|Source Of Wealth
|24th July 1969
|Jennifer Lynn Affleck
|5ft 5in (164cm)
There is no one quite like Jennifer Lopez. She is a superstar in every sense of the word, and her influence spans music, film, and fashion. She is a trailblazer with an unparalleled work ethic.
If you've wondered how this star got her start, you've come to the right place. We go over Jenny from the Block's iconic career and exciting life in this interesting guide.
Who Is Jennifer Lopez?
Jennifer Lopez is an American dancer, actress, and singer. She is one of the most popular Latin artists in the world. Jennifer has achieved success in both the English- and Spanish-speaking markets.
In addition to her singing and acting, Jennifer Lopez is a savvy businesswoman. She has a business empire that holds many successful clothing, perfume, and shoe lines. Her clothing and shoe lines alone account for millions of earnings for her each year.
Jennifer Lopez Early Life
Jennifer Lopez was born in the Bronx, New York, on July 24, 1969, to parents Guadalupe and David. Her mother was a teacher, and her father was a computer technician. Both of her parents immigrated to America during their youth from Puerto Rico.
Jennifer has an older sister named Leslie and a younger sister named Lynda. As the middle of three girls, the Lopez household was not devoid of music.
Growing up, Jennifer was exposed to a wide range of music, including Latin, pop, and hip hop. She also loved the film industry. West Side Story, the 1961 smash hit musical, also significantly influenced her life.
Jennifer took up singing and dancing lessons at a young age. She quickly developed a passion for performing.
When she wasn't practicing singing and dancing, she was a student at a Catholic elementary school called Holy Family. She attended this Bronx-based school for eight years. After her time here, she spent four years at the all-girls prep school Preston High School.
Jennifer excelled at athletics during her time in school. She was particularly good at gymnastics, softball, and track and field.
She also spent time on the stage in her high school. Jennifer played the lead in Godspell, among other musical roles.
After graduating high school, Jennifer worked as a dance teacher. She also worked as a secretary for a law firm for a brief time, although this job was short-lived.
Jennifer Lopez Career
By age 18, Jennifer was a student at the Phil Black Dance Studio in Manhattan. Although Jennifer's parents weren't happy with her pursuing dance, it paid off. Jennifer got a job on the Golden Musicals of Broadway revival show tour in 1989.
This tour kicked off a series of different dance roles. She was a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block's 1991 American Music Awards dance. She also danced in Oklahoma and Jesus Christ Superstar as they went on tour.
Eventually, Jennifer got a job as a Fly Girl jazz-funk dancer on the show In Living Color. The choreographer noted the star qualities that Jennifer Lopez possessed.
By 1991, Jennifer moved to LA to continue her work on In Living Color. She continued to work on her dancing and singing when she wasn't working. After Season 4 of the show wrapped, Jennifer moved on to dance as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson.
Jennifer Lopez's Acting Career Begins
By 1993, Jennifer decided to try her hand at acting. Her first job was a small role in South Central.
She landed other minor roles before getting her first major role in Mi Familia. After that role, she starred opposite Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in the 1995 flick Money Train.
Jennifer starred in several other films, but her role in Selena made her a household name. This 1997 biopic was directed by the same director that directed Mi Familia. This movie marked the first time a Latina actress earned a million dollars for a role.
The role was a huge success and earned Lopez high praise. She went on to star in Anaconda with Ice Cube and Out of Sight with George Clooney. She also tried her hand at voice acting by being the voice of Azteca in Antz.
J. Lo's Singing Career Heats Up
By 1999, Lopez switched gears and decided to record her first Spanish-language demo. Tommy Mottola signed her, and her first album, On the 6, was born. She named this album after the subway she rode from the Bronx to Manhattan as a child.
The song "If You Had My Love" from the album landed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 along with "Waiting for Tonight." This album solidified her name as a serious singer.
Jennifer Lopez attended the 2000 Grammy Awards with her boyfriend at the time, Sean "Puffy" Combs. It was here that she wore her iconic revealing green Versace dress and solidified herself as a fashion icon. That dress was the most popular search in the history of Google and helped create Google Images.
Acting and Singing Worlds Collide
By the early 2000s, Jennifer spent her time both acting and singing. Her rom-com The Wedding Planner with Matthew McConaughey was a smash hit.
At the same time, her second album, J.Lo, also reached number one. This album held hits like "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "I'm Real," which became number one in the country.
Another romantic comedy, Maid in Manhattan, came out in 2002 with Lopez as the star. This movie was another hit and is the highest-grossing movie she has made to date.
She continued this busy year by releasing two albums. Her album This Is Me... then held the single "Jenny from the Block," which made it to number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
By the time 2003 rolled around, Jennifer's popularity and box office and record hits started to cool down. It was during this time that J. Lo was being labeled as a diva and hard to work with.
