Biography

Her movies. Her music. Her marriages. Her magnificent rear. This Latina bombshell has many names---J.Lo, Jenny from the Block, La Lopez---and is famous for many reasons. A Bronx native, Lopez studied dance from an early age and got her first taste of the spotlight as a backup dancer on the sketch comedy series In Living Color in the early 1990s. Acting parts on a number of short-lived series followed before she moved on to the big screen as a supporting player. Landing the title role in the 1997 biopic Selena was what jump-started her career. Even though she lip-synched to the slain Tejano singer's voice---an ironic twist considering Lopez was on the cusp of becoming a pop star---the hot actress was praised for her performance. The next year she won critical accolades as a very sexy U.S. marshal in Out of Sight. In 1999, with film offers rolling in, she released her first album, On the 6, which spawned a number of hit singles. She also became a paparazzo's dream when she started stepping out with rap mogul Sean Puffy Combs in a slew of eye-catching outfits. (Remember that green Donatella Versace with the plunging neckline?) The early 2000s were busy for the diva as she made movies, albums and lots of gossip, with a quickie marriage and divorce from dancer Cris Judd, a stormy high-profile romance with Ben Affleck---which spawned the punny nickname "Bennifer" and two subpar movies (Gigli and Jersey Girl). On screen, Lopez was America's sweetheart, starring in a succession of romantic comedies (The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan) even though her own love life was a mess. Then in a surprise move in 2004, she married singer Marc Anthony a few days after his divorce from his first wife became final. The couple celebrated the birth of fraternal twins in 2008.  The couple split in 2011.

Fast Facts

  • First gained attention as a "fly girl" on the Fox hit In Living Color.
  • Is the daughter of a computer specialist and a kindergarten teacher.
  • Launched a clothing line called JLO by Jennifer Lopez in 2001.
  • Also has her own production company, Nuyorican Productions, founded with former manager Benny Medina.
  • Became the first actress and singer to have a movie, The Wedding Planner, and an album, J.Lo, make it to No. 1 in the same week.
  • Earned $15 million for her role in 2005's Monster-in-Law, making her the highest paid Latina actress in Hollywood at the time.
  • Landed on the Forbes list of the Richest 20 Women in Entertainment in 2007.

Awards

  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Maximilian David Muñiz — Son
  • Emme Maribel Muñiz — Daughter
  • Casper Smart — Significant Other
  • David Lopez — Father
  • Sean Combs — Ex-significant Other
  • Ben Affleck — Ex-fiancé
  • Lupe Lopez — Mother
  • Marc Anthony — Ex-husband
  • Cris Judd — Ex-husband
  • Ojani Noa — Ex-husband
  • Lynda López — Sister
  • Leslie Lopez — Sister

Details

  • Birth Name: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Birthday: July 24, 1969, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Model
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