Jennifer Lopez began her career in as a dancer where she appeared as one of the selected dancers for several rap music videos. She also appeared in 1990 in one of the episodes for Yo! MTV Raps and as a back-up dancer for the New Kids on the Block and was seen dancing for them during their performance of the song “Games” during the American Music Awards back in 1991. Lopez got her first high profile regular stint for the television comedy program “In Living Color” in 1990 where she was part of the infamous all-female dance group The Fly Girls. She also became one of Janet Jackson’s backup dancers and appeared on her music video “That’s the Way Love Goes” in 1993.
Lopez then ventured into acting and did several appearances for short-lived television shows like South Central, Second Chances, Hotel Malibu and the made-for-television film Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7. Her first big screen performance came in 1995 when she appeared in the drama My Family and appeared on the action flick Money Train where she starred opposite Wesley Snipes. Lopez starred and played several movie roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s comedy Jack starring Robin Williams in 1996 and in 1997 appeared in the thriller Blood and Wine with Jack Nicholson. It was in the movie Selena where she first made her major breakthrough acting performance as she portrayed the true-to-life story of the late Mexican American singer who was gunned down in 1995 by a deranged fan during the height of her singing career. The movie was released in 1997 and it was for this movie that Lopez earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy in 1998. She was the first Latin actress to get paid $1 million or more for a film role. Lopez is credited for her acting roles with some of her critically-acclaimed films under her belt such as Out of Sight, The Cell, An Unfinished Life and Shall We Dance? with actor Richard Gere .
Lopez even produced two independent films that were well-received in film festivals namely El Cantante which was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival and Bordertown at the Brussels Film Festival. Other of Lopez’s film successes include The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law and the suspense thriller Enough where she played a battered wife out to get her revenge on her sadistic husband. Lopez starred with then actor-boyfriend Ben Affleck in the movie Gigli but the entire movie would become a critical and commercial disappointment. In April 2004 Lopez appeared in the sixth season finale of Will & Grace playing as herself. It was regarded as the show’s highest rating episode since Elton John made a guest appearance in 2002. She then again reappeared on Will & Grace on its seventh season opening episode.
Lopez had struck a deal with MTV to air her executively-produced reality show DanceLife. The concept of the show was to follow the lives of six aspiring dancers as they struggle to make it to the top of the competitive world of professional dance. She made cameo appearances during the entire course of the show’s 8-episode run which was first aired on January 15, 2007. Lopez made an appearance recently on American Idol last April 10, 2007 as a mentor.
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