Lopez has in the past gotten more attention for the size of
her backside than the quality of her work. But, in 1998 her career
exploded - both in music and in film, finally overcoming the cult
appeal of her rear end, although not completely curbing the amount
of jokes and quotes devoted to her derriere. Despite her Puerto
Rican background, Jennifer Lopez was born right smack dab in the
Bronx. She lived in the section they refer to as "Castle
Hill," and being in the Bronx she had to take the 6 train
to get to Manhattan for work, hence the name of her first album,
"On the Six." Her parents are David Lopez, a computer
specialist at Guardian Insurance, and her mother, a schoolteacher
in New York. Both parents are from Puerto Rico, but raised Jennifer
here in the United States. Jennifer has two sisters, Maria and
Linda (an Entertainment Correspondent for WB Network in New York).
Jennifer grew up, her body began to take the shape that is now
world renknown. She was known as "La Guitarra" (Spanish
for "The Guitar") because of the way her body shaped.
moved to Manhattan to hone her dancing skills. The work would
eventually pay off. Early on, Jennifer found work as a dancer
on the hit show "In Living Color." For those who remember
the show, it featured comedic skits interluded with musical numbers
and beginning and ending with big dance numbers. Jennifer, was
part of those big dance numbers. She also worked with Janet Jackson
in vides and on her tours, including the video for "That's
The Way Love Goes." A few film roles would eventually come
in 1995, including "Money Train," "Jack,"
and "Mi Familia," none of which made too big a box office
splash and none were able to make her a famous actress. Her
big break, however came in 1997, when she became the highest paid
Latina movie star ever, bringing in a reported 1 million dollars
for "Selena," the film portrayal of Salsa sensation
Selena, who was murdered by the president of her fan club. From
there, it was pretty much downhill. 1997's
"Anaconda," despite a ridiculous plot and a horrible
critical review, had huge success at the box office. "U-Turn,"
an Oliver Stone film, was a critical darling and propelled the
legitimacy of Lopez's career. 1998's "Out of Sight"
is what really established Jennifer as one of Hollywood's premiere
actresses. Her performance in the film was highly touted and certainly
showed Lopez's ability to hold her own and her sharp timing. From
there, "The Cell," "The Wedding Planner,"
and "Angel Eyes," all starred Jennifer and furthered
her career. In
1999, however, her career took a completely new path. "On
the Six" debuted and quickly went multi-platinum, spawning
numerous Top 10 singles and even Grammy nominations. Of course,
her dress, the barely there piece of cloth, created more conversation
than her album, once again pulling poor Jennifer victim of her
body getting in the way of her work. Off
the screen, Jennifer's romances as of late have caused more of
a stir than before her explosion. She has been married twice;
to David Cruz during an unknown period of her life and to Ojani
Noa, from 1997-1998. Her relationship with David Cruz occurred
quite early in her life, as she was engaged to him at 15, and
refers to him as "the best looking guy of the neighborhood."
And Ojani proposed to Jennifer at a wrap party for Selena, in
which he grabbed a mike and proposed to her in front of cast and
crew. But she has recently dated the artist Puff Daddy, often
causing stirs with their relationship, having been involved in
a shoot out in Florida and rumors afloat of a breakup. Apparently,
Jennifer's family does not approve of the relationship; however,
it would seem that considering Jennifer's track record with marriage,
they'd be happy about anything that lasted more than a year.