Jennifer Lynn Lopez
(born July 24, 1969),
popularly nicknamed J.Lo
, is an American Golden Globe-nominated actress,
Grammy Award-nominated singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and
television producer. She is the richest person of Latin American descent in
Hollywood according to Forbes
, and the most influential Hispanic
entertainer in America according to People en Español'
list of "100 Most Influential Hispanics".
Starting in 1999, Lopez released seven albums, including two #1 albums on the
Billboard 200 charts and four Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles. She won the 2003
American Music Award for Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist and the 2007 American
Music Award for Favourite Latin Artist. She has appeared in numerous films, and
has won ALMA Awards for outstanding actress for her work in Selena,
Out of Sight, and Angel Eyes. She parlayed her media fame into a
fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement.
Jennifer Lopez : If you had my love
Media attention has also focused on her personal life. She has had
high-profile relationships with Ojani Noa, Cris Judd, Sean Combs, Ben Affleck,
and Marc Anthony. Her first children, fraternal twins named Max and Emme, were
born on February 22, 2008.
Jennifer Lopez was born and grew up in the South Bronx, New York to Puerto
Rican parents Guadalupe Rodríguez, a kindergarten teacher, and David Lopez, a
computer specialist. She has two
siblings, Lynda and Leslie. Lopez spent her entire academic career in Catholic
schools, finishing at the all-girls Preston High School, in the Bronx. She
financed singing and dancing lessons for herself from the age of 19. After
attending Baruch College for one semester, Lopez divided her time between
working in a legal office, dance classes, and dance performances in Manhattan
night clubs. After months of auditioning for dance roles, Lopez was selected as
a dancer for various rap music videos, a 1990 episode of Yo! MTV Raps,
and as a backup dancer for the New Kids on the Block and their performance of
their song "Games" for the American Music Awards in 1991. After being rejected
twice, Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a "Fly Girl" dancer on
the television comedy program In Living Color in 1990. Soon after, Lopez
became a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and made an appearance in her 1993
video "That's the Way Love Goes".
Film and television
Lopez appeared on the short-lived television programs South Central,
Second Chances, and Hotel Malibu, and the made-for-television film Nurses on
the Line: The Crash of Flight 7. Lopez broke into the big screen in the 1995
drama My Family and then appeared opposite Wesley Snipes in the action
film Money Train. Lopez has played roles in Francis Ford Coppola's 1996
comedy Jack starring Robin Williams, and the 1997 thriller Blood and
Wine with Jack Nicholson. Lopez played the lead role in the 1997 film
Selena for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for "Best
Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy" in 1998. She became the first
Hispanic actress to get paid $1 million or more for a film role.
Some of her other critically-acclaimed films include Out of Sight, The
Cell, An Unfinished Life, and Shall We Dance?. Two independent
films produced by Lopez were well-received at film festivals: El Cantante
at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Bordertown at the
Brussels film festival. Other modestly successful films include The Wedding
Planner, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, and Enough.
Gigli, however, would be a critical and commercial disappointment. In
August 2007, Lopez collaborated on the feature film, El Cantante, with
her husband singer-actor Marc Anthony. The film is in English, with a creative
use of subtitles for songs with Spanish lyrics.
Lopez made an appearance as a mentor on American Idol on April 10,
In May 2006, Lopez was the executive producer of the eight-episode reality
show, DanceLife, which ran on MTV beginning January 15, 2007. Lopez
helped select the show's participants and made cameo appearances. She then
served as executive producer of a miniseries broadcast on Univisión. Titled
after her CD Como Ama Una Mujer, it ran in five episodes from October 30
to November 27, 2007, and starred Christian Borrero and Adriana Cruz.
Lopez signed a contract as star and executive producer of an unscripted
reality series for TLC, a division of Discovery Communications Inc. The series
will show the launching of her new fragrance,
and will not focus on her family.
Box office standing and record sales
Lopez is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and the highest-paid
Latin actress in Hollywood history, though she's never had a film grossing over
$100 million in the U.S. Lopez appeared in the 2007 Guinness World Records
as the most powerful actress. She was on the The Hollywood Reporter's
list of the top ten actress salaries in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
She received $15,000,000 for her role in Monster-in-Law. Her top-grossing
film domestically is Maid in Manhattan which grossed $94,011,225, and her
most successful international film, Shall We Dance?, grossed $112,238,000
at the international box office. Domestically, Shall We Dance? grossed
$57,890,460 and a total of $170,128,460 worldwide.
