Jennifer Lopez, born July 24, 1969 in New York City, is an American actress, singer, producer, dancer and businesswoman.
In 1986, she played in the film My Little Girl and then gained notoriety as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991. She received her first major role in two feature films: the musical drama Selena and the adventure film Anaconda , the predator, both released in 1997. She subsequently released her first studio album, On the 6.
The year 1998 saw her be directed by two great filmmakers: Oliver Stone for the thriller U-Turn and Steven Soderbergh for the black comedy Out of reach. The actress also trusts Tarsem Singh: The Cell is a fantasy and experimental thriller released in 2000.
With the release of her second studio album J.Lo, and the Hollywood romantic comedy A Marriage Too Perfect in 2001, Jennifer Lopez became the first artist to own a No.1 album and movie that same week. His 2002 album, J to tha L – O! The Remixes, becomes the first remix album in history to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, while its fifth album: Como Ama una Mujer (2007), ranks as the highest grossing Spanish-language album in the United States. United. With more than 75 million albums sold 1 and film revenues estimated at three billion dollars, Jennifer Lopez is considered the most influential and the highest paid of Latin American artists2. In May 2012, Jennifer Lopez was voted the most influential person in the world3 according to Forbes. On June 20, 2013, she was honored for her career and received the 2,500th star of the Walk of Fame.
In 2014, his fortune was estimated at around $ 400 million.
As an actress, she alternates between women of action – Angel Eyes (2001), Never again (2002), Parker (2013), Lila and Eve (2015) then the detective series Shades of Blue (2016-2018) – and romantic heroines from from poor backgrounds: Love at first sight in Manhattan (2003), Troubled love (2003), Father and Daughter (2004), Shall We Dance? (2004), His mother or me! (2005), El Cantante (2007), Le Plan B (2010), Seconde chance (2018) and Queens (2019).
Jennifer Lopez performed “This Land is Your Land” and “America The Beautiful” on January 20, 2021 during the inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden.
Early life (1969–1996)
Jennifer Lynn Lopez5, was born July 24, 1969 in Castle Hill, an area of the Bronx, New York, United States6,7. She is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. Her mother is a kindergarten teacher, and her father David Lopez, a computer specialist, 8 both born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez has two sisters, Lynda and Leslie. She was educated at Catholic schools, including Preston High School in the Bronx. Coming from a modest family, she finances her singing and dancing lessons herself from the age of 10. After studying at Baruch College for a semester, Jennifer divides her time between notary clerk activity, classes and dance performances at nightclubs in the Manhattan neighborhood. Jennifer Lopez was homeless at the age of 18.
Jennifer Lopez got a small role in a low budget film, My Little Girl, directed by Connie Kaiserman, in 1987.10 After months of auditions for dance roles, Jennifer Lopez was selected as a dancer for various rap music videos, an episode of Yo! MTV Raps in 1990, and as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block and their song Games performance for the American Music Awards in 1991. She got her first major recurring role as a Fly Girl dancer, on the comedy television In Living Color from 1991 to 1993. Shortly after, Jennifer Lopez became a professional dancer for Janet Jackson and appeared in the music video for the song That’s the Way Love Goes released in 1993. In 1991, she appeared also in British singer Samantha Fox’s music video Hurt me Hurt me (But The Pant Stay On); In particular, we see her dancing several times while singing Hurt me Hurt me.
Selena and On the 6 (1997–2000)
In February 1997, Jennifer Lopez starred alongside Jack Nicholson and Stephen Dorff in the neo-noir thriller Blood and Wine12. It is a business failure; the budget of $ 26 million spent on the thriller only succeeds in generating a million at the box office. Despite this, the thriller was well received by the specialized press14. Jennifer Lopez played the same year in the horror film Anaconda alongside Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde and Owen Wilson). She is nominated for a Saturn Awards for this role. Finally, Jennifer Lopez now plays the main protagonist Selena in the homonymous film in March of the same year. Jennifer Lopez also undergoes an intense audition during the casting16. With a budget of $ 20 million, the film brings in $ 35 million17. After her debut in Selena, Jennifer Lopez, feeling “at ease with her Latin roots”, recorded a musical demo in Spanish. Jennifer Lopez’s manager sends the demo, titled Vivir Sin Ti, to Sony Music Entertainment, which immediately takes an interest in the singer. Tommy Mottola, at the head of the label, wants him to sing the demo in English.
