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Jen­nifer Lynn Muñiz (née Lopez; born July 24, 1969) is an Amer­i­can enter­tain­er, busi­ness­woman, phil­an­thropist and pro­duc­er. She became inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing a career in the enter­tain­ment indus­try fol­low­ing a minor role in the 1986 film My Lit­tle Girl, to the dis­may of her Puer­to Rican par­ents, who believed that it was an unre­al­is­tic career route for a His­pan­ic. Lopez gained her first reg­u­lar high-pro­file job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Liv­ing Col­or in 1991, where she remained a reg­u­lar until she decid­ed to pur­sue an act­ing career in 1993. She received her first lead­ing role in the Sele­na biopic of the same name in 1997. Lopez became the first Lati­na actress to earn over $1 mil­lion for a role the fol­low­ing year, with the film Out of Sight. She ven­tured into the music indus­try in 1999 with her debut stu­dio album, On the 6, join­ing a select few in suc­cess­ful­ly con­vert­ing from a film to a music career.

With the simul­ta­ne­ous release of her sec­ond stu­dio album J.Lo and her film The Wed­ding Plan­ner in 2001, Lopez became the first per­son to have a num­ber one album and film in the same week. Her 2002 remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remix­es, was the first in his­to­ry to debut at num­ber one on the US Bill­board 200, while her fifth stu­dio album, Como Ama una Mujer (2007), received the high­est first-week sales for a Span­ish album in the Unit­ed States. Lopez has estab­lished her­self as a promi­nent fig­ure in both the film and music indus­try, in a career span­ning four decades. With records sales of 75 mil­lion and a cumu­la­tive film gross of over $2 bil­lion, Lopez is regard­ed as the most influ­en­tial His­pan­ic per­former in the Unit­ed States, as well as the high­est-paid Latin actress.  Her rags to rich­es sto­ry is con­sid­ered a rar­i­ty, hav­ing inno­vat­ed Latin influ­ence in the enter­tain­ment com­mu­ni­ty which it lacked for decades.

Lopez’s pub­lic image and per­son­al rela­tion­ships have attract­ed world­wide media atten­tion. Lopez’s first high pro­file rela­tion­ship was with media mogul Sean Combs, who accom­pa­nied her to the 2000 Gram­my Awards where she wore the infa­mous Green Ver­sace dress. She became roman­ti­cal­ly involved with actor Ben Affleck, who would lat­er become the muse of her third stu­dio album This Is Me… Then (2002), while still mar­ried to her sec­ond hus­band Cris Judd. Lopez wed long-time friend Marc Antho­ny in 2004 and gave birth to their twins, Emme and Max­i­m­il­ian, in Feb­ru­ary 2008. The enter­tain­er has used her posi­tion as a glob­al icon of pop cul­ture to begin her own empire, con­sist­ing of var­i­ous cloth­ing lines, acces­sories, fra­grances, a pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny, tele­vi­sion shows and a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion among oth­er activ­i­ties. As of 2012, Lopez has an esti­mat­ed net worth of $250 mil­lion.

 

 

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