Jennifer Lynn Lopez, nicknamed "J.Lo" was born on July 24th 1969 and grew up in Castle Hill, a neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. Jennifer is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe (née Rodríguez), a kindergarten teacher and David Lopez, a computer specialist, both parents were born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She has two sisters Lynda and Leslie. Jennifer and her sisters were raised Roman Catholic. Her entire academic career she went Catholic schools finishing at the all girls school Preston High School in the Bronx. Jennifer started out going to singing and dancing lessons at the age of 19. She attended Baruch College for a semester then 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 New Kids On The Block and their performance of their song "Games" for the American Music Awards in 1991.
Jennifer is an actress,singer,record producer,fashion designer,television producer and not to mention dancer. Which is how she got her start by being a dancer in the hit T.V. show "In Living Color" as a "Fly Girl". Soon after that Jennifer became a backup dancer for Janet Jackson making an appearance in her 1993 video "That's the Way Love Goes".
She later got more popular acting in 1995 co-staring in the movie "Money Train" with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. Prior to that she was in My Little Girl,Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7, and My Family/Mi Familia. Jennifer's first leading role was in the biographical film Selena in 1997 which she earned an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress. She earned the same award for acting in the movie Out Of Site. She then acted in romantic comedies like The Wedding Planner,Maid in Manhattan,Shall We Dance and Monster In Law.
Jennifer Lopez was also in movies such as Jack (1996),Blood and Wine,Anaconda,U Turn (1997),Out of Sight,Antz (1998),The Cell (2000),Angel Eyes (2001),Enough (2002),Gigli (2003) which was a box office bomb :( Jersey Girl,Shall We Dance (2004), An Unfinished Life (2005), Bordertown,El Cantante,Feel The Noise(2007) and The Backup Plan(2010).
Her singing career really I think gave her the most fame coming out with hits like "If You Had My Love" off of her album "On the 6" in 1999. Then a second album named "J to tha L-O!: The Remixes" both debut albums went to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. Then came her 3rd and 4th albums named "This is me... Then" in 2002 and "Rebirth" in 2004 went to #2 on the Billboard 200. After that she released two albums, one in Spanish named "Coma Ama una Mujer" and the 5th studio album named "Brave". She has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. In 2003 she earned the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and in 2007 the American Music Award for Favorite Latin Artist.
At the moment Jennifer is married to Marc Anthony. In the past she has been with Ojani Noa, Sean Combs, Cris Judd and Ben Affleck. Her high school sweetheart didn't last with David Cruz. She started dating David in 1984 when Jennifer was 15. They split up in 1994 and she still enjoyed a close relationship with him. Ten years after they split Lopez stated "He's a friend and he probably knows me better than anyone else".
Jennifer's views on relationships "When it comes to family and relationships, I’m quite traditional. Just because of the way I was raised and I also believe in God and I have a lot of faith in that, so I just felt like you don’t mess with things like that. And I guess deep down I really felt like either this is not going to happen for me or it is. You know what I mean? And if it is, it will. And if it’s not, it’s not going to."
Jennifer has a clothing line for young women named Jlo by Jennifer Lopez but retired it in 2007. Participating in the Louis Vuitton Winter 2003 campaign. In 2005, she launched a new clothing line called Sweetface. She launched a new juniors' line called JustSweet in 2007.
Jennifer's frequent use of animal fur in her clothing lines and personal wardrobe has brought the scorn of people concerned with animal rights.
Lopez is also a spokesperson for Lux shampoo in Japan, appearing in the product's television commercials.
Jennifer Lopez owns the film and television production company Nuyorican Productions. It was co-founded with her manager Benny Medina who was supposed to receive half the producing revenue from the company. Jennifer split with Benny Medina shortly after the company was founded, but they later restored their business relationship.
Jennifer Lopez has been recognized by People en Espanol magazine as both the cover subject for the "50 Most Beautiful" in 2006 and the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in February 2007.
People magazines sexiest woman of the year 2011!