Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Jennifer Lopez- The Sensational Actress Cum Singer Diva

Jennifer Lopez was born on July 24, 1969 and grew up in the South Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe Rodríguez, a kindergarten teacher, and David Lopez, a computer specialist. She has two sisters, Lynda and Leslie. She attended the all girls Preston High School, in the Bronx. She has a Catholic background.

A brief stint at the Baruch College followed but she soon found her bearings and love for dance which overtook everything else. She left the college after one semester and started dividing her time between working in a legal office, dance classes, and dance performances in Manhattan night clubs.

Her initial days were full of struggle. Jennifer Lopez had to perform as a backdrop dancer for several dance shows and music videos including a 1990 episode of Yo! MTV Raps, the New Kids on the Block music video, “Fly Girl” dancer In Living Color in 1990, for Janet Jackson in her 1993 video “That’s the Way Love Goes”.

The actress started her movie stint with appearance in several made for TV movies like Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 and programs such as South Central, Second Chances, and Hotel Malibu. But her 70 mm experience came in the year 1995 with drama movie My Family followed closely by action film Money Train opposite Wesley Snipes.

Jennifer Lopez went on to win rave reviews and nominations for her next performance in movie Selena. In fact she was nominated for “Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” at the 1998 Golden Globes Awards. More movies followed like Out of Sight, The Cell, An Unfinished Life, and Shall We Dance? earning her critical acclaim.

A string of some more moderately successful or not so successful movies later including The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, Enough and Gigli, Lopez collaborated on the feature film, El Cantante, with her husband singer-actor Marc Anthony in 2007.

Jennifer Lopez also ventured into production with two very successful independent movies, El Cantante and Bordertown. Later she also produced reality show for the MTV by the name of, Dance Life about the lives of six aspiring dancers. She is the executive producer of a miniseries in Univisión named after her CD “Como Ama Una Mujer”(2007).

Her foray into music happened with her debut album in 1999 which was a smash hit. She had taken out since then three more studio albums, J. Lo (2001), This Is Me… Then
(2002), Rebirth (2005) with hit singles like “Waiting for Tonight”, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “Get Right”. Besides this, she even took out one remix album and a Spanish album. She has also earned various music awards too.


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