themselves: her money and time go to human rights and liberal political causes.

    Party affiliation: Liberal Party

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Views

    Quotations: “Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit. Somebody said to me not too long ago, 'Until you're twenty, you have the face you are born with, and after that you have the face you deserve', and I really loved that - the idea that you wear who you are on your face.”

    “If you kiss on the first date and it's not right, then there will be no second date. Sometimes it's better to hold out and not kiss for a long time. I am a strong believer in kissing being very intimate, and the minute you kiss, the floodgates open for everything else.”

    “You laugh it off, you get upset for a little while, you're human and you let it go.”

    Personality

    Interests

    Sport & Clubs: Fitness, Yoga

    Cinema, Music, Dancing

    Connections

    • father: David Lopez - Spain
    • mother: Guadalupe Lopez - Spain - homemaker
    • Son: Maximilian David
    • Daughter: Emme Maribel
    • 1-st husband: Ojani Onoa
      Lopez has been in two short-lived marriages. The first one, which was with Ojani Onoa, ended in divorce in 1998 after 21 months, and the second, in 2001-2002, was with Chris Judd, her former backup dancer. Between marriages, in 1999-2000, she dated singer and designer Puff Daddy, breaking up after a shooting incident in a New York night club. Recently, Lopez has been engaged to Ben Affleck, but the marriage planned for September 13, 2003 was called off a few days before the event. In January 2004 the couple split.

      News media reported that on June 5, 2004, Lopez married singer Marc Anthony. However, after more than half a year of matrimony, it has been rumoured that the Lopez-Anthony marriage may be on the rocks.
    • 2-nd husband: Chris Jud
    • 3-rd husband: Marc Anthony
    Jennifer Lynn Lopez
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    Born July 24, 1969
    (age 48)
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    • 1975 - 1983
      Catholic School
    • 1980
      Work on television
    • 1983 - 1986
      Preston High School
    • 1983
      American actress, businesswoman, dancer and recording artist
    • 1987 - 1991
      Baruch College
      New York, United States

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