She played a lead opposite Ben Affleck in Gigli, which is still seen as one of the worst movies ever made. The flops kept coming with her role in Jersey Girl, which audiences also didn't love.
By the mid-2000s, Jennifer found success again with the movie Monster-in-Law and her new album, Rebirth. It was also then that she married singer Marc Anthony.
During this stretch, Jennifer released several movies that didn't do well. She also released Como Ama Una Mujer, which got lukewarm reviews as her first full Spanish album.
Jennifer gave birth to twin babies in 2008 and took some time off from the spotlight. She tried to kickstart her career again with several new songs, but they didn't make the top of the charts.
A Career Turning Point
Things rebounded for Jennifer in 2011 when she joined American Idol as a judge. People finally saw Jennifer as a person and not as the diva that people personified her as before.
Her time on Idol was a lucrative one. She earned $20 million for her eleventh season and, two years later, another $17.5 million.
In 2011, she released her seventh album, Love?, with the hit single "On the Floor." She went on tour in 2012 and made over a million dollars a show.
Jennifer also starred in some box office hits around this time. She played in What to Expect When You're Expecting and Ice-Age: Continental Drift.
By 2016, Jennifer spent time in Las Vegas performing at a three-year Vegas residency. After her time here, she had several other career successes.
In 2019, she starred in Hustlers, which became a huge box office success. She also co-headlined the Super Bowl LIV halftime show in Florida with Shakira, which got great reviews.
Recently, Jennifer continued her career success with the Netflix hit Marry Me alongside Owen Wilson. Currently, she's working on a documentary that looks at her life in 2020.
Jennifer Lopez Relationship Timeline
The only thing more famous than Jennifer Lopez's movie and song hits is her infamous love life. Through her time in the spotlight, she has had many high-profile relationships.
Early on, Jennifer was in a long relationship with David Cruz. She stayed with her high-school boyfriend until the mid-1990s.
Following this relationship, she married a waiter, Ojani Noa, in February 1997. This marriage was short-lived and fizzled about a year later.
By 1999, Jennifer had entered a relationship with Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. They had a three-year relationship full of many ups and downs. Although she cared for him, she knew the relationship wouldn't last.
Jennifer married again in 2001 to a backup dancer named Chris Judd. This was another short-lived marriage and ended in June 2002.
She started her most high-profile relationship in 2002 with Ben Affleck. These two stars met on the set of Gigli and hit it off. The couple, known as "Bennifer," became engaged in 2002.
Days before their wedding, they decided to postpone the event because of the tabloid attention. They ended up splitting shortly after, and both lamented the break.
Jennifer found love again with singer Marc Anthony. She married him in June 2004, and they stayed married for several years. They had twins together in 2008.
By 2011, the couple decided to go their separate ways. They divorced officially in 2014.
Jennifer had several other relationships since her divorce from Marc Anthony. Most notably, she was engaged to baseball player Alex Rodriguez in 2019. They called their relationship off in 2021.
Love came full circle for Jennifer in 2021 when she started dating Ben Affleck again. The couple was engaged in April of 2022. By July 2022, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez officially tied the knot in Las Vegas.
Jennifer Lopez Facts
Jennifer Lopez isn't a partier. She doesn't drink any alcohol at all.
When Jenny from the Block had her babies, she made $6 million for their first photos. People Magazine gave viewers an intimate look at the new family's life.
Although Jennifer Lopez has starred in many shows, she has turned some prominent roles down. She didn't take the leading lady role of "Sara" in Hitch. This was a bad call as the movie went on to be a box office hit.
Jennifer Lopez has some help in the hair department. She always wears extensions to get a thick, luscious hair look.
Another J. Lo beauty hack is to get plenty of sleep. She swears by at least eight hours of beauty sleep each night.
Jennifer Lopez likes to give back. She and her sister run the Lopez Family Foundation. This organization helps children and women in need.
How Much Is Jennifer Lopez Worth?
With such a multifaceted career, Jennifer Lopez has amassed quite a fortune. Jennifer Lopez's net worth is an eye-popping estimated $405 million.
Although Jennifer started with more minor paying roles, she quickly made a name for herself. She earned her first million dollars in the movie Selena and earned more in subsequent films. Other ventures, like starring in TV ads and creating clothing and perfume lines, have helped boost her overall net worth.
Along with her income, she owns several incredible, multimillion-dollar properties across the country.
Let's Get Loud for Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning actress and singer who has worked hard for the success she's received. Although J. Lo is already very successful, it will be no surprise if her star keeps on getting brighter.
Our net worths are for entertainment purposes only. We do our best to provide accurate figures, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. The figures are based on public information and estimates, and may not reflect the true value of assets or liabilities.