Lopez has sold over 48 million albums worldwide.
Lopez made the 2007 Forbes magazine's list of The 20 Richest Women In
Entertainment, ranking ninth. Her wealth is estimated to be $110 million.
On the 6 (1999)
Lopez's debut album On the 6, a reference to the 6 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 Billboard
Hot 100 number-one lead single, "If You Had My Love",, as well as the top ten
hit "Waiting for Tonight". The album also featured a Spanish language, Latin-flavored
duet "No Me Ames" with Marc Anthony (who later would become her husband.) Though
"No Me Ames" never had a commercial release, it reached number one on the U.S.
Hot Latin Tracks. On the 6 featured guest artists such as Big Pun and Fat
Joe on the track "Feelin' So Good", which had moderate success on the
Billboard Hot 100. "Let's Get Loud", the final single, earned Lopez a Grammy
Award nomination in the "Best Dance Recording" category in 2001 Grammy Awards.
"Waiting for Tonight" was nominated for the same category the previous year.
"No Me Ames" received two nominations at the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards — "Best
Pop Duo/Group with Vocal Performance" and "Best Music Video".
J. Lo (2001)
Lopez's second album, J. Lo, was released on January 23, 2001 and
debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. When her film The Wedding
Planner achieved number one shortly after, Lopez become the first
actress-singer to have a film and an album at number one in the same week.
The lead single, "Love Don't Cost a Thing", was her first number-one single in
the United Kingdom and took her into the top five on the U.S. Billboard
Hot 100. She followed it up with "Play" which gave her another top twenty hit on
the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number three in the UK. Her next two
singles were "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny" which were quickly rising up the
charts. To capitalize on this, Lopez asked The Inc. Records (then known as
Murder Inc.) to remix both songs, which featured rap artists Ja Rule (on both)
and Caddillac Tah (on the "Ain't It Funny" remix). Both remixes reached number
one on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks. She re-released J. Lo
on her thirty-second birthday with the remix of "I'm Real" as a bonus track.
Also, "Si Ya Se Acabó" was released in Spain, due to the success "Que Ironia".
J to tha L-O!: The Remixes (2002)
Following the success of the re-release of J. Lo, Lopez decided to
devote an entire album to the remixing effort, releasing J to tha L-O!: The
Remixes, on February 5, 2002. This album debuted at number one on the
Billboard 200, becoming the first remix album in history to debut at the top
on the chart.
Featured artists on J to tha L-O!: The Remixes included P. Diddy, Fat
Joe, and Nas, and the album included rare dance and hip hop remixes of past
singles. It is the third all-time biggest-selling remix album in the world,
after Michael Jackson's Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix
(1997) and Madonna's You Can Dance (1987).
This Is Me... Then (2002)
On November 26, 2002, Lopez released her third studio album, This Is Me...
Then, which reached number two on the Billboard 200 and spawned four
singles: "Jenny from the Block" (featuring Jadakiss and Styles P), which reached
number three on the Billboard Hot 100; "All I Have" (featuring LL Cool
J), which spent multiple weeks at number one; "I'm Glad"; and "Baby I Love U!".
The album included a cover of Carly Simon's 1978 "You Belong to Me".
The video for "I'm Glad" recreated scenes from the 1983 film Flashdance,
leading to a lawsuit over copyright infringement, which was later dismissed.
After a year away from the music scene, Lopez released her fourth studio
album, Rebirth, on March 1, 2005. Although debuting and peaking at number
two on the Billboard 200, the album quickly fell off the charts. It
spawned the hit "Get Right", which reached the top fifteen in the U.S. and
became her second Platinum hit (after "If You Had My Love"). "Get Right" was
also successful in the UK, becoming her second number-one single there. The
second single, "Hold You Down", which featured Fat Joe, reached number
sixty-four on the U.S. Hot 100; it peaked at number six in the UK and ascended
to the top twenty in Australia. Another song, "Cherry Pie", was slated for a
release in late 2005, but the plans to make a video were cancelled as the album
sales were definitely too weak and the promotion budget exceeded. It was
released to radio stations in Spain. Rebirth was certified Platinum in
the U.S. by the RIAA. Lopez was then featured on LL Cool J's single "Control
Myself", which was released on February 1, 2006. It reached number four on the
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was
Lopez's first U.S. top ten hit in three years.
