Jennifer Lynn López (born July 24, 1969) is a well-known
American actress, Grammy Award-nominated pop/Latin/R&B singer,
fashion designer, and dancer. She is also commonly nicknamed J-Lo
Lopez was born in The Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe
Rodríguez and David López. She has two sisters, Lynda
and Leslie. Though López's parents were born in the same
Puerto Rican town, they did not meet until they both had moved to
Castle Hill. They were strict with their children and instilled
a strong work ethic in them no one in the family was allowed
to miss a day of school, work, or church (the family was devoutly
Roman Catholic). "Our parents had a strong work ethic
there wasn't really any other way," Lynda López told
Rolling Stone. López' parents also stressed assimilation,
especially the need to speak English. López spent much of
what she called "the boyfriend years" sneaking around
to meet up with first-love Davíd Cruz, whom she remained
with from the time she was 16 until she was 25."I was always
climbing out windows, jumping off roofs, and he was sneaking up,"
she said. "It was crazy." She spent her entire academic
career in Catholic school and acknowledges that she still prays
regularly. She was a driven student and natural athlete. She went
out for the track team, though she had no experience. Her father
feared that, new to the sport, she would be outclassed, but López
rose to the challenge and ended up competing nationally. "Basically,
anything she wants to do, she'll be as successful as you can at
it," sister Lynda López said. "That's the kind
of person she is."
López financed singing and dancing lessons from the age
of 16. After she dropped out of college after one semester, Lopez
pursued dancing full-time. She split her time between her job at
a law office, taking dance classes, and dancing in Manhattan clubs
at night. Though she did not, and still does not, drink alcohol,
her parents disapproved of her working nights so far from home and
feared she was associating with a dangerous crowd. She moved out
of the house in protest of her parents and literally lived on the
floor of the dance studio for many years until she could pay rent
with occasional work as a dancer. After months and months of auditioning
for dance gigs, she got her first spot and started out in television
as a video girl for various rap artists, and a guest spot on the
American Music Awards. Her first regular high profile gig was as
a fly girl dancer on the television comedy program In Living Color
in 1991 after being twice rejected. She then left the show after
two seasons due to friction with another dancer. López had
a small role in a short-lived television program South Central.
She also found television work in Second Chances and Hotel Malibu
and the made-for-TV movie Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight
7. She danced for Janet Jackson in Jackson's video for the song
"That's The Way Love Goes" in 1993. López broke
onto the big screen in 1995, in the drama My Family/Mi Familia and
opposite Wesley Snipes in the action film Money Train. She appeared
in Francis Ford Coppola's 1996 comedy Jack opposite Robin Williams,
and the 1997 thriller Blood and Wine with Jack Nicholson.
After a nationwide search of tens of thousands of women, López
was chosen to play the lead role in the film Selena. In 1998, the
Golden Globe Awards organization nominated her for the Best Performance
by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy for her performance.
López' debut album, On The 6, a reference to the subway line
she used to take growing up in Castle Hill, was released on June
1, 1999 and reached the top ten of the Billboard 200. The album
featured the multi-week #1 lead single, "If You Had My Love",
as well as the top ten hit "Waiting For Tonight". It also
contained the Spanish-language, Latin-flavored duet "No Me
Ames" with Marc Anthony, which was an international hit, though
the song was never released as a single in the US. Despite this,
the video received moderate airplay on the US music channels VH1
and The Box as a novelty. The album also spawned another international
hit in "Feelin' So Good", a hip-hop track which contained
guest raps by Big Pun and Fat Joe; it failed to make the top 50
of the Billboard Hot 100. "Let's Get Loud" was also released
as a single, and became a minor dance hit. "Waiting For Tonight"
and "Let's Get Loud" earned Lopez 2 Grammy Awards nominations
for the Best Dance Recording category, in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
Her sophomore effort, J. Lo, was released in January 2001 and debuted
at #1 on the Billboard 200. The lead single, "Love Don't Cost
A Thing" was her first UK number one single, and, along with
its follow-up, "Play" (which was written by rising teen
star, Christina Milian) became a top five hit during the year the
album was released. The album's next two singles, "I'm Real"
and "Ain't It Funny", ended up becoming her biggest hits
ever, with both spending several weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot
