Actress, singer, producer, entrepreneur, Jennifer Lopez has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and been the star of many #1 films at the box office, including Monster in Law and The Wedding Planner. In 2001, The Wedding Planner shot to first place at the U.S. box office and her album, J.Lo, captured the top spot on the Top 200—simultaneously—making Jennifer Lopez the first woman in history to have a film and an album at #1 in the same week. She recently starred in The Back-up Plan, a romantic comedy produced by CBS Films that takes place in New York. Before putting her career on hold for awhile during her pregnancy, she appeared in two films she herself produced: El Cantante, a dramatic feature film depicting the life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, and Bordertown, alongside Antonio Banderas. In 2011, Jennifer Lopez will release her new album Love? on the Island/Def Jam Records label.
Nuyorican, Jennifer’s production company with partner Simon Fields, currently has a “first-look deal” with NBC Television, and is in development on several film and television projects, including the romantic comedy Taming Ben Taylor, in which she will star as a top-notch real estate agent who wins over a rather surly winemaker; Nannyland for ABC; Sweet Little 15 for Fox Searchlight, which tells of a young Mexican girl’s coming of age story as she plans her “Quinceañera,” her 15th birthday; and the TV series for teenagers, Amigas Sweet 15 Club, which will also be developed into books. It will follow five teens from Miami who run a Quinceañeras party-planning agency. Nuyorican is also working on major film projects, including The Governess with CBS Films and a remake of Overboard with Sony.
Jennifer Lopez made her debut as an actress in Mi Familia, a feature praised by critics, earning her a Spirit Awards nomination for her portrayal of Maria Sanchez, a young mother. She won widespread respect for playing the lead role in Selena, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In 2002, Jennifer Lopez was presented with the “ShoWest Female Star of the Year Award” and received the “Women in Film: Crystal Award” in 2006. In addition, the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy group in the U.S., named her “Entertainer of the Year” at the American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) for TV and movies.
Her other films include Lasse Hallstrom’s An Unfinished Life, starring Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman; Oliver Stone’s U-Turn, Maid in Manhattan with Ralph Fiennes, Stanley Tucci, Bob Hoskins and Natasha Richardson; Money Train with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, Francis Ford Coppola’s Jack, with Robin Williams; Blood and Wine alongside Jack Nicholson; Luis Mandoki’s Angel Eyes, The Cell; Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, starring George Clooney; Enough, a thriller by Michael Apted; and Anaconda with Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz and Ice Cube. With Nuyorican, Jennifer Lopez takes on a new role: television producer, with her MTV reality dance show, Dance Life, and a series on UPN: South Beach.
Jennifer Lopez has been elected as the 2006 Icon of the Year at the ACE Fashion Awards for her contribution to the world of fashion and accessories.
Jennifer is also a woman who is committed to a better world, through her various charitable activities, including the Maribel Foundation, a non-profit organization she founded with her sister, Lynda. Its mission is to help improve the health and well-being of women and children and facilitate their access to medical care. The foundation is currently working with the Los Angeles Children's Hospital on a telemedicine program that will enable members of disadvantaged communities worldwide to be treated by the best doctors.