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Born: July 24, 1969 The Bronx, New York, USA
When we used to watch the Fox comedy series In Living Color we thought the dancing “Fly Girls” were an entertaining and athletic diversion. Who would of thought then that one of those dancers would go off to become a critically-acclaimed actress?
Well, that happened to Jennifer Lopez. When Jennifer left In Living Color she landed some roles in shows that quickly flopped. Yet she must of found some rocket fuel, because she quickly landed four major roles in succession: a transit cop in Money Train, Robin Williams’ teacher in Jack, Jack Nicholson’s mistress in Blood and Wine, and the title role of the slain singer Selena. After that she snaked her way into Anaconda. She also appeared in Oliver Stone’s U Turn with Sean Penn and Out of Sight with George Clooney. She also went way out of sight by lending her voice to the computer animated Antz. When that film premiered at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival, she was one of the most photographed women, and we have the pictures to prove it.
In 2000, Jennifer made the visually stunning film The Cell, and followed that up with The Wedding Planner and Angel Eyes in 2001. She also managed to kick some butt in 2002’s Enough.
By the way, did we mention that Jennifer also has a sizzling singing career? Her first album On The 6 did quite well on the charts and her second album, J.Lo came out the same time as her movie The Wedding Planner. Both hit number one in the same week.
Jennifer also managed to become a favorite subject for the tabloids. When she began to focus more on her music career, she began dating rapper Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. In December of 1999, J. Lo and “Puffy” were arrested as they left the scene of a shooting at a NYC nightclub. Jennifer was not charged, and Puffy was acquitted on the charges he faced. The couple split up on Valentine’s Day 2001 and Jennifer married dancer/choreographer Cris Judd on September 29th, 2001.
2002 kept J. Lo busy on the acting/singing/tabloid fronts. She appeared as an abused wife who trains to fight back in Enough, she separated from hubby Cris Judd in June 2002 and became engaged to Ben Affleck in November 2002. She ended the year appearing in Maid in Manhattan opposite Ralph Fiennes.
She did run into some career and personal problems in 2003. The “Bennifer” duo did a ton of publicity surrounding their box office and critical bomb Gigli. They called off their lavish wedding in the fall citing that there was too much “media attention”. The cancellation only served to turn up the heat on the couple. Jennifer’s camp announced that the couple had split in January of 2004.
In March of that year, the press attention was again turned up as Lopez had a small role in Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl, which starred Affleck. That film was followed by a turn on the dance floor opposite Richard Gere in Shall We Dance?. She also found time in 2004 to get married to March Anthony. The next year, Lopez worked opposite Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law and Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman in An Unfinished Life.
In the fall of 2006, Lopez attended the Toronto International Film Festival with husband Marc Anthony to stir up interest and find a distributor for their film El Cantante.
Lopez hit the big screen again in 2010, starring with Alex O’Loughlin in The Back-up Plan. That same year, Lopez joined Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler as the new judges on the FOX show American Idol.
Jennifer gave birth on February 22, 2008 to fraternal twins Emme Maribel and Maximilian David Muñiz. Muñiz is Marc Anthony’s real last name. She filed for divorce from Anthony on July 15, 2011.
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