Jennifer Lopez – Significant Facts
Famous as: Actress/singer/dancer
Full Name: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Nicknames: J. Lo, La Lopez, Lola
Birth date: 24 July 1969
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Father: David Lopez
Mother: Guadalupe Lopez
Jennifer Lopez – One of the most beautiful and influential female personalities in the world
Jennifer Lopez is a prominent personality in the entertainment world. She is an American and Latina actress, dancer, recording artist and business woman. Born on July 24, 1969 as Jennifer Lynn Lopez in The Bronx, New York, she is popularly known as J.Lo.
Family and early years Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez was born to David Lopez, a computer technician and Guadalupe, a kindergarten teacher. She grew up on Blackrock Avenue in The Bronx. Jennifer had two sisters Leslie and Lynda. She lived with her family in a small apartment that probably didn’t have much comforts. However, there was music. Her mother encouraged the kids to perform in the front room, singing and dancing. The hot favorites were salsa and meringue and the West Side Story. Jennifer claims to have seen the film more than a 100 times! As a kid, she admired Rita Moreno greatly for her liveliness, hot dancing and cool boyfriend. Still, ambition pushed Lopez to become more like Natalie Wood’s Maria – The Star. She did her schooling in the Catholic Holy Family High School and the all-girl Preston High School. She took singing and dancing lessons right from the age of five. Her school dance class toured New York when she was just seven. At school, she also proved herself as an extraordinary athlete pursing tennis, softball, gymnastics and track events. Well, she wasn’t much of a student though!
Jennifer Lopez started acting at her 16
At an early age of 16, Jennifer Lopez won her first ever film role as Myra in Connie Kaiserman’s My Little Girl. Though this really didn’t help Lopez kick-start her career, it didn’t fail to give her the temptation and excitement to proceed. As soon as she graduated from high school, Lopez entered a period of frantic activity. She enrolled at the Baruch College in Manhattan and confined herself to a job in a law office. At night, she continued to attend dance classes. Quite predictably, she winded up her college career in just one semester to concentrate on her career dream. Guadalupe was infuriated with the irresponsible moves Lopez made at this crucial period of her life. Eventually, Jennifer chose to move out from her house. For a while, she was sleeping in the building and that is when she won a scholarship to study dance.
Success story of Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez began auditioning for dance roles. Finally, she was chosen as a dancer for several music videos and she got her biggest breakthrough when she became a backing dancer in ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, Janet Jackson’s video in the year 1993. Lopez made her first screen role in ‘Nurses,’ the made-for-TV-series on the line ‘The Crash of Flight 7.’ She then made her first film appearance in the drama ‘My Family’ in 1995 and ‘Money Train’ released in the same year. She starred with Robin Williams in the comedy drama ‘Jack’ in 1996. This movie, in fact, propelled Lopez up the A-list ladder. And since then, there was no looking back. She became one of the ace actors in the Hollywood and has been tremendously popular among cinema lovers.
Lopez’ breakthrough lead role in the biographical film Selena earned her the prestigious ALMA Award and a Golden Globe nomination. After appearing in several films and gaining international recognition, Jennifer Lopez began her recording career and so far, she has produced seven hit albums! Singles including “I’m Real,” “If You Had My Love,” and “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” are a few of her super hit singles. In the year 2010, Jennifer became one of the judges for the popular TV show ‘American Idol’. This gained her more worldwide exposure; she refurbished herself as a style and fashion icon eventually earning the title of The World’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2011 by People magazine. Lopez has a fashion line, a range of perfumes, and celebrity support.
How much Jennifer Lopez earns?
Jennifer Lopez is one of the highest-paid actors. She has established herself as musical celebrity with her single performance “On The Floor” in 2011, one of the best-selling singles of all times. She ranked 9th in the Forbes list of the Richest 20 Women in Entertainment (2007) with an estimated worth of $110 million. Lopez was the first Latina actress to get a salary of $1 million for a movie role (Selena in 1997). Ultimately, she has become one of the most influential and powerful celebrities in the world.
Marriage and dating history of Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez, unfortunately, had three failed marriages plus one broken engagement. Lopez’ first real relationship started when she was just 15. It was with David Cruz. It started in 1984 and lasted until they broke up in 1994. Lopez met Ojani Noa, a waiter in Miami while she was shooting “Blood and Wine”. They got married early in 1997 and divorced in January 1998. Though their marriage did not last long, they remained friends. Later, she hired Noa to manage her restaurant in Pasadena, Madre’s, in 2002. However, she fired him a few months later.
Thereafter, in 2001, Jennifer Lopez began dating Cris Judd, a backup dancer. Prior to this, she was in relationship with Sean Combs for a few months. Rumors spread that Lopez and Affleck were seeing each other secretly. This happened when the two worked in the ill-fated movie Gigli. Thereafter, the two started seeing each other publicly in June 2002. Following that, she filed for divorce from Judd in July. Jennifer and Affleck were almost married on September 14, 2003 but the event was called off just a few hours beforehand. Later, they split in January 2004.
Jennifer Lopez began seeing Marc Anthony just three weeks after she split from Ben Affleck. She married Marc Anthony in June 2004 at her Miami Beach mansion. The couple has two children together. However, they end their relation in July 2011. In November 2011, Lopez started dating 24-year old dancer Casper Smart. Though no one felt the relationship would last long, they went on vacations, walked red carpets, and did almost all the ‘couple stuff’ until finally parting ways in June 2014.
Famous verses of Jennifer Lopez
“Beauty is only skin deep. I think what’s really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit.”
“You’ve gotta do things that make you happy. As women, we tend to give away a lot. We take care of a lot of people, and we can’t forget to take care of ourselves.”