100. However, to capitalize on this, López asked Murder Inc.
to remix both songs, changing everything plus adding raps from Ja
Rule to both songs, and from Caddillac Tah to "Ain't It Funny
(Murder Remix)". The remixes were two of the biggest pop/rap
hits in late 2001 and early 2002, respectively, and many consider
that their more urban/hip-hop sound gave J. Lo street cred' and
opened her up her music to a whole new audiance. She re-released
J. Lo. on her 32nd birthday, July 24, 2001, including Ja Rule's
remixed version of "I'm Real".
The original version of "I'm Real" sparked controversy
when it came to light that it contained a sample of Yellow Magic
Orchestra's "Firecracker", originally planned to be used
for Mariah Carey's single "Loverboy". Rumors suggest this
was the doing of Tommy Mottola, Carey's ex-husband. Carey was forced
to scrap the sample, instead using a sample of the Cameo's song
Following the successes of the remix, Lopez decided to devote an
entire album to the effort; the result, J To Tha L-O!: The Remixes,
appeared on February 5, 2002. This album, too, debuted at #1 on
the Billboard 200, marking the first remix album in history to enter
at the top on the chart. This time around, she got 50 Cent and Nas
to write lyrics for two remixes of her next single, "I'm Gonna
Be Alright", which ended up becoming another top ten hit. The
album also included rarer dance and hip-hop remixes of her past
singles, and a new song, a ballad called "Alive", which
was included in Lopez's movie Enough.
On November 26, 2002, Lopez released her third studio album, This
Is Me... Then, which reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned
two very popular singles; the top 5 "Jenny From The Block",
(sampling the track from the song "Watch Out Now" by the
Beatnuts), and including raps from Jadakiss and Styles P and the
multi-week #1 "All I Have" featuring LL Cool J. Another
single, "I'm Glad", was also released, but only managed
to go Top 40, a rather low result considering López' usual
chart success. Another song from the album was a cover of Carly
Simon's "You Belong To Me".
In 2004, López once again participated in duets with Marc
Anthony, this time on his albums Amar Sin Mentiras and Valió
After a considerable amount of time away from the music scene,
Lopez finally released her fourth studio album, Rebirth, on March
1, 2005. Debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 to initially decent
sales success, but the album quickly fell off the charts. Despite
this, the album has so-far spawned one hit in "Get Right",
which reached the Top 20. Even so, "Get Right" was a huge
hit in the UK, becoming her second #1 single there. The second single,
"Hold You Down", which featured Fat Joe, the song made
it into the top 75 in the US, peaking at #64. It reached #17 in
Australia with little to no promotion and managed a peak of #6 in
the UK. Later in 2005, it was certified Platinum in the U.S. by
RIAA. To date, Rebirth has sold 4 million copies worldwide.
Control Myself, a song by LL Cool J featured Lopez. The song was
released on February 1, 2006 and was somewhat of a success (reaching
#4 on the U.S. Billboard Chart and #2 on the UK singles chart);
it was the first single lifted off of Cool J's 11th studio album:
Todd Smith (released April 11, 2006).
On October 17, 2006, Jennifer López is to release her first
Spanish album, titled Como Ama Una Mujer, and now she's also recording
her next English album, which is said to be ska-influenced. She
was to make her first summer tour, which included countries such
as the UAE, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Mexico, and Turkey, but that
was later cancelled.