Jennifer Lopez’s debut album, On the 6 is a reference to the subway line 6 that she took to reach Castle Hill20. The album was released on June 1, 1999, and reached the 2002 Billboard top ten. The album features the singer’s first Billboard Hot 100 issue, debut single If You Had My Love, and top ten Waiting for Tonight. The album also includes a track in Spanish, a duet with a Latin flavor, No Me Ames with Marc Anthony. Although No Me Ames was never released, it reached # 1 on the US Hot Latin Tracks charts in the United States. On The 6 features duets with artists such as Big Pun and Fat Joe on the moderate Billboard Hot 100 track Feelin ‘So Good. Let’s Get Loud, the album’s latest single, is nominated for Grammy Awards in the category “Best Dance Song” in 2001. Waiting for Tonight was nominated in the same category the year before. No Me Ames received two Latin Grammy Awards nominations in 2000 in the “Best Vocal Duo / Pop Group” and “Best Music Video” categories.
From J.Lo to This Is Me … Then (2001–2003)
Jennifer Lopez’s second album, J.Lo, was released on January 23, 2001, and debuted at No. 1 on the 2002 Billboard. This album takes on a more urban musical orientation compared to the movie A Too Perfect Wedding, in which Jennifer Lopez plays Mary , a young woman organizing wedding ceremonies, who falls in love with a man whose wedding she is organizing without knowing it. She became the first singer-actress to have an album and a number one film in the same week. The opus’ debut single, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, is her UK number one debut single, and is ranked top five in the US24. This single is followed by Play, which will be ranked 20th on the Billboard Hot 100, and third in the UK. The next two singles are I’m Real and Ain’t It Funny which quickly climbed the charts. On this line, Jennifer Lopez asked the label The Inc. Records (then known as’ urder Inc.) to remix the two songs, with artists Ja Rule (I’m Real and Ain’t It Funny) and Caddillac. Tah (on Ain’t It Funny). The two remixes reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks. The singer reissues J. Lo on the occasion of her thirty-second birthday with the remix of I’m Real as a bonus24. In addition, Si Ya Se Acabó is released in Spain, due to the success Que Ironia (Spanish version of Ain’t It Funny). In 2001, Jennifer Lopez launched a promotional tour, the Let’s Get Loud ‘Live in Puerto Rico’ Concert, which was released on DVD in 2003.
Following the success of the J. Lo reissue, Jennifer Lopez decides to devote an entire album to remixes. J To Tha L-O! The Remixes was released on February 5, 2002,27. This album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first remix album in history to debut at the top of the charts28. J To Tha L-O! The Remixes contains duets with P. Diddy, Fat Joe and Nas, and rare dance and hip-hop remixes of previous singles. The album is the fifth best-selling remix in history29. In May 2002, Jennifer Lopez starred in the thriller Never Again, playing a woman named Slim trying to run away from her abusive husband. The film won $ 52 million at the box office, and was well received by the trade press31. For the filming of Never Again, Jennifer Lopez had to train very hard in order to master Krav-maga, but she suffered, despite her growing popularity during this period, a nervous breakdown. Jennifer Lopez remembers this period that she describes as “bizarre”, and refuses any therapeutic or drug assistance. She admits in these terms: “I feel keep things quiet – I didn’t want to move, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I didn’t want to do anything. »In September, Jennifer Lopez created her first fragrance, Glow by JLo, which was a real success.
The month following her engagement to actor Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez released her third studio album This Is Me … Then on November 26, 2002. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the main singles Jenny from the Block with Jadakiss and Styles P., and All I Have with LL Cool J. The album includes mostly love songs, and has sold 2.5 million copies in the United States29. It also includes a Carly Simon cover of You Belong to Me. The clip for the track I’m Glad recreates scenes from the movie Flashdance, resulting in a copyright infringement lawsuit, which is then dismissed.
