Jennifer Lopez is an actress, dancer, entrepreneur, fashion designer, film producer, philanthropist and singer. Jennifer Lopez became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl.
Following a move from The Bronx to Manhattan, Lopez performed in regional stage productions, before touring with musicals in Europe and Japan. Jennifer Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.
Jennifer Lopez received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997. Following subsequent roles in the films Anaconda and Out of Sight, she ventured into the music industry in 1999 with her debut studio album On the 6, joining a select few in successfully converting from a film to music.
With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J.Lo and her film The Wedding Planner in 2001, Jennifer 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, was 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 and Rebirth, Jennifer Lopez took a break from her music career to focus on acting, starring in the films: Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance?
Her fifth studio album, Como Ama una Mujer, received the highest first-week sales for a Spanish album in the United States. Jennifer Lopez’s commercial success was severely damaged after the release of her sixth studio album, Brave. The album failed to attain the success of her previous efforts and removed her 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 this timespan, becoming her best-selling single to date.
Jennifer 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, Jennifer Lopez dated Sean Combs, who accompanied Lopez to the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, where she wore her infamous Green Versace dress.
Jennifer Lopez became romantically involved with actor Ben Affleck, while still married to her second husband Cris Judd, during shooting of Gigli, a film that is considered one of the worst of all time. Jennifer 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 the first photographs of the twins, which became the most expensive celebrity picture at the time.
How Jennifer Lopez Made Her Money – Acting and Singing
Estimated Net Worth: $110 Million
Birthday: July 24, 1969
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