López owns a clothing line called "JLO by Jennifer Lopez",
whose brand has been licensed for a term by Warnaco Group. Her line
is the most successful of any artists' in history and includes many
different types of clothing for young women, including jeans, tees,
coats, belts, purses, sexy lingerie and many other products. Furthermore,
she is planning to launch a jewelry line, hats, gloves and a scarves
Lopez has also dabbled in the perfume industry, with her debut
"Glow by J.Lo" which broke numerous records in sales.
In October 2003, Lopez introduced a perfume called "Still".
"Still" came with a ring attached to the bottle, meant
to perhaps mirror her infamous pink engagement ring from fiancée
Ben Affleck. Before launching a completely new fragrance, she revisited
2002's "Glow", creating a spin off "Miami Glow by
J.Lo" - an homage to her adopted hometown of Miami. The fragrance
was a limited edition which came with a braided type bracelet that
the customer could wear - reminiscent of the "J.Lo" logo
necklace that came with the "Glow by J.Lo". Around the
same time, Jennifer concocted the concept of a "Glow"
body line which was launched, featuring different body creams and
bronzers. For the Christmas season of 2005, she launched yet another
new fragrance "Live by Jennifer Lopez". Most recently,
for Valentine's Day 2006, "Miami Glow" was replaced by
yet another "Glow" spinoff - "Love At First Glow
by J.Lo". The bottle remained the same shape as "Glow"
and "Miami Glow" but is pink and comes with a "J.Lo"
logo cell phone charm.
During November of 2005 of the same year, she launched a new clothing
line called "Sweetface".
Lopez's frequent use of fur in her clothing lines and personal
wardrobe has brought the scorn of people concerned with animal rights.
At the Los Angeles premiere of Monster-in-Law, more than one hundred
protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ("PETA")
held a demonstration to highlight their concerns. Lopez told a radio
DJ she was open to being educated on the topic.
She has also done a photoshoot to represent the Louis Vuitton Winter
2003 campaign, in which the pictures would be seen all over the
world through TV commercials, billboards, ads, newspapers, magazines
Other merchandise includes a clothing and cologne line for men
due for release sometime in 2006.
López in the last time has big problems with dioptry and
she must wear glasses. The reason is not familiar but she is also
very pretty with them.
In May 2006, MTV gave the greenlight on her executively produced
reality show, Moves. In something of a The Real World meets Solid
Gold premise, the show will follow the lives of six aspiring dancers
as they struggle to make it in the competitive world of professional
Lopez, who took an active role in selecting the show's participants,
is also slated to make cameo appearances over the course of the
season and the show's eight-episode run is scheduled to kick off
López is notorious for her multiple relationships. She has
been married three times, and dated numerous men during her career.
Her first marriage, to waiter Ojani Noa, occurred on February 22,
1997. He was later named the manager of López' restaurant,
Madre's. They divorced in January 1998. On April 10, 2006, López
sued Noa, claiming he breached a confidentiality agreement he signed
by shopping around a tell-all book about their relationship.
From 1999 to 2001, she dated rapper and producer Sean "Diddy"
Combs (then known as Sean "Puff Daddy" or simply "Puffy"
Combs). Both were arrested in connection with a nightclub shooting
in December 1999. Police found them in possession of a stolen gun.
The charges against López were dropped. Combs was indicted
but was eventually tried and acquitted. The adverse publicity caused
a great deal of stress on the relationship, and their breakup was
announced (ironically enough) on Valentine's Day, 2001.
Her second marriage was to Chris Judd, her former backup dancer.
She met Judd while filming the music video for her single "Love
Don't Cost A Thing". The two were married on September 29,
2001 at a home in a Los Angeles suburb officiated by attorney Barry
Hirsch. The marriage ended in June 2002, during which time she reportedly
had started dating actor Ben Affleck.
López announced her engagement to Affleck in October 2002,
after Affleck gave her a ring worth a reported $3.5 million. The
marriage, planned for September 14, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California,
was called off just a few days before the event. She and Affleck
split for good in January 2004. Their relationship was parodied
on the South Park episode, "Fat Butt and Pancake Head"
that aired on April 16, 2003. By this time López was involved
with singer Marc Anthony, who was married at that time.
