Jennifer Lopez (aka JLo) was born and raised in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx, New York. Her mother, Guadalupe, was a school teacher. Her father, David, was a computer technician. She was the middle of three girls. Her younger sister, Linda, is a radio personality and her older sister, Leslie, is a housewife and opera singer.
Jennifer took dancing and singing lessons from the age 5. She attended Catholic school for 12 years and graduated from Preston High School, where she was actively involved in track and tennis.
After graduation, she went to work for a legal office while attending dance classes at night. In 1991 she landed her first big gig as a “Flygirl” on the TV series “In Living Color”, she stayed until 1993. After that she continued to work in television and won some smaller movie roles. In 1997 she landed her first leading role in the movie biopic “Selena”, which garnered her a Golden Globe nomination and an ALMA award.
In 1999 her first album “On the 6” rocketed to the top 10 of the Billboard charts. It was followed by a string of musical and movie hits, Jennifer became a household name and worked round the clock on a wide variety of ventures including a clothing line, her own fragrances, a restaurant in Miami, a jewelry line, an accessory line, and a plethora of other entrepreneurial endeavors.
In 2001 she became the first singer/actress to have a number one album and a number movie in the same week for her movie “The Wedding Planner” and her album “J-Lo”.
Jennifer started dating fellow singer Marc Anthony around January of 2004 (the two had dated back in the 90’s as well) and after a fast courtship; they married on June 5 of the same year. In an effort to keep the prying eyes of the media away, guests had no idea that when they arrived for a party that it was actually Jennifer and Marc’s wedding ceremony taking place. It would be weeks before they would admit to the press that they had tied the knot. The couple remains fiercely private about their personal life.
On February 22, 2008 they welcomed twins Emme and Max. In one of the few interviews where she talks about her family, she shared how much her focus shifted the minute they arrived:
“I knew I’d be protective. I knew I’d love them intensely and passionately enough to stay up for the first three days after giving birth, because I just wanted to keep staring at them. [But] I’ve been very career-oriented my whole life and very focused on my own world and my own life, and all of a sudden the focus just shifts. It’s like, “Whoosh!” I want to do everything for them.”
In September 2010, Jennifer announced that she was joining the hit television show “American Idol” as one of the new judges, alongside Steven Tyler and show veteran Randy Jackson.
Jennifer works with many charities and in 2007 formed the Maribel Foundation, whose aim is to help the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where Jennifer has been a big supporter for many years and was bestowed with the Children’s Humanitarian Award in 2004. She also works with the March of Dimes to spread awareness about the importance of vaccinating for whooping cough.
Jennifer and Marc announced on July 15, 2011 that they had decided to divorce after seven years of marriage.
Marriages: Marc Anthony: 6/5/04 – 7/15/2011 (separation date) Cris Judd: 9/29/01 – 1/26/03 Ojani Noa: 2/22/97 – 1/1/98
Children: Emme Maribel Muñiz 2.22/08, Maximilian “Max” David Muñiz 2/22/08
Ariana 1994 (stepdaughter) Cristian 2/5/01 (stepson) Ryan 8/16/03 (stepson)