From Films to Brave (2004–2009)
In March 2004, Jennifer Lopez played a small role in the film Father and Daughter, with Ben Affleck. Her character, Gertrude Steiney, dies during the birth of her child during the first fifteen minutes of the film36. With a budget of $ 35 million, the film was a commercial failure, generating a total of just $ 36 million at the box office. The film, however, is generally well received by the trade press, although it is considered a “cliché from a film with rose water” . In October, Jennifer Lopez starred alongside Richard Gere in the drama Shall We Dance ?, a remake of the 1996 Japanese film of the same name. With a budget of $ 50 million, the film brought in a total of $ 170 million worldwide39. It was well received by the specialized press40. Also in 2004, Jennifer Lopez befriended an eleven-year-old cancer patient, Paige Patterson. The little girl died the day after an award was presented to Jennifer Lopez in November 200441. After a year away from the music scene, Jennifer Lopez released her fourth studio album, Rebirth, on March 1, 2005, which she dedicated to Patterson42. Although debuting at the top of the Billboard 200, the album fell rapidly in the charts. The first single Get Right reached the top fifteen in the United States, and became his second single certified platinum (after If You Had My Love). Get Right was a hit in the UK, becoming his second number one single in that country. The second single, Hold You Down, duet with Fat Joe, ranks sixty-fourth in the US, sixth in the UK and top twenty in Australia. Another song, Cherry Pie, was released in late 2005, but video projects were canceled. It is sent to radios in Spain. Rebirth is certified platinum in the United States by the RIAA43. Jennifer Lopez then participates in a duet with LL Cool J on Control Myself, released as a single on February 1, 2006. He reached fourth place on the Billboard Hot 100 and second on UK top singles. This is Jennifer Lopez’s first top ten in the United States for three years. Rebirth is most successful in the UK, where most of its singles reach the top five.
Jennifer Lopez officially released her first full-sung album in Spanish, Como Ama una Mujer, in March 200744. Her husband, singer Marc Anthony, produced the album. The album reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200, and was ranked number one on the US Top Latin Albums for four consecutive weeks. The first single, Qué Hiciste, was officially released by radio stations in January 2007, and peaked at the top 10 of the European charts46. The video for the song is the first in Spanish language ranked first in MTV Total Request Live, ranking of the videos most popular with viewers47. Jennifer Lopez won an American Music Award as Favorite Latin Artist in 200748. Along with Como Ama una Mujer, Jennifer Lopez is one of the few artists to debut at the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with an album in Spanish45. In July 2007, Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony announced a joint tour which began on September 29 in New Jersey, United States49. The tour wins approximately $ 60 million, of which $ 1 per ticket is donated to Run for Something Better – a nonprofit organization promoting fitness programs in children.50,51 Jennifer Lopez released her fifth English studio album (sixth overall studio album), titled Brave, on October 9, 2007, six months after the release of Como Ama una Mujer; it was nevertheless the least profitable first album52.
Love? and Dance Again World Tour (2011–2012)
Since her pregnancy in 2007, Jennifer Lopez has started writing her seventh studio album, Love? 53. Its release was scheduled for summer 2010, and the opus should include productions by Danja, Jim Jonsin, Darkchild, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream or The Neptunes among others. A song titled Fresh Out the Oven duet with Pitbull went live in October 2009, but his record company claims it was simply a promotional single54. It still reached the first place of Hot Dance Club Songs55. The first official single from this project was originally Louboutins which made its radio debut on November 23, 2009, following its world premiere and Jennifer Lopez’s performance at the opening of the American Music Awards in 2009. The song succeeds only to enter the Hot Dance Club Play Chart six weeks after its release and reach # 1 56. At the end of February 2010, the separation of Jennifer Lopez and Epic Records was confirmed. Jennifer Lopez’s manager Benny Medina confirms the news by saying, “Jennifer has had a wonderful relationship with the Sony group and they have shared many successes together, but now is the time. come to take another direction in order to best serve the meaning of her career as an actress and singer, she is grateful and appreciates everyone at Sony, for all they have accomplished together57. Jennifer Lopez later told reporters that she had already completed her contractual obligations with Sony Music Entertainment and Epic Records, and decided it was best to end the partnership out of court. She adds that she found a new label for her album Love ?, scheduled for summer 201058. On February 19, 2010, Jennifer was a special guest at the 2010 Sanremo Festival, where she sang the song (What Is) Love? and some of his greatest accomplishments. Shortly after, on March 19, 2010, Jennifer Lopez signed with Def Jam59, and worked on new material for Love? with RedZone Entertainment (Harrell Kuk, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart). She also played the main role in the film The Plan B, then was announced as a jury for the next seasons of American Idol.
