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J. Lo Biography

Jennifer Lopez began her creative career as a dancer in the cinema, but her vocal abilities brought her worldwide popularity and fame. The girl dreamed of proving that she was talented in everything, including music, and she more than succeeded.

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez

Today she has studio albums, dozens of films, the Golden Globe Award and many business achievements.

Childhood and youth

Jennifer was born on July 24, 1969 in Castle Hill in New York. For her bright and atypical appearance for American women, a talented actress should thank her parents, Puerto Ricans. Her father, David, had worked for a night shift at an insurance company before he got a job at a computer company. Mother Guadalupe was a housewife and was engaged in raising Jennifer and her sisters.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

The Lopez family lived modestly, 5 people were huddled in a small apartment, which they managed to change to a house only a few years later. Guadalupe raised young daughters from daughters, instilling in them a sense of taste and refined manners. Girls were forbidden to walk for a long time on the street, but after dark, they were supposed to be at home. Mother also tried to develop talents in children.

When little Jennifer turned 5 years old, she was given lessons in singing and dancing, which helped her in the future. To protect her daughter from the harmful influence of the world, the future actress and singer was sent to a Catholic school, where she continued to sing in the choir. Lopez gladly participated in school productions and arranged similar performances at home with her sisters.

Jennifer Lopez in childhood
Jennifer Lopez in childhood

The young singer also achieved considerable success in sports: she did gymnastics, performed at national running competitions, and was a member of the school softball team. Alas, the Lopez family did not see her at all as a star of show business. Mother believed that Jennifer must necessarily master the honorable and prestigious legal profession, linking her life with jurisprudence.

In her graduation class, Lopez was casting for the film “My Little Girl”. The picture was not successful, however, gave the young actress a dream. Since then, Jennifer wanted to become a famous actress, whose play would admire the whole world. But, being an obedient daughter of her parents, she entered the law college, leaving him after a semester of studies.

Jennifer Lopez in her youth
Jennifer Lopez in her youth

The girl tried to explain to her parents that she wanted to become an actress, but instead of approval, she heard accusations of stupidity and the fact that not a single Latin American could succeed in becoming famous in Hollywood.

Jennifer did not agree with her family and even left home, renting an apartment in Manhattan. The girl got a job in a law firm, and at night worked as a dancer. In her youth, she participated in the musicals “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Oklahoma!”. There, a talented girl was noticed and invited to the choir “Golden Musicals of Broadway”, which toured Europe for half a year. However, the participation in it disappointed the singer: she is the only one from the whole choir who did not receive a solo part.

 

Films

The first films with Jennifer Lopez could not boast of a serious plot or fame. All of them were associated with the dance talents of the artist. Her first full-time job in television was the show “Bright Colors”, one of the dancers could not participate in the project, and Lopez took her place. After a 2-year collaboration with the project, Jennifer announced her desire to pursue an acting career and left the show.

Actress Jennifer Lopez
Actress Jennifer Lopez

In 1993, the actress received the first invitation to shoot the film "Lost in the wilderness," which was released exclusively for home viewing. Nevertheless, for the artist, this picture was the next step on the way to the dream, and she finally moved away from music and dance projects, first appearing in a drama.

Lopez made his debut in a big movie at the premiere of the film “My Family”. For the role of young Mary, she even received the first nomination.

Jennifer Lopez at the beginning of film career
Jennifer Lopez at the beginning of film career

But subsequent films with Jennifer were a failure, their box office only slightly exceeded the budget and did not interest the viewer.

The first success for the actress was the painting "Selena". Despite the fact that the film was shot by the same director, who previously participated in the creation of "My Family", the actress had to go through the tedious casting. The screen version of the biography of the singer Selena allowed the actress to fully demonstrate her stage talents, which amazed critics who had previously been skeptical of the actress to the core.

Jennifer Lopez in the film
Jennifer Lopez in the film "Selena"

High professionalism gave Jennifer the first nomination for the Golden Globe, which was a real recognition for the beginning film actress. Career Lopez rapidly went up, and her work enjoyed success.

The film "Out of sight", where the actress played with eminent actor George Clooney , gave her a fee of $ 1 million and the glory of the first Latin American actress, who received such a large amount as a payment.

The figure of Jennifer Lopez
The figure of Jennifer Lopez

With the development of musical career, Jennifer has become a frequent guest of lyrical comedies. In films, she invariably plays major roles, because, due to her popularity, the name Lopez alone can make a project commercially successful. But in her filmography, there is a place and dramatic paintings, like "Angel Eyes", "Unfinished Life" and many others.

Of the particularly striking works, we should mention the tandem of the actress with Richard Gere in the melodrama “Let's Dance” and the main role in the fantastic thriller “The Cage”, created for costumes by the famous Japanese designer Eiko Isioka, known for her collaboration with Bjork and Cirque du Soleil.

Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere in the movie
Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere in "Let's Dance"

Among the works of celebrity, viewers celebrate the comedy "If the mother-in-law is a monster", where the heroine Lopez has to share the love of one man with his mother, which was performed by Jane Fonda. But critics turned out to be less supportive of the Latin American comedy talent and put her name on the list of nominees for the Golden Raspberry anti-award.

Criticism only contributed to the fact that the actress began to put more effort to work on the set. Soon she appeared in the drama "Border Town", which she herself produced, the comedy "What to expect when you expect a child," the crime thriller "Parker", where her partner was Jason Staten.

