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The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Reality Tv / What's Cooking - BY JAY BOBBIN

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.

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