In early 2011, the singer’s comeback began on the set of Barbara Walters’ American television show Most Fascinating People of 2010 on ABC61. In this show, Lopez unveils the cover of Love? . The album, released on May 3, 2011, ranks 5th in the American charts with only 83,000 copies sold63, 6th in the United Kingdom (with more than 15,000 sales), and 7th in France, among others64. At the end of production, sales of the album are estimated at 318,000 copies in the United States65, and 1,063,500 worldwide66. The first extract from this opus, produced by RedOne, and in duet with rapper Pitbull, is called On the Floor. The song features the famous Lambada67. When it was released on iTunes in February 2011, it became the fifth best-selling song in the world on the one-day download platform68. The title also becomes a worldwide success, and reaches the first place of the musical charts of many countries. In the United States, On the Floor reached fifth place on the US Singles Top 10,069.70, and third place on the Billboard Hot 100, its first top 10 in the country since All I Have in 2003. A Spanish version of the track titled Ven a Bailar (On the Floor) was released as a single and is featured on the Deluxe Edition of Love ?. The On the Floor music video was released on March 3, 2011, and was a huge hit on YouTube. The second single from the album is called I’m Into You, and features the participation of singer Lil Wayne73. The title, released on April 1, 2011 on iTunes, is more urban, compared to On the Floor and its pop and dance sounds. The music video for the song, shot in Mexico, was posted online on May 2, 2011.
Papi, a dance-sounding track, is the third single from Love ?. A clip, shot in Los Angeles, was broadcast on September 19, 201175. Images of the latter are included in an advertisement for the Fiat 50076,77. Papi receives a rather mixed reception in the world78. In January 2012, Lopez announced the recording of new titles in collaboration with producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid for the promotion of his first best-of scheduled for 2012; the single Dance Again, in collaboration with the rapper Pitbull was released in April 2012, she also collaborated on Drinks for You (Ladies Anthem) from the rapper’s Global Warming album79. The Dance Again World Tour, announced in April 2012, is Jennifer Lopez’s very first world tour that kicked off on June 14, 2012, where she shares the stage with singer Enrique Iglesias in the United States.
On January 29, 2013, the tenor Andrea Bocelli released the opus entitled Passione, which contains the title Quizas, Quizas, Quizas in duet with Jennifer Lopez80. In the meantime, she also appears in the music video Becky From The Block by singer Becky G, covering the track Jenny from the Block by Jennifer Lopez. On May 8, 2013, she released the single Live It Up where she found Pitbull81 again. The single, which met with moderate success, was announced as the first official single from his new album, but was ultimately withdrawn. The same year, she signed as executive producer in the series The Fosters. In 2014, she was invited to the single Adrenalina with Ricky Martin, from the opus Regreso Del Sobreviviente, by rapper Wisin82. On March 17, 2014, Enrique Iglesias released the album Sex + Love, containing the track Physical in duet with Jennifer Lopez83. She is also collaborating with Pitbull and Brazilian singer Cláudia Leite to record We Are One (Ole Ola), the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was released in April84. The title is a hit in many countries.
