American singer/songwriter, artist, actress, and businesswoman.
Born: 24 July 1969 in New York City, New York, USA.
Popularly known by her nickname, J.Lo, Lopez is a major recording artist and actress, along with business activities. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on show "In Living Color", where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 "Selena" biopic of the same name, Lopez became the first latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film.
She went on to star in Anaconda (1997), and Out of Sight (1998), later establishing herself as the highest-paid latin actress in Hollywood. Lopez ventured into the music industry with her debut studio album "Jennifer Lopez - On The 6" (1999), which helped propel the latin pop movement in American music. With the simultaneous release of her second studio album "Jennifer Lopez - J.Lo" (2001) and her romantic comedy The Wedding Planner (2001), Lopez became the first woman to have a #1 album and film in the same week.
Her remix album "J.Lo* - J To Tha L-O! (The Remixes)" (2002), became the first in history to debut top of the US Billboard 200. Later that year, she released her third studio album "Jennifer Lopez - This Is Me ... Then" (2002), and starred in the US box office number-one Maid In Manhattan (2002). After starring in Gigli (2003), a critical and commercial failure, Lopez subsequently starred in the successful romantic comedies Shall We Dance? (2004), and Monster-in-Law (2005).
Her fifth studio album, "Jennifer Lopez - Como Ama Una Mujer" (2007), received the highest first-week sales for a debut Spanish language album in the US. Following an unsuccessful period, she returned to prominence in 2011 with her appearance as a judge on American Idol talent contest, and released her seventh studio album "JLO* - Love?" (2011). Three years later, she went on to release album "JLO* - A.K.A." (2014), before taking a break from releasing albums.
In the meantime, from 2016 to 2018 she starred in the crime drama series Shades Of Blue, and performed a residency show titled "Jennifer Lopez: All I Have" at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Since 2017, she has produced and served as a judge on the World Of Dance talent show, and the following year she garnered critical acclaim for her performance as a stripper in the crime drama Hustlers (2019).
With a cumulative film gross of US$3.1b and estimated global sales of 70m records, Lopez is regarded as the most influential latin entertainer in the US. In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity in the world, as well as the 38th most powerful woman in the world, and Time magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include: "Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love" (1999), "J.Lo* - I'm Real" (2000), "J.Lo* - Ain't It Funny" (2001), "Jennifer Lopez Featuring LL Cool J - All I Have" (2003), and "JLO* Feat. Pitbull - On The Floor" (2011) – the lattermost of which is one of the best-selling singles of all time. For her contributions to the recording industry, Lopez has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award, and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, among other honours. Her other ventures include clothing lines, fragrances, the production company Nuyorican Productions, and the nonprofit business Lopez Family Foundation.