Jennifer Lopez and Jason State in the film
Jennifer Lopez and Jason State in the film "Parker"

In 2015, the series “Shades of Blue” starred with Jennifer in the title role. She played a single mother who works in the police and comes to the FBI to fight corruption from the inside. For an actress, this is the first serious role in a multiseries film.

 

Music

In 1999, Jennifer released the first single, "If You Had My Love", which instantly became a hit. The name of the actress, and already the singer, turned out to be on the top line of the popular American charts Billboard Hot 100. Surprisingly, only the singer Britney Spears had previously achieved similar success with the debut composition.

Jennifer Lopez - "If You Had My Love"

Critics with bated breath waited for a full-fledged album Lopez, wondering why she had to start a singer’s career. According to them, the bad record could have a negative impact on the acting profession Jennifer. Nevertheless, the album titled "On the 6" was met with deafening success from the audience, which came as a surprise to critics and forced them to recognize Lopez as "a woman who has many talents."

Jennifer's music became so popular that by the end of 1999 she overshadowed her film career. The fans called the singer none other than J. Law, and she did not hesitate to adopt this stage pseudonym, which also served as the name for Jennifer’s second album “J.Lo”, which appeared on the shelves in 2001. The album once again took off to the highest positions of American charts and sold a huge circulation.

Jennifer Lopez - "Ain't Your Mama"

Jennifer dedicated her fourth album “Rebirth” to a boy named Patterson. In 2004, as part of her visit to the children's hospital, the singer met an 11-year-old boy, Paige, who was ill with cancer. Despite all the efforts of doctors, he died in November of the same year. This event was a shock to Lopez, who realized the importance of actions aimed at helping those in need.

Soon Lopez drew attention to the Hispanic audience and released the disc "Como Ama una Mujer". Despite the fact that all the songs of the collection were in Spanish, the album was commercially successful in the USA.

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull - "Dance Again"

Subsequent work of the artist did not bring the expected result, and she was forced to change the music label with which she worked for many years. Her new record company was Island Records. The singer was not mistaken: another successful work followed - the album “Love?”, One of the singles of which was the composition “Dance Again”, performed jointly with rapper Pitbull.

 

Personal life

Jennifer's personal life is no less saturated than her career. For the first time, the singer married in 1997 for the Cuban waiter Ohani Noah. Their marriage was short-lived because after a year the couple broke up. But the guy was not averse to cash in on the popularity of his ex-wife, and in 2006 he tried to publish a book about their relationship.

Jennifer Lopez and Ohani Noa
Jennifer Lopez and Ohani Noa

Jennifer dissuaded him, citing the fact that this would be a violation of their confidentiality agreement, but Ohani did not obey, and the case was brought to court. The judge ruled that the work of Noah puts the singer in a bad light, and banned the publication, and also obliged the unlucky writer to pay compensation of $ 545 thousand.

In the period from 1999 to 2002, Lopez met with Sean Combs, who dragged her into an unpleasant story of shooting in a public place, and was also married to dancer Chris Judd.

The next chosen singer was the actor Ben Affleck . The press instantly called them “Bennifer” and called them “a super pair”. The lovers even planned a wedding for September 2003, but the day before the event, without giving any reason, they canceled the ceremony.

In 2004, Lopez married musician Mark Anthony and bore him twins - son Max (Maximilian David) and daughter Emmy (Emma Maribel). Later, the artist admitted that for many years she could not get pregnant, so she was desperate to become a mother. She perceived the birth of children as a gift from above.

Jennifer Lopez and her ex-husband Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez and her ex-husband Marc Anthony

However, this relationship did not bring happiness to the singer. In 2011, she said she plans to break up with her husband because of "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finally finalized only in 2014, by which time Jennifer had been meeting with another man, dancer Casper Smart, for over 2 years. The couple broke up for some time, but in 2015 resumed relations, and rumors appeared in the press about the upcoming wedding, which was never confirmed.

Jennifer Lopez with children and Casper Smart
Jennifer Lopez with children and Casper Smart

In 2016, Lopez announced the final separation. Soon, the singer began to increasingly appear with rapper Drake , with whom, according to reporters, her romance spun.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

In the spring of 2017, Alex Rodriguez became a baseman's star. For a couple of months, the lovers were hiding from the paparazzi, but then they increasingly began to fall into the lenses of cameras.

In the spring of 2018, their engagement took place. Beloved and today together, moreover, Jennifer does not get tired to confess to her chosen one in love and does it openly. In an interview, the singer explains that she shares the same views on life, parenting, and creativity with Rodriguez.

Jennifer Lopez in a swimsuit
Jennifer Lopez in a swimsuit

Together with Alex in the winter of 2019, Jennifer spent 10 days on a carbohydrate-free diet. The actress was sure that the refusal of sugar and flour will help her to improve an already attractive figure.

The star always impressed the public with her appearance: the fans were delighted with the singer’s appearance in open dresses, of her photos in glossy magazines in a bathing suit or underwear. Now, with a growth of 167 cm, the celebrity keeps the weight within 56 kg.

In addition, J. Law monitors the condition of the skin, and therefore often shows in his personal Instagram, photos without makeup on which he looks much younger than his age.

Jennifer Lopez now

Jennifer Lopez today do not lose creative activity. In the spring of 2018, there was the premiere of the video for the Spanish-language hit "El Anillo", which gained more than 3 million views a day. In less than a year, this figure reached 250 million.

Jennifer Lopez in the 2019 film
Jennifer Lopez in the 2019 film "Start over"

At the beginning of 2019, the next lyrical comedy starring JLo “Start Over” was launched in Russia. The main character of the story, Maya, gets a place in a prestigious company, where, thanks to her talent, she achieves great heights.