Also known as J.Lo[a], Lola
Born July 24, 1969 (age 43)
New York City, New York, US
Genres Dance, funk, Latin pop, pop, R&B
Occupations Actress, dancer, entrepreneur, fashion designer, film producer, philanthropist, recording artist, spokeswoman
Instruments Bongo, vocals
Years active 1986–present
Labels Epic, Island, Work
Associated acts Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Wisin & Yandel
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), commonly referred to by her moniker J.Lo[a], is an American actress, dancer, entrepreneur, fashion designer, film producer, philanthropist, recording artist and spokeswoman. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a small role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, to the dismay of her Puerto Rican parents, who believed that it was an unrealistic career route for a Hispanic. Following a move from The Bronx to Manhattan, Lopez performed in regional stage productions, before touring with musicals in Europe and Japan. She gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular cast member until 1993 when she decided to pursue an acting career. Lopez received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997. Following subsequent roles in the films Anaconda (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), Lopez ventured into the music industry in 1999 with the release of On the 6.
With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J.Lo and her film The Wedding Planner in 2001, Lopez became the first person to have a number one album and film in the same week. Her 2002 remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remixes, became the first in history to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200. Between the release of her third and fourth studio albums—This Is Me... Then (2002) and Rebirth (2005)—Lopez took a break from her music career to focus on acting, starring in the films Maid in Manhattan (2002) and Shall We Dance? (2004). Her Spanish-language album, Como Ama una Mujer (2007), received the highest first-week sales in the United States for a Spanish album. Lopez's commercial success was severely damaged after the release of her sixth studio album, Brave (2007). The set, which showcased a different musical prospective from the singer, failed to attain the success of her previous efforts and removed Lopez from the music scene until 2011, when she became a judge on the singing competition American Idol. This venture allowed her to regain media attention and improved her success on the music charts, with her single "On the Floor", from her seventh studio album Love?, showcased and released during such timespan, becoming a worldwide hit and her best-selling single to date.
Lopez's public image and personal relationships have attracted worldwide media attention. Her marriage to actor Ojani Noa was proceeded by a series of lawsuits by Lopez, resulting from Noa's attempts to sell private details of Lopez and their relationship. Following her marriage to Noa, Lopez dated Sean Combs, a relationship that became the inspiration for her 2000 single "Love Don't Cost a Thing". Combs accompanied Lopez to the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, where she wore her infamous Green Versace dress. Lopez became romantically involved with actor Ben Affleck, while still married to her second husband Cris Judd, during shooting of Gigli (2003), a film that is considered one of the worst of all time. Their relationship, dubbed as Bennifer by the media, ended as a result of media overexposure, which caused a negative impact on their careers. Lopez wed long-time friend Marc Anthony in 2004. Lopez gave birth to twins, Emme and Maximilian, in February 2008; People paid a reported $6 million for their first photographs, which became the most expensive celebrity picture at the time.