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Jennifer Lopez

Actor / Singer

Born: 24 July 1969
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as: The star of Selena and Maid in Manhattan
Jennifer Lopez was a dancer (or "fly girl") on TV's comedy sketch show In Living Color before landing the title role in a 1997 biopic of the singer Selena. Appearances in the films Blood and Wine (with Jack Nicholson, 1997) and Out of Sight (with George Clooney, 1998) made her a bona fide movie star and the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood. In 2000 she appeared in a famously skimpy peacock-colored dress at the music industry's Grammy Awards, and began a much-discussed romance with rapper P. Diddy (aka Sean "Puffy" Combs). Lopez also launched a music career, and her albums include On the Six (1999), J.Lo (2001), Brave (2007) and Como Ama una Mujer (2007). Her engagement to actor Ben Affleck in 2002 resulted in the of-the-moment combined moniker "Bennifer." The pair never married, and ended their relationship in January 2004. A few months later, on 5 June 2004, Lopez married singer Marc Anthony; after seven years of marriage, they announced a split in July of 2011. Her movies include Anaconda (1997, with Ice Cube); the animated feature Antz (1998, with the voice of Woody Allen); The Wedding Planner (2001, with Matthew McConaughey); Angel Eyes (2001, co-starring Jim Caviezel); Maid in Manhattan (2002); Gigli (2003, co-starring Affleck); Shall We Dance (2004); Monster-in-Law (2005, with Jane Fonda); and the oops-I'm-having-a-baby flick The Back-up Plan (2010). She joined the panel of American Idol as a judge in 2010, with a reported deal of $12 million.
Extra credit: Lopez and Anthony had twins, a boy named Max and a girl named Emme, on 22 February 2008... Lopez's popular nickname is "J.Lo"... Her marriage to Anthony is her third: she was previously married to waiter Ojani Noa (1997-98) and dancer Cris Judd (2001-02)... Some sources give her birth year as 1970, but a 2001 criminal trial for Sean Combs included a police report giving her birth year as 1969.

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