Como Ama Una Mujer (2007)
Lopez officially released her first full Spanish-language album, called
Como Ama una Mujer, on March 27, 2007 in the U.S. and March 23, 2007 in
Europe. Her husband, singer Marc Anthony, produced the album with Estefano,
except for "Qué Hiciste", which Anthony co-produced with Julio Reyes. The album
peaked at number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200, number one on the U.S.
Top Latin Albums (for four straight weeks), number one on the U.S. Latin Pop
Albums (for seven straight weeks), and number one hundred and thirty-one in the
UK. The album did well in Europe peaking at number three on the albums chart,
mainly due to the big success in countries like Switzerland, Italy, Spain,
France, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Austria, and Portugal. The lead single, "Qué
Hiciste" (Spanish for "What Did You Do"), was officially released to radio
stations in January 2007. Since then, it has peaked at eighty-six on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Latin Songs and the Hot Dance
Club Play. It also went top ten on the European chart. The video for the song
was the first Spanish-language video to peak at number one on MTV's Total
Request Live daily countdown. The second single released is called "Me Haces
Falta" and the third is "Por Arriesgarnos". Lopez won an American Music Award as
the Favorite Latin Artist in 2007. Como Ama una Mujer holds the record
for the best opening week internet sales for a Spanish album. With Como Ama Una
Mujer, Jennifer Lopez is one of the few performers to debut in the top 10 of the
Billboard 200 with a Spanish album.
Just over six months later, on October 9, 2007, Lopez released her fifth
English studio album (sixth studio album overall). She collaborated with
producers Midi Mafia, J. R. Rotem, Lynn and Wade and Ryan Tedder, with Rotem
working on some tracks with writing partner Evan "Kidd" Bogart.
Earlier, on August 26, 2007, ABC premiered a promo for the fourth season of
Desperate Housewives, featuring a snippet of the song "Mile In These Shoes".
"Do It Well" was released as the lead single and reached the top 20 in many
countries. "Hold It, Don't Drop It" was released as the second single in only in
some countries from Europe.
Lopez will release a greatest hits album in February 2009.
- 2001: Let's Get Loud "Live In Puerto Rico" Concert
- 2008: Live In Athens
- 2007: Juntos en Concierto
Billboard Magazine reported, on July 24, 2007, that Jennifer Lopez and Marc
Anthony would "co-headline" a worldwide tour called "Juntos en Concierto"
starting in New Jersey on September 29.
Tickets went on sale August 10. The tour was a mix of her current music, older
tunes and Spanish music. In a later press release, Lopez announced a detailed
itinerary. The tour launched September 28, 2007 at the Mark G. Etess Arena and
ended on November 7, 2007 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
Lopez launched a clothing line in 2003. Named JLO by Jennifer Lopez, the line
included different types of clothing for young women, including jeans, T-shirts,
coats, belts, purses, and lingerie, a jewelry line,
and an accessory line that includes hats, gloves, and scarves.
Lopez participated in the Louis Vuitton Winter 2003 campaign. In 2005, she
launched a new clothing line called Sweetface. In late 2007, Lopez retired JLO
by Jennifer Lopez and launched a new juniors' line called JustSweet.
Her fashion lines have featured at many New York Fashion Week events.
Lopez's frequent use of animal 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.
On April 12, 2002, Lopez opened a Cuban restaurant in the South Lake district
of Pasadena, California named Madre's. A media sensation was creating when
during a press shoot for the fancy restaurant, a mysterious man appeared out of
the sidelines and gave Lopez a floral arrangement from Ben Affleck, even as
then-husband Cris Judd stood next to her. Lopez was widely criticized for what
appeared to be infidelity on her part.
Lopez has ventured in the perfume industry, with her debut "Glow by J.Lo". In
October 2003, Lopez introduced a perfume called "Still", having revisit "Glow"
the previous year by creating a limited edition spin-off, "Miami Glow by J.Lo",
in homage to her adopted hometown of Miami. Lopez also marketed a "Glow" line of
body lotions and bronzing products. For the Christmas season of 2005, she
launched another fragrance, "Live by Jennifer Lopez". For 2006 Valentine's Day,
"Miami Glow" was replaced by yet another "Glow" spin-off, "Love at First Glow by
J.Lo". Her following fragrance, "Live Luxe", was released in August 2006, with
"Glow After Dark" following in January 2007.
Lopez owns the film and television production company Nuyorican Productions,
which she co-founded with her manager, Benny Medina.
Dancer and ex-husband Cris Judd once had a stake in the
company when he and Lopez were still married. Lopez is a spokesperson for Lux shampoo in Japan,
appearing in the product's television commercials.
