With talents in singing and dancing, Lopez started to perform in stage musicals, dancing in a European tour of Golden Musicals of Broadway, a Japanese tour of Synchronicity and local productions of Oklahoma and Jesus Christ Superstar.
The young girl from the Bronx would finally become more recognized when she was cast as one of the “Fly Girl” dancers on Fox’s In Living Color. What Lopez was really itching to do was act, but she stuck around on In Living Color for a short while, following producer Keenan Ivory Wayans’ advice. Jim Carrey was not the only star in the making on In Living Color; Ms. Lopez was yet to arrive on the scene.
Lopez’ “Fly Girl” role led to more roles on the small screen. She landed a recurring role on Fox’s short-lived series South Central after one of her Color co-workers referred her to her South Central writer and producer husband.
Although the show did not last very long, Lopez was seen on television again, this time as “Melinda Lopez”, in the made-for-TV movie, Second Chances. Her portrayal of the part was so impressive, that big league producer Aaron Spelling wanted to continue the role on another one of his series’, Malibu Shores. After appearing in a mere few episodes, Lopez refused to develop the deal further, with the hopes of taking her talents to the silver screen.
One more made-for-TV role can be seen on Jennifer’s resume; Rosie the nurse, in the 1993 movie Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7. Her role in the 1995 film Mi Familia, about the lives of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles, from the 1930’s to today, was the role which showed filmmakers that this Latin beauty was serious about acting.
One year later, Lopez co-starred with Robin Williams in the box office disaster Jack, beating out Ashley Judd for the role. In her next film role, riding the Money Train with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, she was the only one to receive positive reviews in a film that may have well tipped off the tracks.
Having already worked with Lopez in the critically acclaimed Mi Familia, Gregory Nava asked Lopez to audition for his 1997 biopic on the slain Tejano singer, Selena. After an intense auditioning process, Lopez won the role which was to make her a star.
That same year, Lopez’ boyfriend, Ojani Noa publicly proposed marriage to Lopez at the wrap party for Selena. Their marriage lasted only one year.
Meanwhile, 1997 marked a full year for Lopez, with film roles in U Turn, Anaconda and Blood and Wine. The following year, she co-starred with George Clooney in Out of Sight, playing a US marshall. This was the role that made Lopez an A-list actress, who had beat out other A-list actresses for the role in the process. Her next project was as an animated ant in the DreamWorks feature Antz, also with Sharon Stone.
Not only is Lopez the only Latin actress in history to demand a $1 million salary, she has also released an album entitled On the 6, which went platinum and has already spawned such hits as If You Had My Love (lyrics), and “Waiting for Tonight”.
Lopez has received many awards including: Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Best Actress in Anaconda (1997), Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Selena, as well as an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Actress for Selena. In 1999, she won the VH1/Vogue Fashion Award for Most Fashionable Female Artist. She also recently received a Latin Grammy nomination for a duet she did with Marc Anthony.
Lopez released her second album, Let’s Get Loud, in 2000 but it was never distributed in the United States. The album included a song written for Lopez by the internationally famous Cuban singer and songwriter, Gloria Estefan. Lopez followed up with the much-heralded and commercially successful album, J Lo in 2001.
Often the subject of media tabloid stories and jokes, Jennifer was known for her romantic relationship with Sean “Puffy” Combs, now ended, and her taste for revealing clothes. She remarried on 29 September, 2001, this time to choreographer Chris Judd.
J to Tha L-O!: The Remixes (2002)
This Is Me... Then (2002)
Let's Get Loud (2000)
On the 6 (1999)