Latina entertainer, actress and business woman Jennifer Lynn Lopez AKA JLo was born on this day (July 24) in the Bronx New York to Puerto-Rican parents Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez. She went from doing bit parts in Broadway musicals to dancing back up for the Backstreet Boys, the show In Living Color and Janet Jackson. Her breakout role was as Selena the tejano star who was shot by an obsessed fan. For her role in Selena Lopez garnered multiple awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe Award nomination for “Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy”. She’s starred in several romantic comedies including Maid In Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, The Back up Plan and Monster-In-Law. Lopez was the first Latina to be paid over a million dollars for a movie role
Her first album On The 6 was released on June 1 1999 and included hits like “Waiting For tonight”. “If You Had MY Love” and “Let’s Get Loud”. To date she’s released seven.
Lopez who was named Style Icon of the 2000-2010 decade by US weekly, has been making headlines for her curves and the garments that she squeezes them in, most notably the Green Versace Jungle dress she wore to the 42nd GRAMMY’s in 2000
Today Lopez is head of her own fashion empire which includes jewelry, accessories and perfume. The Forbes ranked most powerful celebrity for 2011 is a producer and worked with ex husband Marc Anthony (with whom she has a son and daughter) on “Q’Viva”- a talent reality series for Telemundo and Fox.
Speaking of ex’s she was linked to famous men including Sean Combs and Ben Afleck. She’s married three time and is now dating her background dancer (who is half her age) Casper Smart. The two were spotted having luch on JLo’s special day.
Currently JLo is promoting her upcoming album and now that she is now longer a judge on American Idol can continue her worldwide tour with Enrique Iglesias.
Tomorrow (July 25) at 7:50 p.m. ET she will be featured in an exclusive 30-minute interview on MTV. She shares that her 2012 single “Dance Again” was inspired by the end of her marriage:
“Even in this Dance Again…the Hits and the single ‘Dance Again’ was very much how I was feeling at that moment. It was a song that Enrique [Iglesias] wrote for himself and the chorus to me, ‘I want to dance and love and dance again,’ at that time in my life when I had just gone through a breakup of a family, not just a relationship, it was [me asking]: To dance again? Or to love again? Or to do anything again felt like ‘wow.’
“But that’s what I wanted,” she added. “I wanted to do that. And so that song, I begged Enrique, ‘You have to let me change a couple of words in the verses to make it my own,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s your song.’ I went and I did it. When you see the reaction from the crowd when I perform it, it’s like, it’s mind-blowing.”
Maraiah Carey is JLo’s replacement on American idol. For real, for real.
While it was previously rumored, Mariah Carey has OFFICIALLY signed on to judge American Idol!!! She is expected to be making anywhere from $12 million to $17 million for the show’s twelfth season. Past female judges include Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres. The panel will be completed once Steven Tyler’s replacement is found.