Jennifer Lopez - Biography

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One of the extremely popular entertainers of today, Jennifer Lopez has shown her versatility to the world as a dancer, actor,fashion designer and singer. She is still considered by many as the most ravishing woman in the entertainment industry. She is also one of the richest celebrities with an estimated net worth of $250 million. With the dream of becoming a "famous movie star", Lopez left her hometown for New York and started her journey as a dancer. Soon her beauty and talent was discovered and thus, began her film career. Later on, when she gained fair amount of success as an actor, she diverted her attention towards singing. In no time, her songs became a rage and were charting at no.1 in America. Her sensational dances in the music videos rapidly enhanced the sales and got her a celebrity status. However, as she remained in constant public attention, her relationships served as a fodder for celebrity gossips. She married thrice - two of which lasted for a year or even less. She was married for the longest time to singer Marc Anthony with whom she has two children, but then, like her previous marriages, it could not last forever.


Childhood & Early Life

  • Jennifer is the second of the three children born to Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez. She was five when her parents sent her to singing and dancing classes and when she grew up, she was enrolled in the Preston High School.
  • In the final year of high school, she sought several small film projects and landed herself a role in a low-budget film ‘My Little Lady’ in 1986. She went to the ‘Baruch College’ but later dropped out, with the dream of becoming a movie star.
  • Her parents, however, did not approve of the career she chose for herself. This caused her to move out of her family and live separately in Manhattan.



  • After a brief period of work as dancer and actor in some stage musicals, she won a national competition in 1990 and earned a role as one of the ‘Fly Girls’ in the Fox comedy series ‘In Living Color’.
  • She appeared in some other television series, before debuting in Hollywood with the film ‘My Family’ in 1995. The film enjoyed reasonable commercial and critical success. Her breakthrough film came in 1997, in which she played the title role was ‘Selena’, biopic of the singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who died very young.
  • The same year she played one of the lead roles in the popular movies ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Blood and Wine’. She also starred in the crime film ‘Out of Sight’ in 1998, opposite Hollywood star George Clooney.
  • In 1999, she made her debut in music with the album ‘On the 6’, from which ‘If You Had My Love’ became a huge success.
  • Her second big hit came in 2000 with the single ‘Waiting for Tonight’ and the same year, she starred in two films ‘The Cell’ and ‘Enough’.
  • In 2001, he her singing career as well as her success reached new heights with her album ‘J. Lo’, the copies of which sold like hotcakes. The same year she starred in the commercially successful film ‘The Wedding Planner’.
  • She starred with Ben Affleck in the film ‘Gigli’ and in 2004 she played the female lead in the film ‘Shall We Dance?’ opposite Richard Gere.
  • In 2007, she starred with her husband Marc Anthony in the biographical film ‘El Cantante’ which was a huge critical success. That year, she also released her Spanish album ‘Como Ama una Mujer’ which was well-received and performed good in the pop charts.
  • Now a celebrity, Lopez was invited as one of the judges in the singing reality show ‘American Idol’ in their eleventh season in January 2012. However in July, she departed from the show, shortly after co-judge Steven Tyler left the show. The same month, she released one of her extremely hit albums, ‘Dance Again... the Hits’.


Major Works

  • Her single ‘If You Had My Love’, from her debut album ‘On the 6’ reached no. 1 on the Billboard 100 and was regarded as one of the most ‘infectious singles’ released that year.
  • Another song from the same album ‘Waiting for Tonight’ became hugely popular and is considered her best single till date. It reached number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also earned her a Grammy nomination.
  • The film ‘Selena’ in which she portrayed the title character, received amazing critical reviews. Made with a budget of $20 million, the film grossed $35 million at the box-office.


    Awards & Achievements

    • In 1998, she earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for her role as the singer ‘Selena’ in the movie of the same name.
    • Two of her singles, ‘Waiting for Tonight’ and ‘Let's Get Loud’, were nominated for Grammy Awards for the Best Dance Recording in 2000.
    • In 2003, her album, ‘J to tha L-O! The Remixes’ earned a place in the Guinness World Record for first number-one remix album on the Billboard 200.
    • Once again in 2012, her name was listed in the Guinness World Record for her album ‘On the Floor’ for being the ‘Highest Viewed Female Music Video of All Time’.
    • She received her ‘Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 2013.

    Personal Life & Legacy

    • Lopez married Cuban actor OjaniNoa, in February 1997 which lasted less than a year and the couple divorced in January 1998.
    • On September 29, 2001, she married actor and choreographer Cris Judd and filed for divorce in June 2002.
    • In 2002, she had started dating actor Ben Affleck and they got engaged in November of that year. They parted ways in January 2004.
    • Lopez married actor, record producer and singer-songwriter, Marc Anthony on 5th June. The couple had their first children, a twin, on February 22, 2008. In 2012, they filed for divorce.
    • From October 2011 to 2014, Lopez dated Casper Smart, her former back-up dancer.


    • This immensely popular American actor and singer, was called ‘La Guitarra’, at her gym as her body is curved like a guitar.
    • This famous actress and singer was the first one to have her movie and her album reach no.1 in the same week.



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