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Name: Jennifer Lopez
Geboren am: 24. Juli 1970
Geburtsort: Bronx, N.Y., USA
Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1970 to Guadalupe
Rodriguez Lopez, a kindergarten teacher and David Lopez, a computer operations
specialist in The Bronx. Her
parents came to New York from Ponce,Puerto Rico.
She is the middle of three sisters.
Lynda (who is the youngest) is now a DJ for WKTU in New York (Lynda Lopez
from 10 PM-2 AM) and can sometimes be seen hosting on VH-1.
Older sister Leslie also resides in New York and is a music teacher.
She is married and had her first child in the fall of 1999.
Guadalupe kept her young daughters off the streets by encouraging them to
put on little shows in the family's living room.
This helped Jennifer realize at an early age that she enjoyed performing,
and at the age of 5, she began taking dance classes. At the age of 7, young Jennifer went on her first tour -
around New York City with her dance class.
the age of 16 Jennifer got a little break with a bit part in the film "My
Little Girl" (starring Mary Stuart Masterson).
Leslie also pursued acting, appearing
in the 1987 film "The Rosary Murders."
After graduating from Preston High
School in 1987 (where she ran track) she attended one
semester at Baruch College in New York City.
But Jennifer's first love was
still dance, and when she read about a scholarship to a dance school in
Manhattan, she went down and grabbed the opportunity. At this time she was taking a full time course load at
Baruch, working in a law office and taking her dance classes.
Eventually this would lead to a falling out with her mother, who didn't
want Jennifer to pursue dance as a career.
When her mother gave her the ever popular "you live by my rules as
long as you live under my roof" speech Jennifer took that as her cue to
break out on her own. Not having
anywhere else to live, she took up residence in the building where she took her
dance classes. A year and a half of
auditioning with no success brought Jennifer to the verge of a breakdown. But salvation would come in the form of a tour that sent her
dancing across Japan. Before
this, she had auditioned to be a "Fly Girl"
an extensive nationwide search, Jennifer was chosen to play Selena Quintanilla
Perez, in the official biopic of the life of the fallen Tejano star.
Taking part in the production of "Selena" would impact
Jennifer's life in many ways. On
the personal side, Jennifer's fiancÚ, Ojani Noa, proposed to her at the wrap
party for Selena. The couple had
met in Miami while Jennifer was filming "Blood And Wine" with Jack
Nicholson. Ojani, a Cuban immigrant,
news of the divorce made headlines, the gossip papers
quickly had her romantically linked to the likes of rap impresario Sean
"Puffy" Combs, Sony Music President Tommy Mottola and Salsa singer
Marc Anthony. Jennifer
herself remains tightlipped - and
rightfully so - on the subject of her personal life (although she
has recently admitted that she is in fact having a relationship with
Puffy). Back on the professional
level, her role as Karen Sisco in 1998's "Out Of Sight", opposite
George Clooney, has brought her
With her singing, dancing and acting talents combined with a feisty personality and undeniable good looks, Jennifer Lopez is the ultimate performer to keep your eye on for the millennium.