Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24 1969) popularly nicknamed J.Lo is an American actor singer record producer dancer fashion designer and television producer. She is the richest person of Latin American descent in Hollywood according to Forbes and the most influential Hispanic entertainer in the U.S. according to People en Español's list of "100 Most Influential Hispanics". Jennifer Lopez was born and grew up in the South Bronx New York to Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe Rodrígueza kindergarten teacher and David Lopeza computer specialist. She has two siblings Lynda and Leslie. Lopez spent her entire academic career in Catholic schools finishing at the all-girls Preston High School in the Bronx. She financed singing and dancing lessons for herself from the age of 19.
'On the 6' Lopez's debut album 'On the 6' a reference to the 6 subway line she used to take growing up in Castle Hill was released on June 11999and reached the top ten of the Billboard 200. The album featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one lead single "If You Had My Love".
Lopez's second album J. Lo was released on January 23 2001 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. When her film The Wedding Planner achieved number one shortly after Lopez become the first actress-singer to have a film and an album at number one in the same week. The lead single "Love Don't Cost a Thing" was her first number-one single in the United Kingdom and took her into the top five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Lopez played the lead role in the 1997 film Selena for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy" in 1998. She became the first Hispanic actress to get paid $1 million or more for a film role.
She followed it up with "Play" which gave her another top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number three in the UK. Her next two singles were "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny" which were quickly rising up the charts. To capitalize on this Lopez asked The Inc. Records (then known as Murder Inc.) to remix both songs which featured rap artists Ja Rule (on both) and Caddillac Tah (on the "Ain't It Funny" remix). Both remixes reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks. She re-released J. Lo on her thirty-second birthday with the remix of "I'm Real" as a bonus track. Also"Is Ya Se Acabó" was released in Spain due to the success "Que Ironia".
After a year away from the music scene Lopez released her fourth studio album Rebirth on March 1 2005. Although debuting and peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 the album quickly fell off the charts. It spawned the hit "Get Right" which reached the top fifteen in the U.S. and became her second Platinum hit (after "If You Had My Love"). "Get Right" was also successful in the UK becoming her second number-one single there.
The second single "Hold You Down" which featured Fat Joe reached number sixty-four on the U.S. Hot 100 it peaked at number six in the UK and ascended to the top twenty in Australia. Another song "Cherry Pie" was slated for a release in late 2005 but the plans to make a video were canceled as the album sales were definitely too weak and the promotion budget exceeded. It was released to radio stations in Spain. Rebirth was certified Platinum in the U.S. By the RIAA.
Lopez was then featured on LL Cool J's single "Control Myself" which was released on February 1 2006. It reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was Lopez's first U.S. Top ten hit in three years.
"Do It Well" was released as the lead single and reached the top 20 in many countries. Lopez has sold over 48 million albums worldwide. Lopez made the 2007 Forbes magazine's list of The 20 Richest Women In Entertainment ranking ninth. Her wealth is estimated to be $110 million.
"Hold It Don't Drop It" was released as the second single in only in some countries from Europe. Starting in 1999 Lopez released seven albums including two number one albums on the Billboard 200 charts and four Billboard Hot 100 number one singles. She won the 2003 American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and the 2007 American Music Award for Favorite Latin Artist. She has appeared in numerous films and has won ALMA Awards for outstanding actress for her work in Selena Out of Sight and Angel Eyes. She parlayed her media fame into a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement.
Lopez is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood history though she's never had a film grossing over $100 million in the U.S. Lopez appeared in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the most powerful actress. She was on the The Hollywood Reporter's list of the top ten actress salaries in 2002 2003 and 2004. She received $15,000,000 for her role in 'Monster-in-Law'. Her top-grossing film domestically is 'Maid in Manhattan' which grossed $94,011,225 and her most successful international film 'Shall We Dance?' grossed $112,238,000 at the international box office. Domestically 'Shall We Dance?' grossed $57,890,460 and a total of $170,128,460 worldwide.
The second single released is called "Me Haces Falta" and the third is "Por Arriesgarnos". Lopez won an American Music Award as the Favorite Latin Artist in 2007. Como Ama una Mujer holds the record for the best opening week Internet sales for a Spanish album. With Como Ama Una Mujer Jennifer Lopez is one of the few performers to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with a Spanish album.[wikipedia]