Intimate Portrait

Season 8 Episode 27

Jennifer Lopez (J Lo)

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Aired Monday 7:00 PM Dec 09, 2002 on Lifetime
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Jennifer Lopez (J Lo)
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Jennifer Lopez: Do-It-All Diva Jennifer Lynn Lopez, aka J.Lo, was born into a loving Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, New York. Her mother, a kindergarten teacher, passed on her love of musicals to her three daughters, who used to create productions of their own. The performing bug hit the middle Lopez daughter hard, so much so that the young J.Lo left Baruch College during her first year to pursue her passion full-time. It didn't take long for her auditioning to prove fruitful. In 1990, Lopez earned a spot as a Fly Girl, a dancer on the hit sketch comedy show "In Living Color." She packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles. After two years as a Fly Girl, Lopez yearned for more. She left the show and became a backup dancer for Janet Jackson. She also scored minor roles in TV pilots. But her big break came in 1995, with a role in the movie "Mi Familia," which was about an immigrant Mexican family. Lopez's well-received performance led to steady acting work. The novice then snagged the much-coveted role of slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla in the film "Selena." It was a hit that earned Lopez praise and a Golden Globe Award nomination. She had officially arrived. In February 1995, Lopez married boyfriend Ojani Noa, but the go-getter's hectic modeling and acting schedule contributed to the couple's breakup after only eight months. Lopez recovered by focusing on her other big dream: a career as a singer. Her first album, "On the 6," was released on June 9, 1999. It went triple platinum, produced a number one hit and garnered a Grammy Award nomination. On a roll, Lopez continued singing and returned not only to acting but to the altar. After her relationship with Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, fizzled, she married dancer Chris Judd in September 2001. Four months later, in January 2002, Lopez achieved the unthinkable: a simultaneous number one album ("J.Lo" ) and number one film ("The Wedding Planner"). The megastar used her unstoppable fame to launch her own clothing line, fragrance and restaurant. Unfortunately, her union with Judd wasn't as strong as her career. The two parted ways after a mere seven months. But Lopez didn't have to wait long for love to come along again. She soon began dating her friend actor Ben Affleck, whom she met while they were shooting the film "Gigli." The tabloid-material twosome became inseparable, and they paired up for another movie, "Jersey Girl," as well as for a more permanent union. They announced their engagement in October 2002.moreless

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