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Also Known As: Jennifer Lynn Lopez Died:
Born: July 24, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: singer, actor, dancer, clerical worker in a bank

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An ambitious triple threat who went from dancer to top shelf actress to best-selling recording artist, Jennifer Lopez was able to maintain a high level of publicity throughout a majority of her career, even when negative press managed to enter her orbit. After getting her start as a "Fly Girl" on the hit variety series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94), Lopez broke through with a strong leading performance in the biopic "Selena" (1997), playing the famed Tejano singer who was tragically murdered by an obsessed fan. But it was her onscreen chemistry and believable portrayal of a federal agent falling for an escaped convict in "Out of Sight" (1998) that propelled her into the limelight - to say nothing of the infamous Versace green dress with plunging neckline that took the world by storm. Lopez immediately became the prime topic of the tabloids, which took pleasure in detailing her relationships with Sean Combs, Ben Affleck, Chris Judd and Marc Anthony. Meanwhile, Lopez launched a second career as a top recording artist and repackaged herself as J.Lo, which helped buttress the box office failures of below par features like "Angel Eyes" (2001), "Enough" (2002) and "Gigli" (2003). By the time she...

An ambitious triple threat who went from dancer to top shelf actress to best-selling recording artist, Jennifer Lopez was able to maintain a high level of publicity throughout a majority of her career, even when negative press managed to enter her orbit. After getting her start as a "Fly Girl" on the hit variety series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94), Lopez broke through with a strong leading performance in the biopic "Selena" (1997), playing the famed Tejano singer who was tragically murdered by an obsessed fan. But it was her onscreen chemistry and believable portrayal of a federal agent falling for an escaped convict in "Out of Sight" (1998) that propelled her into the limelight - to say nothing of the infamous Versace green dress with plunging neckline that took the world by storm. Lopez immediately became the prime topic of the tabloids, which took pleasure in detailing her relationships with Sean Combs, Ben Affleck, Chris Judd and Marc Anthony. Meanwhile, Lopez launched a second career as a top recording artist and repackaged herself as J.Lo, which helped buttress the box office failures of below par features like "Angel Eyes" (2001), "Enough" (2002) and "Gigli" (2003). By the time she introduced her perfume and clothing lines, Lopez had established herself as a multifaceted force to be reckoned with, while becoming one of the richest and most influential Hispanic entertainers of all time.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Happy Smekday! (2015)
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 Lila and Eve (2015)
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 Parker (2013)
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 Sellebrity (2012)
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 Governess, The (2009)
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 Bordertown (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career as a dancer in stage musicals
1986:
First feature, small role in "My Little Girl"
1988:
First big break in traveling theater review "Golden Musicals of Broadway"
1988:
Danced in the chorus of "Synchronicity" a musical performed in Japan
1991:
Won a dance competition and was hired as a 'fly girl' on the Fox variety series "In Living Color"
1993:
First TV-movie, "Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7" (CBS)
1993:
Originated role of Melinda Lopez on the short-lived CBS series "Second Chances"
1994:
Co-starred on the acclaimed but short-lived Fox sitcom "South Central"
1994:
Reprised the role of Melinda Lopez on the equally short-lived "Hotel Malibu" (CBS)
1995:
First supporting role in features, played young Maria the family matriarch in Gregory Nava's "My Family/Mi Familia"
1995:
First leading role in a film, as transit cop Grace Santiago in "Money Train"
1996:
Played the fifth grade teacher of a rapidly aging ten-year-old (Robin Williams) who looks 40 in Francis Ford Coppola's "Jack"
1996:
Played the title role of slain Tejano singer in "Selena"; reportedly received a $1 million salary making her the highest-paid Latina actress
1997:
Played a woman simultaneously involved with a wine merchant (Jack Nicholson) and his stepson (Stephen Dorff) in the thriller "Blood & Wine"
1997:
Co-starred in Oliver Stone's "U-Turn" as a beautiful young woman whose husband (Nick Nolte) pays a two-bit criminal (Sean Penn) to kill her
1998:
Co-starred as a female U.S. Marshall taken hostage by an escaped convict (George Clooney) in "Out of Sight"
1998:
Lent her voice to the animated feature "Antz"
1999:
Released her debut album <i>On the 6</i>, featuring the hit dance single "Waiting for Tonight"
2000:
Played a devoted child psychologist capable of navigating the human subconscious in the bizarre sci-fi murder flick "The Cell"
2001:
Starred in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner"; film hit No. 1 on the box-office charts
2001:
Released sophomore album <i>J.Lo</i>
2001:
Launched her clothing line J-Lo by Jennifer Lopez
2001:
Starred as a policewoman who finds love with recently widowed James Caviezel in the romantic drama "Angel Eyes"
2001:
Headlined an NBC special marking her first ever concert performance "Jennifer Lopez in Concert"
2002:
Released signature fragrance Glow via perfume-maker Lancaster
2002:
Opened a Cuban eatry in Pasadena, CA called Madre's
2002:
Starred as an abused wife who sees murder as her only out in the thriller "Enough"
2002:
Plays a hotel worker in the Cinderella-like "Maid in Manhattan"
2003:
Cast opposite Ben Affleck in the box office flop "Gigli"
2003:
Contracted to appear in magazine and billboard ads for Louis Vuitton luggage
2004:
Featured oppositie Affleck in writer-director Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl"
2004:
Guest starred as herself on the two part season finale of NBC's "Will & Grace"
2004:
Starred as a dance instructor opposite Richard Gere in "Shall We Dance?"
2005:
Co-starred with Jane Fonda and Michael Vartan in "Monster-in-Law"
2005:
Cast opposite Robert Redford as an abused woman who moves in with her father-in-law in Lasse Hallstr├Âm's "An Unfinished Life"
2006:
Executive produced the MTV reality series "Moves," revolving around the lives of dancers working to make it in the business
2007:
Cast in "El Cantante" alongside her husband Marc Anthony as Hector Lavoe, the man behind the salsa movement of 1975
2007:
Cast opposite Antonio Banderas in "Bordertown," playing a reporter investigating a series of murders on the border of Juarez and El Paso, TX
2010:
Guest starred on an episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" playing Anita Appleby, a no-nonsense author of self-help books that teach women how to mold men into "relationship machines"
2010:
Returned to features with the romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan"
2010:
Joined the judges┬┐ panel for the 10th season of "American Idol" (Fox); a deal reported worth $12 million; contract was renewed for season 11; announced exit from "American Idol" as a judge after two seasons
2011:
Reignited music career with hit dance single "On the Floor" from the album <i>Love?</i>
2012:
Cast as one of the leads in ensemble romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
2012:
Voiced the character Shira, a saber-toothed cat in "Ice Age: Continental Drift"
2013:
Co-starred with Jason Statham in crime thriller "Parker"
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Education