Jennifer Lopez unveils, at the beginning of 2014, the title and the clip of the title Same Girl, written by Chris Brown, then the song Girls featuring Tyga, produced by DJ Mustard86; the songs are urban, and herald of his new album but are not exploited titles. In March 2014, Jennifer Lopez announced the first single from her new album, I Luh Ya Papi, an urban duet track with French Montana, which was rather well received by the American specialist press. The video for this track also elicits positive reviews, the clip is humorous and “confronts” the sexism of the music industry. The single is promoted with a performance on the thirteenth season of American Idol, which is judge88. But the title fails to climb the rankings. On May 1, 2014, Jennifer Lopez released the title First Love, produced by Max Martin, second single from her new album. The A.K.A album was released in June 2014. It was defended by a third single, Booty, featuring Pitbull on the album but remixed by rapper Iggy Azalea. Thanks to its sultry music video, it becomes the first single from the album to reach the top 20 in the United States. However, the album signs the worst start of his career in the charts and thus becomes his least sold album. At the end of 2014, she reveals her intimacy in her autobiography True Love, as well as in a documentary-concert Dance Again broadcast during the New Year’s Eve. The same evening, she performs a private concert at Caesars Palace.
Shades of Blue and new album (since 2015)
Jennifer Lopez stars in The Too Perfect Neighbor released on January 23, 201590 and the independent film Lila and Eve which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival91. She also lends her voice alongside Steve Martin and Rihanna in the animated film On the road! released on March 27, 2015 and sings on the soundtrack Feel The Light 92. In June, she is on Prince Royce’s Back It Up with rapper Pitbull93. She also sings a duet with singer Álvaro Soler on the hit El mismo sol94, as well as with Jason Derulo on the track Try Me95.
On November 22, 2015, Jennifer Lopez is the host of the American Music Awards ceremony and opens the ceremony with her song Waiting for Tonight followed by a dance performance on the various key songs of the year 2015. She will also return in his role as a jury in the final season of American Idol96. She plays and produces a detective series called Shades of Blue which airs on NBC97 and which will then be renewed for a second season. Jennifer Lopez is in residence in Las Vegas for a 40-concert show called All I Have which began on January 20, 201698 and will end on December 17. Jennifer Lopez’s first 10 concerts in Vegas were critically acclaimed99, sold out and grossed over $ 8 million for the 100 singer. The residency will be renewed in 2017 for 40 concerts as well.
On April 7, 2016, Jennifer Lopez released Ain’t Your Mama101 first single from her upcoming album, the song is about the place of women in society. The single is promoted with a performance in the finals of the fifteenth and final season of American Idol. On July 5, 2017, she released her new single Ni Tu Ni Yo, the first single from a new Spanish album, Por primera vez, which will hit stores on September 29, 2017.
In February 2018, the Freeform channel announced the end of the series produced by Lopez, The Fosters, at the end of its 5th season and 104th episode. Having been one of the channel’s biggest hits, a spin-off has been commissioned. It picks up where the mother series left off, following the 2 adopted daughters of the Adams-Foster family continuing their education in Los Angeles in community housing. Good Trouble has been airing since 2019, still on the same channel, and Lopez is resuming her role as executive producer.
From February 1997 to January 1998, she was married to Noa, a Cuban waiter, before being in a relationship with rapper, Sean Combs, from August 1999 to February 2001. Shortly after their break-up, Jennifer Lopez began dating Cris Judd , a choreographer, whom she married on September 29, 2001, after seven months of relationship but after separating in May 2002, they divorced in January 2003.
In July 2002, she began a relationship with actor Ben Affleck, with whom she became engaged three months later. They separated in January 2004102. The following month, she began dating the actor and singer, Marc Anthony, whom she married on June 5, 2004. On February 22, 2008, she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. . In July 2011, the couple announced their separation after seven years of marriage and marriage. After filing for divorce in April of the following year103, their divorce was granted two years later in June 2014104.
In 2011, she was in a relationship with dancer Casper Smart105 who also played in the Dance Again music video the following year106 and who would appear in a small role in the Shades of Blue series produced by Jennifer Lopez herself107. According to several rumors, they separated in August 2016 because of a deception by the latter108,109.
At the end of December 2016, she had a brief affair with singer Drake. The relationship ended in early February 2017110. Since the beginning of 2017, she has been in a relationship with baseball player Alex Rodriguez, who confirmed their relationship on the set of The View111. They got engaged in early March 2019.