Jennifer Lopez

     
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Real Name: Jennifer Lopez
Birthday: July 24, 1970
Place of Birth: Bronx, NY, USA

 

Biography And Filmography:

Jennifer Lopez went from a rising young music star to leading lady, with her hot, sexy eyes, and gorgeous body coming across well on the big screen. Lopez first gained attention as a "fly girl", one of the dancers on the show "In Living Color", and went on to act in a few television series before hitting the big time, landing in feature films and hitting the top of the Billboard charts. The daughter of a computer specialist and a teacher always wanted to perform and began taking dance lessons at an early age. 

While Lopez made her film debut in "My Little Girl" (1987), her real Hollywood break did not arrive until she won out over 2,500 other applicants, impressing choreographer Rosie Perez, and winning a job in the dance group of "In Living Color" with Jim Carrey. Lopez stayed with the show from 1991-1993, and then decided to try her luck in acting. Television roles came quickly, although the shows were not all that successful. She made her TV movie debut as a nurse in the Mexican jungle in "Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7" (1993). Lopez went on to play Melinda, a Latina maid under the watchful eye of her father in the series "Second Chances" (1993), and replayed the role in "Hotel Malibu" (1994). She also appeared in "South Central" (1994), as a co-worker of star Tina Lifford. 

Television proved too small a goal for Jennifer Lopez, whose talent and personality as well as her good looks desired the big screen. Her first feature film came with "My Family" (1995), which had her cast as the young version of the mother of the Mexican-American family, a woman who endured illegal deportation and near-drowning to return to her husband in Los Angeles. That same year, Jennifer co-starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in the action blockbuster "Money Train". In 1996, she was Robin Williams' concerned fifth grade teacher, in "Jack", a fantasy by Francis Ford Coppola that starred Robin Williams as a ten-year-old boy whose aging process is severely accelerated.

Jennifer Lopez's fame was shot to distinction when she was cast in the title role of "Selena" (1997), the moving film about the dearly loved murdered Tejano singer. Selena's significant life and tragic death made for a truly gripping film, and the actress' vivacious, spontaneous portrayal set her apart from her equals and readied her for stardom. With good reviews for her role in the thriller "Blood and Wine" starring Jack Nicholson, Lopez was ready for bigger things, as seen by her casting alongside Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton, Claire Danes and Sean Penn in Oliver Stone's "U-Turn" (1997). In 1998, she cemented her leading lady status, starring opposite George Clooney in the action thriller "Out of Sight". Showing a good sense of humor that added a down-to-earth quality to her good looks, she proved a good match for heartthrob George Clooney.

Winning great reviews for her performance, Jennifer Lopez was well on her way to superstardom, and made the most of her fame by releasing her debut album, a New York City flavored dance record entitled "On the 6" after the subway line that runs from her Bronx home into Manhattan. While the songs "If You Had My Love" and "Waiting For Tonight" topped the charts and was played in nightclub, Jennifer was also having more film success as the star of the science fiction thriller "The Cell" (2000). Directed by music video visionary Tarsem, the film drew from art inspirations, and made up for slow plot devices with a big dose of sexy bodies. 


In 2001, Jennifer tried her hand at romantic comedy, playing "The Wedding Planner" who falls for the groom (Matthew McConaughey). She showed an amazing talent for comedy, and got rid of her glamorous image for one of a stressed out workaholic prone to pratfalls and other embarrassing misfortune. Audiences ran to see the summer comedy, and the final week of that year saw the film as well as her newly-released album "J.Lo" hit the top of the charts at the same time.

Lopez then starred as a policewoman who falls in love in the romantic thriller "Angel Eyes"(2001). In 2002, she starred in Michael Apted's thriller "Enough" with Noah Wyle. In this film, she played an abused woman who realized that the only way to get away from her abuser was to kill him. Both "Angel Eyes" and "Enough" did well at the box office, but the actress, who also released the popular album "This is Me..." in 2002, stayed one of the most talked-about celebrities of her generation and a constant figure on magazine covers and entertainment news shows. Her next film cast her in "Maid in Manhattan" (2002), where she played a housekeeper at a high class New York hotel who falls for an attractive politician played by Ralph Finnes.

Her public profile reached overdrive with the release of "Gigli" (2003), the action comedy on which she first met and fell in love with Ben Affleck. After months of media hype surrounding the "Bennifer" relationship, public anticipation of an on-screen romance between Lopez and Affleck was so high, the film was the subject of huge edit work over to please the public, although her character was developed and originally shot as a confirmed lesbian. The film, where Affleck plays an incompetent mob thug, was the victim of bad press for months before its release and received a critical smashing when it finally hit theaters. 

Lopez continued to be at the center of the media frenzy when she and Affleck called off their wedding in September 2003 and split for good in early 2004, followed by press reports that she sought comfort with Latin singing star Marc Anthony. For now, the "Bennifer" repercussion was so extreme, the makers of the next Affleck collaboration, writer-director Kevin Smith's romantic comedy "Jersey Girl" (2004) downplayed her involvement and her role was small and brief, playing Affleck's doomed wife in the film's opening sequences. 

The big shock came six months after the split when she unexpectedly married the newly divorced Marc Anthony in ceremony that confirmed her off-screen reputation as the Elizabeth Taylor of her generation, and the couple took eight months before officially confirming their marriage and refused to talk about it further.

In the middle of her busy life as a celebrity, she continued to make movies. Lopez was cast opposite Richard Gere as a cold dance instructor who finds her passions as she teaches Gere's preoccupied family man how to move across the dance floor in the romance "Shall We Dance?" (2004) with Susan Sarandon. 

In 2005 Jennifer made headlines with her live duet with Anthony at the 47th annual Grammy Awards and she showed her continual entrepreneurial skills with a new fragrance launch, the debut of her "Sweetface" clothing line which prompted protests from animal activists for using real fur, and a new album, "Rebirth," a return to club-style dance beats which launched to poor sales. 

Her next film, the comedy "Monster-In-Law" (2005) with screen legend Jane Fonda, in the film her good natured temp worker finds the man of her dreams, only to be pestered by his meddling, over-protective mother who hopes to drive her away. 

Her next film, Lasse Halstrom's "An Unfinished Life" (2005) featuring Morgan Freeman, was released long after completion due to the difficulties at Miramax, and while she received good reviews for her role as a widowed mother in an abusive relationship who seeks shelter with her estranged father-in-law (Robert Redford), the project failed at the box-office.

The actress also developed and executive produced the television series "South Beach" in 2005, an ensemble drama about three young adults whose dreams and aspirations lead them to Miami. She next starred in the crime drama "Bordertown" (2006) with Antonio Banderas, about a journalist who investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso. 


Jennifer Lopez next appeared in "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" (2009) a comedy drama that details the story of a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson. She wrapped her year with the action comedy "The Governess" (2009) where a woman falls in love with a con artist who asks her to pose as a governess for the wealthy family he intends on robbing.

In 2011, Lopez was selected as a judge on "American Idol" and helped fill the void from retiring Simon Cowell. Ratings climbed throughout 2012 when she announced a possible split with her husband Marc Anthony. 

 

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