Bronx Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club: Bronx , New York -
Holy Family School: Bronx , New York -
Preston High School: Bronx , New York - 1986
Baruch College: New York , New York - 1987

Notes

In December 1999, Lopez and her companion Sean 'Puffy' Combs (aka Puff Daddy) were arrested in connection with a shooting at a NYC nightclub after the vehicle in which they were passengers was spotted leaving the scene. Lopez was questioned for several hours but no charges were filed against her.

"You know what the great thing about Selena was? As a Latin woman in The United States, you're taught that you should be skinnier, that you shouldn't have such a big butt. You feel self-conscious. I did. I was really thin, but I had a booty on me that you would not believe, like two potatoes on sticks. But Selena went out there and wore tight things and showed her butt and all of sudden, young girls were like, 'You know what? I'm beautiful.' She embraced the fact that she was Latin and showed the world that there is beauty in diversity." --Jennifer Lopez in Movieline, October 1996.

"I always wanted to do a musical. I auditioned for 'Evita'. After all, Evita Peron was an Argentine, a Latina like me. So if Madonna does a good job, I'll be the first to say 'Fucking Madonna rocks.' But if she doesn't, I'll be the first one to say, 'She sucks.'" --Jennifer Lopez in GQ, September 1996.

Lopez on her goals: "I want to be the Latin in American cinema. We need somebody to be a star for the times. If it's me, that's fine; but if it's not, I just hope it's somebody real soon. Doing Latino roles is important, but so is being considered for roles that are non-Latino. Because then you're just being seen as an actress who has the ability to bring people into the theater, which is what's important in Hollywood. When you talk about being a major player, that's what it means: people whose names bring people to the movies -- like Pfeiffer, Schwarzenegger. I'm going to find a way to do that, too." --to Us, April 1997.

"I love my body. I really, really dig my curves. It's all me and men love it. Some guys like skinny girls, but they're missing out. When a dress is on a woman, it shouldn't look like it's on a coat hanger. So many girls here are so thin -- in fact nobody else in Hollywood has my type of body. My husband calls it 'La Guitarra', like the shape of a guitar, which I love because that was my ideal woman growing up. So call me the 'Guitar Girl'" --Lopez quoted in Movieline, February 1998.

"I sat through 'West Side Story' about 37 times because it was the only movie about my people. I never wanted to be that wimpy Maria who sits around pining for her guy. I wanted to be Anita, who danced her way to the top." --Lopez quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, June 22, 1998.

Jennifer Lopez, alluding to allegations that her record deal was linked to a rumored relationship with Sony chief Tommy Mattola: "You work so hard to prove what you can do; you get your movies, your record deals, and then people act as if it's so easy as to sleep with someone to get it. I don't like the innuendo of it." --to Premiere, August 1998.

"I want everything. I want family. I want to do good work. I want love. I want to be comfortable. I think of people like Cher and Bette Midler and Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand. That's always been the kind of career I'd hoped to have. I want it all." --Lopez quoted in Entertainment Weekly, October 9, 1998.

"Out of Sight" director Steven Soderbergh on Lopez's appeal: "It's not just that she's beautiful--she's charismatic. It's an energy, an activity behind the eyes that's so compelling. When you look at her onscreen, you're interested. She just has that star thing." --to Premiere, February 1999.

On rediscovering her passion for music while starring in "Selena": "When I did the movie, I realized how much music was a part of me, something that I just couldn't suppress any longer. I missed the singing, the dancing and the interaction with the public. You just don't get that when you are working in film and TV." --Jennifer Lopez quoted in New York Post, June 1, 1999.

Lopez on her ambition: "Where I come from, you got a job as a bank teller and got married, and being driven didn't mean wanting to be a star, it meant wanting to be a lawyer instead of a secretary." --to Talk, March 2000.

"One false move, and she's Charo." --an unnamed Los Angeles producer on Lopez's juggling of singing and acting careers, quoted in Talk, March 2000.

Director Gregory Nava on Lopez: "The first time we see Jennifer in 'Mi Familia' it's through the eyes of the gardener she will marry. Then it cuts to her first close-up on film. And for it, I used a silent-film technique: I put an iris around her--you know, where there's a circle around her face and everything else is blacked out? In that one shot, everyone knew she was a movie star." --quoted in Premiere, August 2000.

"A lot of times, when people, especially women, attain a certain status--when they raise their hand and say, 'I want it,' with no guilt--they get that title, diva, put on them. I only deal with people how they deal with me, and never did I see Jennifer take advantage of her position, or belittle or bully anyone. I think she's handling everything with a lot of grace." --actor Vince Vaughn, Lopez's co-star in "The Cell", quoted in Premiere, August 2000.

Lopez on the set of "Angel Eyes", describing a moment of appreciative reflection: "Every day, I feel how lucky I am. There is not a day that goes by that I don't realize it. Like just now, on the set, the way the clouds were trying to break, and we were standing on the street outside, and the air smelled like sweet rain, and Margo was touching up my makeup, and Jim Caviezel was across the street, this amazing actor, and I'm happy. I love my life. It brings tears to my eyes to even think about it. That's probably why I don't think about it all the time. I wouldn't be able to concentrate on what I have to do. But every day I'll have a moment like that." --Premiere, August 2000.

