Jennifer Lopez, popularly known as JLo, began her career as an actress and later found fame as a singer. She is also known for her glamorous sense of style. Check out some highlights and key moments from the career of the award-winning actress and singer.
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born to Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez in New York City, New York, U.S., on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of the three sisters. She graduated from Preston High School and enrolled in Baruch College for higher education but quit after a semester to follow her passion for dance.
Although Lopez started off her career as a dancer in stage musicals, she ended up bagging a small role at the age of 16 in the film “My Little Girl” (1986), which also starred James Earl Jones, Geraldine Page and Mary Stuart Masterson.
In 1991, she was cast as one of the Fly Girls in the popular TV comedy “In Living Color” (1990-94).
(Pictured) Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier in a still from the show.
During the early 1990s, she appeared in a number of small roles on TV. These included TV movie “Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7” (1993) and TV series including, “Second Chances” (1993-94, pictured), “South Central” (1994) and “Hotel Malibu” (1994).
Her first major big-screen appearance was marked by Gregory Nava’s drama “My Family” (pictured, 1995), in which she played the role of Maria. In the same year, she was seen in the action comedy “Money Train,” also featuring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.
In the following year, she was seen in a small role in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed film “Jack,” alongside Robin Williams.
In 1997, she got her big break with “Selena,” a biopic of pop singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (1971-95). Lopez received positive reviews for her performance and earned her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.
Her other 1997 releases includes the crime drama “Blood and Wine,” alongside Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine, and the box-office hit “Anaconda,” starring Ice Cube and Jon Voight, and “U Turn” (pictured) featuring Sean Penn.
In 1998, she starred in the critically acclaimed “Out of Sight” opposite George Clooney. Lopez became the highest-paid Latina actress in Hollywood.
In 1999, Lopez released her debut studio album titled “On the 6.” The songs “If You Had My Love” and “Waiting for Tonight” became two of her biggest hits. The album also featured the single “No Me Ames,” which she recorded with Marc Anthony, her second husband whom she was married from 2004 to 2014.
In 2000, she starred in the psychological thriller “The Cell” with Vince Vaughn. Even though the movie didn’t fare well at the box office, the year proved to be significant for Lopez as she made her now-iconic Grammy appearance in a green silk chiffon Versace dress (pictured).
According to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the widespread coverage of that red-carpet moment was the inspiration behind the tech giant’s search feature. In a 2015 essay, Schmidt recalled it as “the most popular search query we had ever seen.”
In 2001, her second studio album “J.Lo” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming one of her most successful albums. During the same year, her film – “The Wedding Planner” (pictured) opposite Matthew McConaughey – opened at No. 1 at the box office.
Banking on the success of “J.Lo,” Lopez released a remix album titled “J to tha L-O! The Remixes” on Feb. 5, 2002. The album, which featured her remixed songs from the previous albums, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
In November 2002, Lopez released her third studio album “This Is Me… Then.” Featuring singles such as “Jenny from the Block” and “All I Have,” it had a slow start but managed to reach at number two on the Billboard 200.
The music video for the lead single, “Jenny from the Block,” featured actor Ben Affleck (pictured) with whom she was engaged at the time.
Lopez starred in the romantic comedy “Maid in Manhattan” (2002) opposite Ralph Fiennes. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was a commercial success.
In 2003, she appeared opposite Affleck in Martin Brest-directed romantic comedy “Gigli” (pictured), which bombed at the box office. It received multiple Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay.
The two again featured in a flop film “Jersey Girl” (2004). There was scene in the film that showed the church wedding between Lopez and Affleck’s characters, but it was cut after their breakup in real life.
Her other release in 2004, “Shall We Dance” opposite Richard Gere, did well at the box office. It was a remake of a 1996 Japanese film of the same name.
Lopez starred alongside veteran actress Jane Fonda in the romantic comedy “Monster-in-Law” (pictured) in 2005. A box-office success, it earned over $155 million. She also appeared in “An Unfinished Life” that year, featuring Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman.
After her marriage to singer Marc Anthony, the pair starred in “El cantante” (2006), which was based on the life of salsa singer Héctor Lavoe. While Anthony played the lead role, Lopez played his wife Puchi. Released in 2007 in the U.S., the film received negative reviews from critics.
In 2007, she released her first Spanish album, “Como Ama una Mujer,” which performed well on Latin and pop charts. The same year, she released her sixth studio album, “Brave,” which had singles such as “Hold It Don’t Drop It” and “Do It Well.”
(Pictured) Lopez receives multi-platinum discs for her album “Como Ama Una Mujer” in Madrid, Spain, on March 21, 2007.
In 2010, Lopez replaced Ellen DeGeneres as the new female judge on the tenth season of “American Idol.”
(Pictured, L-R) Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson at the press conference in Inglewood, California, U.S., on Sept. 22, 2010.
During her stint as an “American Idol” judge, Lopez released her seventh studio album, “Love?” in 2011. It featured hit singles such as “On the Floor” feat. Pitbull, “I’m Into You” feat. Lil Wayne, “Papi” and “Invading My Mind.”
