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Jennifer Lopez stars in "American Idol" as one of the judges of the FOX reality competition series.

Actress, singer, producer and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez has sold over 60 million records worldwide and starred in multiple box office No. 1s, including "Monster-In-Law" and "The Wedding Planner." In 2001, "The Wedding Planner" was the nation's top-grossing film, while her album, "J.Lo," was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The two simultaneous No. 1 honors made Lopez the first woman in history
Jennifer Lopez in "Shades of Blue"
Jennifer Lopez Shades of Blue
to have a No. 1 movie and album in the same week.

Lopez recently starred in "What to Expecting When You're Expecting," opposite Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Chace Crawford, and CBS Films' New York-set romantic comedy "The Backup Plan." Prior to taking time off to have children, she had last been seen in the feature films "El Cantante," a drama about the life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe; and "Bordertown" opposite Antonio Banderas—both of which she produced. In December 2010, Lopez will release her latest album, "Love?," on Island/Def Jam Records.

Nuyorican Productions is the Los Angeles-based film, television, and New Media division of Jennifer Lopez Enterprises. Founded by Lopez and her business partner Simon Fields, the production company began as a result of their successful collaboration on the film "Shall We Dance," which grossed over $200 million worldwide.

Presently, Nuyorican has an overall film and television deal at Fox, where the company is developing hour-long dramedy "The Family Arias" with "Ugly Betty" creator Silvio Horta. Nuyorican is also in development on an untitled half-hour comedy with writer Grace Parra at MTV, the one-hour drama "The Fosters" with writers Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg at ABC Family, and "Whateverland," a half-hour comedy based on the book by Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt at ABC Studios. Nuyorican is also about to start production on an a TV adaptation of the hit Scholastic book series "Amigas" at MTV TRES — the network's first hour-long drama series.

In the non-scripted space, Nuyorican's Lopez-starring bilingual Latin-America talent-search show "Q Viva!" recently aired on Fox after breaking ratings records on Univision. The company's hit series "South Beach Tow" premiered its second season on February 15th on TruTV, and crime procedural "Big Easy Justice" began airing in April on Spike. Nuyorican is also in production on the pilot "Code Enforcers" for TruTV. This fall will see the launch of TBE, an entertainment show and digital extension of the Tiger Beat brand platformed via the highly successful youth-skewing AOL/Cambio online community. Nuyorican is producing in conjunction with Believe Entertainment.

In late 2012, Nuyorican will begin production on a big-budget adaptation of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" for Walden Media and Fox, with Lopez starring in the title role. The company is also developing a remake of "Overboard" in conjunction with Sony Pictures, GK Films and Will Smith's Overbrook Pictures.

Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1970 into a loving Puerto Rican family in the Bronx. Although a family-oriented neighborhood, it was also a rough place. Her father, a computer-operations manager, and her mother, a kindergarten teacher, both had a strong work ethic that was a big influence in their three daughter's lives. With family as their top priority, they did their best to shelter their children from the horrors found just a few blocks from their home.

Lopez's mother passed on her love of musicals to her daughters, and the girls would create productions of their own in the family's living room. Jennifer took singing and dancing lessons from age five, and at the age of seven, young Jennifer went on her first tour — around New York City with her dance class! She knew then that she wanted to be a performer and set her heart on a dancing career.

During high school, Lopez played softball, tennis and also did gymnastics. After graduating in 1987 she attended City University of New York's Baruch College, worked in a law office, and continued her dance classes at night. But her first love was still dance, and when she read about a scholarship to a dance school in Manhattan, she went down and seized the opportunity.

A year and a half later Lopez landed a role dancing as one of "The Fly Girls" on "In Living Color." A series of small acting roles followed, and in 1995 she made her feature debut in the highly acclaimed "Mi Familia," which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as the young mother Maria Sanchez. Also that year she appeared in "Money Train" with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, and 1996's "Jack," directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Robin Williams.

However, Lopez's big break came in 1997, when she was chosen to play the title role in "Selena," a biopic of the Tejano pop singer Selena Quintillana Perez, who was killed by a crazed fan in 1995. Lopez earned widespread praise for her performance, including a Golden Globe nomination, and became the highest-paid Latina actress ever. She had officially arrived, and People magazine named her one of the year's "50 Most Beautiful People." In 2002, Lopez was awarded ShoWest Female Star of the Year, and in 2006, Lopez received the Women in Film: Crystal Award. Additionally, the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group in the nation, named her Entertainer of the Year at the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards.

Lopez's musical career also began to take off, as she released her debut Latin pop album, "On the 6" in June 1999. Fueled by the success of her hit single, "If You Had My Love," it went platinum within two weeks, making her one of the most influential examples of the growing Latin cultural influence in pop music. In early 2000, she was nominated for Best Dance Performance for her second hit single "Waiting for Tonight." On the big screen that year she starred in the science fiction-thriller "The Cell," and gave a powerful performance in Michael Apted's "Enough," a portrayal of spousal abuse.

In early 2001, Lopez's popularity reached new heights when her album "J. Lo" debuted at #1 on the pop charts, while her film, the romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner," shot to the top spot at the box office in its first week of release. In 2002, she performed another one-two punch with the release of the record "This Is Me ... Then" and starred in the hit comedy "Maid in Manhattan."

Her other film credits include Lasse Hallström's "An Unfinished Life" with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman; "Shall We Dance?" with Richard Gere; Oliver Stone's "U-Turn," co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Stanley Tucci, Bob Hoskins and Natasha Richardson; "Blood and Wine" opposite Jack Nicholson; Luis Mandoki's "Angel Eyes"; Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight" with George Clooney; and "Anaconda" with Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz and Ice Cube.

Lopez partnered with Coty and produced 18 successful fragrances over the past 10 years and was awarded with the ACE Fashion Icon of the Year award in 2006 for her contribution to accessories and the fashion industry.

Lopez continues to demonstrate a commitment to making a difference through her various philanthropic endeavors. Her passion for making this world better is highlighted through her work with children via The Maribel Foundation, a not-for-profit she started with her sister, Lynda. The Maribel Foundation's mission is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children and raising the level of medical care available to them. The foundation is currently working with Children's Hospital Los Angeles on a telemedicine program that will help underserved communities around the world to be treated by top doctors.

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Age: 47 years old
Birthday: July 24, 1969
Height: 5' 4 ½"
Nickname: J. Lo
La Lopez
Jenny From The Block
Full Name / Real Name: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Birthplace: The Bronx, NY
Husband: Marc Anthony (6/5/2004, filed for divorce, 2 children)
Cris Judd (9/29/2001 - 1/26/2003, divorced)
Ojani Noa (2/22/1997 - 1/1/1998, divorced)

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