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Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn López (aka J. Lo, born July 24, 1970) is a well-known Puerto Rican-American actress, singer, designer, dancer, and fashion icon. She was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.

Table of contents
1 Nicknames
2 Before Being Famous
3 T.V. shows
4 Movies
5 Music
6 Claims at history making
7 Fashion
8 Relationships
9 Also see
10 External links

Nicknames

Before Being Famous

She started off as a backup dancer for the 80's Music Queen
Janet Jackson. She later took up acting, saying that she always knew she wanted to do this, and that her inspiration came from some of her favorite artists like Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson.

T.V. shows

She started in television as a "fly girl" (dancer) on the television comedy program In Living Color.

Movies

She started her acting career early in the 90s with movies like "Mi Familia", "Money Train", and "U-Turn", but it wasn't that Lopez had her first breakthrough success until she landed the part of Selena Quintanilla in the movie Selena. She followed this with a well-received performance in Out Of Sight with George Clooney. She has also appeared in The Cell, Angel Eyes The Wedding Planner, Enough, Maid in Manhattan, Gigli, Jersey Girl, and appeared in several other movies and television shows.

Music

Her music, mainly pop, includes the albums "J.Lo" and "On The 6", a reference to the subway line she used to take growing up in the Soundview section of the Bronx.

On The 6 was released in 1999 and featured the massive first single, "If You Had My Love". It also contained the Spanish-language, Latin-flavored duet "No me ames" with Marc Anthony, which was an international hit and was not released as a single in the United States, although the video got moderate airplay on American VH1 and The Box as a novelty.

In the fall of 1999, the album's second American single, "Waiting For Tonight" was released. It was not a hit on the same scale as "If You Had My Love", but was huge nonetheless. The memorable video capitalized on the millennium craze of the time, featuring J. Lo at a futuristic dance party in a jungle, while an enormous clock counted down the seconds to the year 2000. The video also had a popular dance remix, by popular club remixer, Hex Hector. To date, the remix video still gets occasional airplay on MTV2, during dance blocks.

The albums also included the other hit singles like, "Feelin' So Good", a hip hop track which contained guest raps by Big Pun and Fat Joe and the latin-dance-flavored track, "Let's Get Loud".

Towards the end of 2000, Lopez released "Love Don't Cost A Thing", her first single from her second album, J. Lo. Upon the album's release in early 2001, it quickly rose to the top of the charts; as had the single, which became her biggest hit since "If You Had My Love". The second single, "Play", which was written by rising teen star, Christina Milian, was a huge dance radio and club hit in early 2001 and was also successful on pop radio.

The album's next two singles, "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny" were her biggest ever hits both spending many weeks on top of the Billboard charts. However, to capitalize on this, Lopez asked Murda Inc to remix both songs, completely changing the lyrics and melodies. Adding raps from Ja Rule in both songs, and Cadillac Tah to only "Ain't It Funny" (Remix) song. The "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny" remixes were two of the biggest pop and rap hits in late 2001 and early 2002, respectively, and their more hip hop sound gave J.Lo street credibility and brought her music to a whole new group of fans.

She continued the successful trend by getting 50 Cent and Nas to write rhymes for two remixes of her next single, "I'm Gonna Be Alright". In mid-2002, Lopez released a remix album called , featuring the already popular rap remixes of "I'm Real", "I'm Gonna Be Alright", and "Ain't It Funny", and well as the dance remix of "Waiting For Tonight". The album also included rarer dance and hip hop remixes of her past singles, and a new song, a ballad called "Alive," which was included in Lopez' movie, Enough.

In the fall of 2002, Lopez released "This Is Me... Then", which spawned three hugely popular singles: "Jenny From The Block," which included raps from Jadakiss and Styles P; "All I Have," one of 2003's most popular songs to date, which was a duet with LL Cool J; and "I'm Glad". Later she released the fourth single "Baby I Love You" the musical theme for the movie "Gigli." Last, she released the fifth single "The One", but the video was based on the remixed version of the song which featured East Coast Rapper Joe Budden.

On November 18, 2003, she released her fifth album, "Reel Me", which included a DVD having all her music videos from her first video "If You Had My Love" to her last one "Baby I Love You." This album will included a bonus track, "Baby I Love You" (Remix) featuring R. Kelly.

Claims at history making

Fashion

Lopez owns a clothing line called "J.Lo By Jennifer Lopez". Her line is the most successful clothing line of artists on the industry market. Furthermore, she is planning to launch a Jewelry Line, Hats, Gloves, and a Scarves Line.

In other news she would be launching a new clothing line called "Sweetface" which hits stores in November 2003. Also a new perfume called "Still" is planned to be introduced in October 2003.

She has done a photoshoot to represent the Louis Vuitton winter campaign, in which the pictures would be seen all over the world through TV commercials, billboards, ads, newspapers, magazines and more. The campaign will start August 2003.

Other merchandise includes clothing for men and a cologne line for men due for release in winter 2004/05.

She does have a perfume line out right now called "Glo", and she was in question before, because the name came from another patented perfume.

J.Lo Inc.

Jennifer Lopez owns a production company "Nuyorican Productions", in which she is expected to produce some of her upcoming movies. Some of the projects are Carmen, Dirty Girls Social Club, and The Hector Lavoe Project. This company was founded together with her manager, Benny Medina, against whom she filed a lawsuit because of alleged fraud in July 2003.

The company produced the commercially successful movies The Cell, The Wedding Planner, and Maid In Manhattan. These three movies put together made more than $500 million worldwide.

Upcoming movies

Relationships

Lopez has been in two short-lived marriages. The first one, which was with Ojani Onoa, ended in divorce in 1998 after 21 months, and the second, in 2001-2002, was with Cris Judd, her former backup dancer. Between marriages, in 1999-2000, she dated singer and designer
P. Diddy, breaking up after a shooting incident in a New York night club. Recently, Lopez has been engaged to Ben Affleck, but the marriage planned for September 13, 2003 was called off a few days before the event. In January 2004 the couple split.

News media reported that on June 5, 2004, Lopez married singer Marc Anthony, less than a week after his divorce was finalized from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. Almost immediately, rumors began swirling that the wedding was of the "shotgun" variety and that Lopez was pregnant. Being a christian of the Roman Catholic variety, she has said in the past that she would never have a baby without being married. Complicating the situation is Anthony's refusal to confirm his marriage to Lopez and the fact that his divorce took place in the Dominican Republic, thus potentially invalid in the United States.

Also see

External links