(Pictured) Lopez with Pitbull at the KIIS-FM’s 2011 Wango Tango concert in Los Angeles on May 14, 2011.
She released her greatest hits album, “Dance Again… the Hits,” in 2012 to coincide with the start of her Dance Again World Tour. It entered the Billboard album charts at number 20.
(Pictured) Lopez performs during the tour in London, England on Oct. 22, 2012.
The star served as executive producer for 94 episodes of the hit ABC series, “The Fosters” (2013-18).
(Pictured) Lopez with the cast of the series on April 22, 2013.
In June 2014, she released “A.K.A.,” her eighth studio album. It featured singles such as “I Luh Ya Papi,” “First Love” and “Booty.”
Lopez performed with Pitbull (C) and Cláudia Leitte (R) on the official song – “We Are One” – at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In 2014, she began designing a range of jewelry products after partnering with Endless Jewelry. She also turned author with the release of her book “True Love,” which went on to become a best-seller.
In 2015, Lopez both co-produced and starred in the erotic thriller, “The Boy Next Door,” opposite Ryan Guzman. The film was a box-office success but received negative reviews.
Lopez was also a part of the animated film “Home” in 2015. She voiced the character of Lucy Tucci.
She was announced as the first-ever Global Advocate for Girls and Women at the UN Foundation in September 2015.
(Pictured) With Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation, at the foundation’s Gender Equality Discussion in New York City on Sept. 25, 2015.
Her next project was “Shades of Blue” (2016-18), for which she was also executive producer. In the American police drama by Adi Hasak, Lopez played Harlee Santos, a NYPD detective and single mother struggling with financial problems.
In 2017, she won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress.
She executive produced a dance show named “World of Dance,” which premiered on May 30, 2017. With 9.7 million viewers, the show was the most-watched premiere in nine years for a summer alternative series. She also serves as a judge on the show.
(Pictured) Lopez with judges Ne-Yo (L) and Derek Hough during the third season of the “World of Dance.”
In 2015, Lopez announced her the name of her Las Vegas residency as “All I Have.” It started in January 2016, and concluded in September 2018. With the total ticket sales over $100 million, it became the top Vegas residency by a Latin artist.
(Pictured) The final show on Sept. 29, 2018.
She has successfully generated billions in revenue with her fragrance empire. In 2019, she has launched her 25th perfume Promise.
In 2018, she was named the sixth highest-paid women in music by Forbes, with earnings of $47 million.
In 2019, Lopez was seen in the crime-comedy film “Hustlers,” directed by Lorene Scafaria. The film, which also starred Lili Reinhart (L), Keke Palmer (2nd from R) and Constance Wu (R), topped the box office with $13 million gross earnings on the first day of its release. Not only it did give Lopez her career’s best opening but also won her nominations at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2020, Lopez will be seen in the romantic comedy “Marry Me,” opposite Owen Wilson.
(Pictured) Wilson and Lopez film a scene in New York City on Nov. 15, 2019.
On Feb. 2, 2020, Lopez and Shakira will perform together at the Super Bowl halftime show at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, U.S. They will not only be sharing the stage for the first time but also they will be the first Latin singers to headline the event. During a press conference on Jan. 30, Lopez said, “I think it’s a very important moment for our community, for the Latino community in this country.”
It’s been 20 years since the release of Jennifer Lopez’s second album,
J.Lo — and she’s celebrating by recreating the music video for “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” The 51-year-old singer took to Instagram on Sunday to honor the milestone.
“Happy 20th Anniversary to my 2nd album J.Lo!!!! Had a little fun at a recent shoot 😎,” Lopez wrote alongside a short recreation of the “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” music video. “#Throwback #LoveDontCostAThing #JLO20thAnniversary #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge @jlobeauty #JLOBeauty.”
The superstar struts down the beach to the catchy song in the clip, tossing off her sunglasses, white coat and jewelry, just as she did in the original music video 20 years earlier.
“As I reflect on the fact that it’s the #JLo20thAnniversary, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for being with me, loving me and supporting me through all the ups and downs,” Lopez wrote in another post. “Thank you so much for all the love over the past 20 years!! I love you so much!! #MyLoveDontCostAThing #SameGirl.”
Lopez, who recently performed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, has been through a lot over the years. During a recent chat with Jay Shetty for the debut episode of
Coach Conversations, the entertainer opened up about learning to love herself.
“I remember when I was going through therapy, in the beginning, kind of in my late 30s, and there was a lot of talk about loving yourself,” she recalled. “And I was like, ‘I love myself.’ But obviously I was doing all these things, like my personal relationships didn’t seem like I was loving myself.”
“I didn’t even understand the concept of it,” she added. “It took time and it’s a journey and it’s still a journey for me.”
As for her goals for the future, Lopez said her mantra for 2021 is “dream on.”
“My dream is that together, this year, we can make a more unified, more loving, more accepting, more understanding world,” she shared. “I always want to inspire, inspire different things in people … and in these times, where all of us can feel lost, I want to give people some hope and some direction.”