Jennifer López – Before She Was Famous
Before They Were Famous
Before Jennifer Lopez turned a vibrant dancing career into hollywood fame and transformed again into an international singing sensation.
Before JLO wed three times including her time with Marc Anthony and dated many other a Hollywood celeb including Ben Affleck and P. Diddy
Before she would be known for poor dating decisions resulting in sex tape scandal as recent of 2016…
Jennifer Lopez has had a lengthily career and built an empire from her poor Bronx upbringing where she lived as a child. After her parents did not support her dreams she moved out on her own and got her start as a back up dancer before making one of her first big breaks as a famous fly girl on the 90’s show In Living Color.
That wasn’t enough for the spicy Puerto Rican girl we’ve all come to know and love. Through many trials and tribulations, bad critic reviews and some very publicized poor dating choices, J.Lo has made herself a household name and come out on top and is only getting more and more beautiful as time goes on.
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1969, In the Bronx’ Castle Hill neighbourhood to parents Guadalupe and David Lopez. Her parents who are both of Puerto Rican decent raised the three girls in a very modest upbringing. Her mother was a teacher and father a computer specialist. Jennifer has two sisters, Lynda and and Leslie.
At the age of five, Lopez began taking singing and dancing lessons. She toured New York with her school when she was seven years old. Her parents stressed the importance of work ethic and being able to speak English. They encouraged their three daughters to put on performances at home; singing and dancing in front of each other and their friends so that they would stay out of trouble.
Raised in the catholic school system, Lopez did gymnastics, ran track on a national level and was a member of the school’s softball team.
But a young Jennifer fell in love with the idea of being “famous” after trying her luck in a small film during her final year of high school.
She auditioned and was cast in a small role in the feature film My Little Girl from 1986, which was a low-budget film co-written and directed by Connie Kaiserman.
After graduating from high school, Lopez enrolled at Baruch College in Manhattan and also worked in a legal office to fund her dance and singing progression.
Her college life only lasted one term before she dropped out to concentrate on her career dream and she began auditioning for dance roles.
Lopez was selected as a backup dancer for the New Kids on the Block in 1991 and performed with them during their performance of Games at the 18th annual American Music Awards.
Shortly after, Lopez gained her first regular high profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on the television program In Living Color. She applied for the job after one of the cast members was unavailable to continue with the show. Out of 2,000 applicants, Lopez was the runner-up, but eventually received the role when the winner was unable to accept the job. All of a sudden she was rubbing shoulders with the Wayans brothers and Jim Carrey.
She moved with first boyfriend David Cruz to Los Angeles to film the series and remained a regular cast member until 1993 when she decided to pursue a full-time acting career.
Prior to leaving the show, Lopez briefly worked as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson. And she was even set to tour with Jackson on her Janet World Tour in late 1993, but backed out as she wanted to do her own thing.
Her first screen role was in the made for TV movie Nurses On The Line The Crash of Flight 7 followed by a first-time film role in the drama My Family in 1995.
Next up was Money Train filmed that same year and then she starred alongside Robin Williams in Francis Ford Coppola’s comedy drama Jack in 1996 propelled Lopez further up the A list ladder. That film was basically the PG version of The 40 year old virgin and Billy Madison mixed into one film.
1997 was to be a big year for Lopez both personally and professionally. Firstly came a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her turn in the film Selena and she also met Ojani Noa, a waiter at a Miami restaurant.
At the wrap party for Selena, Noa grabbed the microphone and offered a Lopez a diamond ring in the middle of the dance floor. Lopez accepted and the pair married the same year but were divorced by January 1998.
The relationship between the two remained amicable after their split, but Lopez eventually sued Noa in a bid to prevent him from publishing a book containing personal details of their marriage.
After filming Selena, Lopez was really feeling her Latin roots and cut a demo tape in Spanish. Lopez’s manager then sent the song, titled “Vivir Sin Ti” (Living without You), to Sony Music Entertainment’s Work Group, who showed an interest in signing Lopez. Tommy Mottola, the head of the label suggested to her that she sing in English instead.
While still making movies such as Anaconda and Out of Sight she started working hard on her first album which debuted in 1999 with If You Had My Love as her first single.
Lopez then became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut single since Britney Spears had done four months earlier with her single, Hit Me Baby One More Time.
Lopez’s musical success came as a surprise to critics; its launch made the popular actor even more popular. Both the music industry and the public became intrigued by this woman who seemed to have so many different talents.
On February 23, 2000, Lopez, in the accompaniment of then-boyfriend Sean P.Diddy Combs, wore a plunging exotic green Versace silk chiffon dress on the red carpet of the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards.
The dress generated controversy and media attention, with images of Lopez in the dress being downloaded from the Grammy website over half a million times 24 hours after the event.
During the process of creating her second album, Lopez decided to tweak her image as she began to develop into a sex symbol. She changed her stage name to J.Lo, a nickname she was given by her fans. She subsequently named the album J.Lo, which was released on January 23, 2001. The record was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the United States Billboard 200
This exact week, her romantic comedy film The Wedding Planner in which she starred opposite Matthew McConaughey, opened atop the box office. This made her the first entertainer to have a number one film and album simultaneously.
April 2001 saw the public launch of J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, her own clothing and accessory company which specialized in clothing females of all shapes –Proving she was more than just a triple threat, she was building an empire.
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