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Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of the South Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez (aka Lynda Lopez), a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer always dreamed of being a multi-tasking superstar. Jennifer's parents, Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez, were both born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the second largest Puerto Rican city. The two were then brought to the continental United States during their childhoods and, eventually, met while living in New York City.As a child, Jennifer enjoyed a variety of musical genres, mainly Afro-Caribbean rhythms like salsa, merengue and bachata, and mainstream music like pop, hip-hop and R&B. Although she loved music, the film industry also intrigued her. Her biggest influence was the Rita Moreno musical, West Side Story. At age five, Jennifer began taking singing and dancing lessons. Aside from being a budding entertainer, Jennifer was also a Catholic schoolgirl, attending eight years at an all-girls catholic high school named "Holy Family", located in the Bronx, before graduating from Preston High School after a four-year stay. At school, Jennifer was an amazing athlete and participated in track and field and tennis. At age eighteen, Lopez moved out of her parent's home. During this time, Lopez worked at a law firm while she took dancing jobs at night.After high school, she briefly worked in a law office. During this time, she continued dance classes at night. At 18, she left home because her mother was scared by her decision to pursue show business. Her big break came when she was offered a job as a fly girl on Fox's hit comedy, In Living Color. After a two-year stay at In Living Color where actress Rosie Perez served as choreographer, Lopez then went on to dance for famed singer-actress Janet Jackson. Her first major film was Gregory Nava's My Family, and her career went into over-drive when she portrayed slain Tejana singer Selena Quintanilla Perez in Selena.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Marc Anthony Splits with Wife

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Splits with Wife

Marc Anthony is separating from his wife of 2 years ... and the news comes hours after he and Jennifer Lopez shared a very public kiss. Marc and Shannon De Lima reportedly broke up sometime… READ MORE >

J Lo and Marc Anthony -- A Kiss is Not Always Just a Kiss (VIDEO + UPDATE)

J Lo and Marc Anthony
A Kiss is Not Always Just a Kiss (UPDATE)

8:00 AM PT -- Sources connected with the exes -- who were there last night -- tell us "the kiss" was peer pressure fueled. We're told Marc and Jennifer only did it because the crowd was chanting… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
J Lo -- I'm Your Inspiration and Your Worst Nightmare (PHOTO)

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I'm Your Inspiration and Your Worst Nightmare

J Lo is living proof ... when you take care of yourself you look better. She's also living proof that you'll never look as good as this at 47. Ms. Lopez posted this pic with the hashtag… READ MORE >

- 33 days ago
Hillary Clinton -- When They Go Low, I Go JLO (VIDEO)

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When They Go Low ... I Go JLo

Jennifer Lopez has done her research, and the verdict is in ... JLO's with her. Lopez brought Hillary Clinton on stage in Miami Saturday night, with a rousing endorsement.  Hillary took a… READ MORE >

- 38 days ago
Jennifer Lopez -- Something Old, Something New? (VIDEO)

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Something Old, Something New?

Jennifer Lopez is a smart, savvy celeb who knows exactly what she's doing ... so there's gotta be something to the fact that she made a surprise appearance during her ex-husband's concert just… READ MORE >

- 101 days ago
JLO -- Bustin' Out in NYC (PHOTO)

JLo
Bustin' Out in NYC

Jennifer Lopez still has affection for ex-BF Casper Smart, but she's sure making him feel bad. JLo was out and about in NYC Friday, just after posting this "Protect your heart."  And she… READ MORE >

- 102 days ago
UFC's Bruce Buffer -- Hey J Lo, Give Casper a Break ... It Was a GREAT Fight! (VIDEO)

UFC's Bruce Buffer
Hey J Lo, Give Casper a Break ... It Was a GREAT Fight!

UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer is going to bat for his boy, Casper Smart -- asking Jennifer Lopez to give him a pass for blowing off a NY fundraiser to be Octagon-side at UFC 202.  READ MORE >

- 102 days ago
Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart -- Talking Again ... So, You're Telling Me There's a Chance (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart
Talking Again ... So, You're Telling Me There's a Chance

Casper Smart and Jennifer Lopez are talking again and on friendly terms ... the only difference is J Lo broke up with him and he's in denial. Casper flew to NYC to be with Lopez,… READ MORE >

- 103 days ago
J Lo/Casper Breakup -- And You Thought UFC 202 Was a Big Fight ...

J Lo/Casper Breakup
And You Thought UFC 202 Was a Big Fight ...

Jennifer Lopez broke up with Casper Smart because he snubbed her by passing on a fancy Hamptons charity event in favor of hanging with his boyz at UFC 202 ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected… READ MORE >

- 104 days ago
Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart -- It's Over

Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart
It's Over

Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart are donzo ... TMZ has confirmed. We're told J Lo pulled the plug on the relationship. Sources close to Casper are saying the breakup didn't happen, but our Lopez… READ MORE >

- 104 days ago

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