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Lopez, Jennifer 1970 --
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Actress and pop singer. Born July 24, 1970, in the Bronx, New York. Lopez began her career as a dancer, appearing in stage musicals and various music videos. In 1990, she won a national competition and earned a spot dancing on the popular Fox comedy television series, “In Living Color,” as one of the “Fly Girls.” A series of small acting jobs followed, including parts in two more series and a TV movie, Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7, in 1993. Lopez’s first feature film was the critically acclaimed Mi Familia, or My Family, in 1995. She also appeared in Money Train (1995), opposite Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, and in Jack (1996), directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Robin Williams.

Lopez’s first big break came in 1997, when she was chosen to play the title role in Selena, a biopic of the Tejano pop singer Selena Quintillana Perez, who was killed by a crazed fan in 1995. She earned widespread praise for her performance, including a Golden Globe nomination, and became the highest-paid Latina actress in history with her paycheck of $1 million. That same year, Lopez starred in the forgettable Anaconda and in Blood and Wine, opposite Jack Nicholson. Her role as federal marshal Karen Sisco in Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, a film based on the Elmore Leonard novel and co-starring George Clooney, further enhanced her image as a bankable movie star.

Lopez’s musical career also began to take off, as she released her debut Latin pop album, On the 6 in June 1999. The album, fueled by the success of her hit single, “If You Had My Love,” went platinum within two weeks, making Lopez—along with Ricky Martin—one of the most influential examples of the growing Latin cultural influence in pop music.

Early in 2000, Lopez was nominated for Best Dance Performance for her second hit single "Waiting for Tonight," but lost the award to veteran diva Cher. In the summer of 2000, she starred in the science fiction-thriller The Cell, in which she plays a child psychologist helping to track a terrifying serial killer.

The popularity of the multi-talented Lopez reached new heights in early 2001, as her new album, J. Lo debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts, while her new film, the romantic comedy The Wedding Planner, shot to the top spot at the box office in its first week of release.

Lopez was briefly married, in 1997, to Ojani Noa, a model and actor. She is currently dating rap mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs. In December 1999, Combs and Lopez were allegedly involved in a shooting incident outside a New York City nightclub, in which three people were injured. Combs was later charged with gun possession and bribery, as prosecutors claimed he offered his driver, Wardel Fenderson, $50,000 to say that the loaded gun police found at the scene of the crime was Fenderson's. His trial, at which Lopez has publicly stated she will agree to testify, begins in late January 2001. If convicted, Combs faces a possible 15 years in prison. After repeatedly denying widespread rumors of a breakup, Combs confirmed in mid-February that he and Lopez had separated.

Shortly after her breakup from Combs was made public, Lopez began dating Cris Judd, a dancer who appeared in the video for her hit single "Love Don't Cost a Thing." After much media speculation, the couple announced their engagement in August 2001. They were married in late September and will live together in Los Angeles.
 

JENNIFER LOPEZ FILMOGRAPHY
Production Year Character
Enough 2002 Slim
Angel Eyes (DVD) (VHS) 2001 Sharon Pogue
The Wedding Planner (DVD) (VHS) 2001 Maria 'Mary' Fiore
The Cell 1999 Catherine Deane
Out of Sight (DVD) (VHS) 1998 Karen Sisco
Antz 1998 Azteca (voice)
U Turn (DVD) (VHS) 1997 Grace McKenna
Anaconda (DVD) (VHS) 1997 Terri Flores
Selena (DVD) (VHS) 1997 Selena
Quintanilla Blood and Wine 1997 Gabriela
Jack 1996 Miss Marquez
Money Train (DVD) (VHS) 1995 Grace Santiago
My Family 1995 Maria Sanchez
"Hotel Malibu" TV Series 1994 Melinda Lopez
"Second Chances" TV Series 1993 Melinda Lopez
Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 (TV) 1993 Rosie
"In Living Color" TV Series 1990 Fly Girls
My Little Girl 1986 Myra

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