López married Anthony in a secret wedding on June 5, 2004,
less than a week after his divorce was finalized from former Miss
Universe Dayanara Torres. The guests were invited to an "afternoon
party" without knowing that they were going to a wedding. Years
before they married (or even became a couple), she and Marc Anthony
sang a song together called "No Me Ames" which appeared
on her album On The 6.
Almost immediately, rumors began that the ceremony was a "shotgun"
and that López was pregnant. López had said in the
past that, as a practicing Catholic, she would never have a baby
without being married. Complicating the situation is Anthony's refusal
to confirm his marriage to López, and the fact that his divorce
took place in the Dominican Republic less than a week before his
reported marriage to López, making it potentially an invalid
marriage in the United States. The couple has since confirmed their
marriage, although López refuses to discuss it.
López has become a stepfather to the two sons, Cristian
and Ryan, that Anthony had with Torres, and also to his daughter,
Arianna, from a previous relationship. As of now, Mark Anthony and
Torres are still together.
Her famous buttocks
López's buttocks, which are commonly described as attractively
curvacious, have frequently been the subject of comment and parody,
and which has coined the phrase J-Lo Butt or J-Lo Booty when describing
a woman with similar features.
The entertainer won the title of Best Female Body in the UK magazine
Celebrity Bodies poll in 2001 as well as the top spot in FHM magazine's
2000 and 2001 polls of Sexiest Women, with all of the polls citing
her superb 195 cm (76.8 in) circumference buttocks as the reason.
Jennifer López' derriere has been estimated to be between
190 and 215 cm (74.8 to 84.6 in) in circumference by People magazine
and The National Enquirer, but that is obviously false as her buttocks
is really well under 50 in. (By comparison, Arnold Schwarzenegger's
largest chest size was 147.3 cm or 58 inches.)
In a skit at the MTV Video Music Awards, Triumph, the Insult Comic
Dog begged Lopez to let him sniff her rear end, claiming that it
was the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest for a dog. The 2006
spoof Date Movie makes fun of a wedding planner (a clear parody
of the J. Lo's 2001 movie, The Wedding Planner) endowed with a enormous
and dangerous behind, poking fun at López's most famous asset.
Still another example has been shown on Entertainment Tonight, involving
a playful cameraman. During the filming of Luis Llosa's Anaconda,
between scenes, López was filmed from behind, going from
one part of the set to another. Upon discovering this, she whined:
"Don't get the back view!"
Jennifer Lopez became the first Latina actress to get paid $1 million
or more for one film (for her role in Selena).
Lopez is the first actress and singer to have a movie (The Wedding
Planner) and an album (J. Lo) at #1 in the same week.
Lopez's perfume "Glow" made history in 2001, by being
the #1 perfume in more than nine countries in less than four months.
Lopez is the only woman who has been #1 two years in a row in FHM
magazine's list of the 100 Sexiest Females in the World.
Lopez made the 2004 Fortune list of the wealthiest entertainers
under the age of 40. Her wealth is estimated at $255 million.
Lopez made the highest debut of 2003 on the US charts with "All
I Have" debuting at #1.
Lopez has sold over 25 million records worldwide.
Lopez has 4 #1 hits in the U.S. and a combined 20 weeks at #1
Lopez is one of the top 10 highest paid actresses in Hollywood.
She has one of the most memorable fashion moments when she wore
a Versace green dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
2005: An Unfinished Life
2004: Shall We Dance
2004: Jersey Girl
2002: Maid in Manhattan
2001: Angel Eyes
2001: The Wedding Planner
2000: The Cell
1998: Out of Sight
1997: U Turn
1997: Blood and Wine
1995: Money Train
1995: My Family/Mi Familia
1987: My Little Girl
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