Lopez has been recognized by People en Español magazine as both the
cover subject for the "50 Most Beautiful" issue in 2006 and the "100 Most
Influential Hispanics" issue in February 2007.
Lopez's first marriage was to Cuban-born Ojani Noa
on February 22, 1997. Lopez met Noa while he worked as a waiter at a Miami
restaurant. They divorced in January 1998. Lopez later employed Noa as the
manager of her Pasadena restaurant Madre's in April 2002, but he was fired in
October 2002. After Noa sued Lopez over the termination, they drew up a
confidentiality agreement. In
April 2006, Lopez sued to prevent her ex-husband, Noa, from publishing a book
containing personal details about their short marriage, contending it violated
their confidentiality agreement.
In August 2007, a court-appointed arbitrator issued a permanent injunction
forbidding Ojani Noa from "criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative light
or otherwise disparaging" Jennifer Lopez. She was awarded $545,000 in
compensatory damages, which included nearly $300,000 in legal fees and almost
$48,000 in arbitration costs. Noa was also ordered to hand over all copies of
materials related to the book to Lopez or her attorney.
Lopez next had a two-and-a-half-year relationship with hip-hop mogul Sean
Combs. On December 27, 1999, Lopez and Combs were at Club New York, a midtown
Manhattan nightclub, when gunfire erupted between Combs' entourage and another
group. Lopez and Combs were being driven away from the scene when they were
chased and stopped by the police.
A stolen gun was found in the front seat of their vehicle.
Lopez was charged with felony gun possession, but the charges were dropped,
as she was riding in the back seat at the time.
Stress over the trial and pursuit by the press multiplied their problems, and
Lopez terminated her involvement with Combs one year later. Lopez was served
with a subpoena in June 2008 to testify about the incident in a deposition
August 6, 2008 but the deposition did not occur because Lopez had “nothing to
contribute to the case”.
Her second marriage was to her former backup dancer, Cris Judd. 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. Their
marriage effectively ended in June 2002, when Lopez began publicly dating Ben
Affleck. They were officially
divorced in January, 2003.
Lopez's relationship with actor Ben Affleck was highly publicized, with the
media dubbing the couple "Bennifer". Lopez announced her engagement to Affleck
in November 2002, after Affleck gave her a six-carat pink diamond ring worth a
reported $1.2 million. Lopez
promised interviewers that Affleck was indeed "the one", and that they would
soon have a family. The marriage, planned for September 14, 2003 in Santa
Barbara, California, was called off just hours before the event. During the week
before the scheduled nuptials, Affleck had been seen by press carousing at a
strip club in Vancouver with friends. The media blitz intensified when it was
Lopez's own sister who called in live radio to tell Lopez where her fiance had
been the previous night. Lopez would only respond by saying it was a terrible
way to begin the day, finding out about Affleck's behaviour in that manner.
Publicists announced a permanent split on January 20, 2004. Affleck has refused
to speak of his relationship with Lopez, only citing intense media attention as
the cause of the break-up. Their relationship was parodied on the South Park
episode "Fat Butt and Pancake Head", which aired on April 16, 2003. There was a
mild media furor as to whether Lopez would give Affleck back his ring after the
break-up. Lopez did return it and it was discreetly placed for sale at the
original jewellers. Affleck has since married actress Jennifer Garner on July 1,
2005 and they have a daughter, Violet, born on December 1, 2005. In 2003
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck acted together in the film "Gigli" and in the
2004 film "Jersey Girl".
Shortly after her break-up with Affleck, Lopez was seen with singer Marc
Anthony, a longtime friend with whom she had worked in music videos. They had
briefly dated in the late 1990s, before his first marriage and her second. Lopez
and Anthony were recording a duet together in early 2004, for Lopez's
then-upcoming film Shall We Dance?. In October 2003, Anthony became
separated, for the second time, from his first wife, former Miss Universe
Dayanara Torres, with whom he has two children. Torres filed for divorce three
months later. Lopez and Anthony married in a quiet home wedding on June 5, 2004,
four days after his divorce from Torres was final. Their ceremony was private
and unpublicized. In attendance were an estimated forty close relatives and
friends. On the morning of the wedding, however, the media was tipped off and
circled her backyard in helicopters. Photographs, alerting the rest of the
world, soon followed. Reports fueled rumors that Lopez was pregnant but this was
not the case.
