Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1969, in The Bronx, N.Y. and is the middle of three sisters.
After working regionally and overseas in stage shows, Lopez became a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block, and then a Fly Girl on TV’s “In Living Color.” She also was a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, then moved into acting with such projects as the CBS series “Second Chances” and the movies “Money Train” and “Blood and Wine.”
Lopez’s stardom was confirmed by her title performance in the 1997 film “Selena,” earning her a record paycheck for a Hispanic actress. Her other movies around that time included “Anaconda,” “U Turn” and the critically acclaimed “Out of Sight.”
In 1999, Lopez’s music career took off with the single “If You Had My Love,” and its album “On the 6” (also featuring “Waiting for Tonight”). In its aftermath, Lopez’s nickname “J. Lo” started to be used more commonly.
The start of the millennium saw Lopez continue strongly in movies (“The Wedding Planner,” “Enough,” “Maid in Manhattan”) and music (“Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “I’m Real,” “Jenny From the Block”). However, she hit a snag with the muchpanned film “Gigli,” also starring then-boyfriend Ben Affleck.
As the 2010s began, she switched record labels (from Epic to Island) and started a two-season run as an “American Idol” judge.
An executive producer of ABC Family/Freeform’s “The Fosters” (and its current spinoff, “Good Trouble”), Lopez starred for three seasons in the NBC police drama “Shades of Blue.” Her competition series “World of Dance” currently is in its third NBC season.
Formerly involved with rapper-producer Sean Combs and singer Marc Anthony – the latter of whom she married and has twin children with – Lopez is engaged to ex-baseball player Alex Rodriguez.