Sean 'Puffy' Combs' lawyer Ed Hayes on Jennifer Lopez and the 1999 club shooting incident: "When I was talking to her, she had tremendous focus and charisma, and if she appeared to be a mess, it was only as a way to manipulate the cops. Of course she cried, but that does not mean she didn't have total control of the situation. I remember that we were surrounded by detectives and officers with their tongues hanging out, and before she turned to walk away, she gave them a little wiggle with her hips that made them smile. The woman is a giant." --to The Daily Telegraph, September 2, 2000.

"Jennifer still comes to the Bronx and sleeps on her mother's couch. She can live a superstar life, but when we're in the studio, she orders Chinese from, like, the place next door. One day when we were doing this album, she left the studio and hopped in a taxi because she didn't want to wait for a car. I was so scared for her I sent my engineer to take the cab ride with her. She's got a little bit of thug in her; I always tell her that." --producer Cory Rooney on Lopez, quoted in Rolling Stone, February 15, 2001.

"Jennifer is the one with the drive to put it all together. She's in a tough world, but you've got to realize who the person is. She was always very competitive. She's had that drive since she was a baby. I recall asking her why she was going out for track. I thought she'd get outclassed, because she'd never done anything like that. If she starts something, all that happens is she gets better. She got to the point where she was competing with the big girls--she got called to Madison Square Garden for the Colgate Games." --Lopez's father David on his daughter's determination, quoted in Rolling Stone, February 15, 2001.

"'Living Color was nice because it was my first steady paycheck, but I was miserable living in L.A. I'm a total New York-Bronx girl, with the accent and the whole nine. I was hating it. It's a really lonely city when you're an East Coast person. But now I love L.A." --Jennifer Lopez on the early days of her career, to Rolling Stone, February 15, 2001.

Her official website is http://www.jenniferlopez.com

"You go through what you're meant to go through," she says. "It's not all going to be rosy beautiful apple orchards along the way. We make choices for reasons we think are good. And you have great intentions at the beginning and they don't turn out right and it hurts and it's wrong and you stumble and you fall."---Lopez quoted to Ladies' Home Journal, January 2003.

"Maybe I was a little bit careless in the past," she says. "I'm not a perfect person. I make mistakes. I just feel like I'm in a better place about who I am. I follow my heart. That's the one thing I can say about myself. And I love that about myself."---Lopez quoted to InStyle magazine, August 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
David Cruz. Production assistant. Together from c. 1986 to c. 1996; began relationship when Lopez was 15.
husband:
Ojani Noa. Model. Married February 22, 1997 in Miami; separated in late 1997; divorced c. March 1998.
companion:
Sean Combs. Musician, executive, fashion designer. Reportedly dated in early 1998 though both denied it; resumed relationship publicly in 1999; reportedly separated in late 2000; officially announced break-up on February 14, 2001.
husband:
Cris Judd. Dancer. Born in 1969; dating from late 2000; went public with relationship at the Academy Awards; became engaged in June 2001; married on September 29, 2001 in Calabasas, California; seperated June 2002; filed for divorce on July 25, 2002; divorce finalized in January 2003.
companion:
Ben Affleck. Actor. Reportedly seen kissing during her surprise birthday party July 2002; dating as of August 2002; rumored to be engaged; engagement confirmed in November 2002; wedding date rumored to be September 14, 2003; wedding postponed until a later date, reason was "excessive media attention"; Rumored to have ended relationship with Lopez in September 2003; reportedly reconciled in September 2003; reps for the couple confirmed that the engagement ended January 2004.
husband:
Marc Anthony. Singer. Dated briefly in 1999; began dating again in early 2004, soon after the her breakup with Ben Affleck; rumored to be engaged May 2004; married at her home in Los Angeles on June 5, 2004 in a private ceremony.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
David Lopez. Runs computer operations for an insurance company; born in Puerto Rico; separated from Lopez's mother.
mother:
Guadalupe Lopez. Teacher. Separated from Lopez's father.
sister:
Leslie Lopez. Music teacher. Born c. 1968.
sister:
Lynda Lopez. Radio personality, TV entertainment reporter. Born on June 14, 1972.
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