Lopez's guests had been invited to an "afternoon party" at Lopez's house and
had not been made aware that they were actually going to her wedding. The couple
had planned not to publicize their marriage early on, allowing more privacy and
time together in an otherwise intrusive environment. Days after the wedding,
Anthony refused to comment on their marriage during interviews which were
scheduled earlier to promote a new album "Amar Sin Mentiras" (To Love Without
Lies). In February 2005, Lopez
confirmed the marriage, and added that "everyone knows. It's not a secret".
A few months later, Anthony's daughter, Ariana, appeared at the end of Lopez's
music video "Get Right" as her little sister. Regarding his marriage and family
life, Anthony maintains a private and sometimes defensive stance with the media,
which has influenced Lopez to set some boundaries with interviewers. On December
29, 2008, Daily News reported that Lopez and Anthony plan to announce
their divorce on Valentine's Day.
This allegation was put to rest by her her publicist stating that ""There is no
merit to the article". 
It was reported that Lopez and Anthony were taking professional business
meetings at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, California,
in late 2006. It was also rumoured that Lopez and Anthony became Scientologists
during that period with the help of Angelo Pagan, the husband of "King of
Queens" actress and Scientologist Leah Remini.
Just prior to those reports, Lopez said to NBC, "I'm not a Scientologist, I was
raised Catholic. But it's funny the way people come at it. To me it's so
strange. These are some of the best people I've ever met in my life." She added,
"My dad has been a Scientologist for 20 years. He's the best man that I know in
my life and so, it's weird to me that people want to paint it in a negative
Pregnancy and birth of twins
On the last night of their "En Concierto" tour November 7, 2007, before a
crowd of fans, Lopez confirmed she was expecting her first child with husband
Marc Anthony. The announcement ended months of speculation over the pregnancy.
Her father later confirmed on February 5, 2008, she was expecting twins.
Lopez gave birth on February 22, 2008 to fraternal twins, a girl and a boy, Emme
Marbiel Muñiz, and Maximilian "Max" David Muñiz. The twins were introduced in
the March 11, 2008 issue of People magazine for which the magazine paid
Human rights advocacy
In May 2001, Lopez attended a White House benefit for UNICEF, where she
assisted magician David Copperfield with an illusion which gave the appearance
that she had been sawed into six pieces.
On February 14, 2007, Lopez received the Artists for Amnesty International
award "in recognition of her work as producer and star of Bordertown, a
film exposing the ongoing murders of hundreds of women in the border city of
Juárez, Mexico". Nobel Peace Prize winner José Ramos-Horta presented the award
to Lopez at the Berlin International Film Festival. She also received special
recognition and thanks from Norma Andrade, co-founder of Nuestras Hijas de
Regreso a Casa A.C. ("May Our Daughters Return Home, Civil Association"), an
organization consisting of mothers and families of the murdered women of Juárez.
- Studio albums
- 1999: On the 6
- 2001: J. Lo
- 2002: This Is Me... Then
- 2005: Rebirth
- 2007: Como Ama una Mujer (Spanish)
- 2007: Brave
- Compilation and remix albums
- 2002: J to tha L-O!: The Remixes (Remix album)
- 2000: Feelin' So Good
- 2003: Let's Get Loud
- 2003: The Reel Me
- 2007: Como Ama Una Mujer
||"If You Had My Love"
||"Love Don't Cost a Thing"
|"I'm Real"/"I'm Real" (Murder Remix)"
(featuring Ja Rule)
||"Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)" (featuring
Ja Rule and Caddillac Tah)
|"Jenny from the Block" (featuring Styles P
||"All I Have" (featuring LL Cool J)
||My Little Girl
||Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7
||My Family/Mi Familia
||María Sánchez, in the '30s
||Blood and Wine
||Out of Sight
||The Wedding Planner
|Maid in Manhattan
|Shall We Dance?
||Charlotte "Charlie" Cantilini
|An Unfinished Life
|Feel the Noise
||In Living Color
- Season 4, episode 15
- Season 5, episode 3
||Episodes "Pilot", "Save the Last Dance for Me",
"Coincidence or Conspiracy", and "I Can't Get
||Episodes "Swimming Through Mud"
and "Living in Between"
||"Co-op" (episode 4)
||"The Bed, the Bribe and the Body" (episode 1)
||Will & Grace
- "I Do" (season 6, episode 23)
- "Oh, No, You Di-in't" (season 6, episode 24)
- "FYI: I Hurt, Too" (season 7, episode 1)
- "Top 8 Perform" (season 6, episode 28)
- "Top 8 Results" (season 6, episode 29)
||Como Ama Una Mujer
||Dancing with the Stars