Jennifer Lopez, the
first Latina actress to get paid over a million per movie as well
as the first artist to have a number one movie and album in the
As a dancer, singer,
and actress J.Lo has got it all! She is one of the biggest names
in entertainment today! Her new hit album, J.Lo, debuted at number
one for two straight weeks and with her 2001 release Angel Eyes,
she could be close to an Oscar nomination. But this is just the
beginning for this multitalented and beautiful artist...
July 24, 1969 saw the
birth of Jennifer Lynn Lopez; second daughter to Guadalupe Rodriguez
Lopez, a kindergarten teacher, and David Lopez, a computer operator
specialist. Lopez, Leslie and Lynda, her two other sisters, grew
up listening to the rhythms of Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. At
the age of five, little Jenny performed in the living room for
her parents and at seven years old she went to her first tour
around New York City with her dance class.
Jennifer Lopez is one
of those stars who worked hard for years for her “overnight”
success. The singer/dancer/actor began her career as a dancer
in stage musicals, touring Europe (in Golden Musicals of Broadway)
and Japan (in Synchronicity) as a teen. At age sixteen, she appeared
in the movie, My Little Girl (1986).
After graduating from
Preston High School, Lopez attended one semester at Baruch College
in New York City studying law, but Jennifer’s first love
was dancing. When she heard about scholarships to a dance school
in Manhattan, she went for it. At the same time she was taking
full time courses in Baruch and taking her dance classes. Eventually
this lead to a falling out with her mother who didn’t want
Jennifer to keep dancing and giving up studying to become a lawyer.
So Jen moved out the house without having anywhere to stay, she
moved into the building where she took dance classes.
In 1990, Lopez was
hired as a fly girl (dancer) for the TV series, In Living Color,
showcasing her natural energy and talent. During the next two
years she took on acting roles in TV’s South Central, Second
Chances and Malibu Road and, in 1993, completed her television
career with the TV movie Nurses On The Line: The Crash Of Flight
Her small screen career
may have ended, but stardom was just beginning. Lopez was cast
in Mi Familia (My Family) and Money Train in 1995, and Jack in
1996. It was in 1997 (during which year she was married to, and
divorced from, Ojani Noa) that the big movies came her way --
Blood and Wine, Selena, Anaconda, and U Turn. That year she was
named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People
and received a Golden Globe Best Actress Nomination for her uncannily
accurate portrayal of singer Selena Quintanilla Perez in Selena.
The acclaim brought her parts in Out Of Sight (1998), after which
she became the highest paid Latin actress, and Antz (voice - 1998).
Lopez showed herself
to be a fine actor in the Selena role, but wasn’t acting
when she paralleled the role of the popular singer in real life
with her own music career. Her debut album, On The 6, went platinum
within two months of its release. Lopez was nominated for four
MTV music awards and won the Billboard Pop Clip Of The Year award
for the music video If You Had My Love. Her single Waiting For
Tonight from the album, and the album itself, have been nominated
for Grammy awards. Lopez is nominated, as well, for Brit Awards
2000 Best International Newcomer and Best International Solo Artist
The public and critical
recognition of the last year was tempered, recently, with some
sordid front-page news. Lopez was nabbed and jailed along with
rap artist Sean “Puffy” Combs (she and Combs are the
unofficial “first couple of hip-hop”) in an alleged
gun possession incident. Although locked up for 14 hours, Lopez
was released without being charged. Supportive followers gathered
for her subsequent court appearance.
Already Lopez has three
movies upcoming in 2000 and 2001 -- The Wedding Planner, Angel
Eyes and The Cell. This talented entertainer has a solid fan base
and credits in the tough worlds of pop music and Hollywood hits.
Her off-camera troubles pale beside both her accomplishments and
On November 17, 2000,
the date when her second album was supposed to drop in stores,
was held back till January 23, 2001 and its title changed from
A Passionate Journey to J.Lo. In December in the MTV Europe Music
Awards her first single, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”,
was performed live and world premiered! On January 23, 2001, the
album finally hit the streets and debuted on the Billboard Charts
in many countries at number one, while her single was still heating
up the charts! In that same week, “The Wedding Planner”,
a romantic comedy, was released in theaters and snatched the number
one position at the box office. Making Jennifer Lopez the first
entertainer to have her an album and a movie debut at number one
in the same week!
After the release of
her new album and movie rumors of a split from Puff Daddy, currently
P.Diddy, were still were around until P.Diddy officially announced
that they were broken up on February 14, 2001. After the break
up with Sean (P.Diddy) Combs, Jennifer moved on and went on to
start filming her new movie, Enough and found a new partner, Cris
Judd, a California dancer-turned-video director, who appeared
in her videos Love Don't Cost A Thing and Play.
Through all the tough
and rough times this multitalented artist, Jennifer Lopez has
gone through, she is one of the biggest entertainers and idols
of today. She's currently rumored to be pregnant and engaged to
Judd, and plans to wed have been made for September 2001.
Lopez's third single
off her sophomore album, J.Lo, I'm Real Remix featuring rapper
Ja Rule, premiered June 25, 2001 on MTV. A new clothing line,
appropriately named J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, hit stores Fall 2001
and Jen's next film Enough, was released on May 24 2002.
J.Lo went back to her
'roots', Puerto Rico, to film a concert special for broadcast
by NBC on November 20, 2001.
Hit after hit, box
office after box office, Jennifer Lopez cannot and will not be
stopped. She'll continue to ascend to the highest places in the
entertainment industry, becoming one of the brightest shining