Jennifer Lopez, nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer.
She is the richest person of Latin American descent in Hollywood according to Forbes, and the most influential Hispanic entertainer in America according to People en Español's list of "100 Most Influential Hispanics".
Lopez has sold over 55-million records worldwide and starred in multiple box office No. 1s, including Monster-In-Law and The Wedding Planner.
In 2001, The Wedding Planner was the nation's top-grossing film, while her album, J.Lo, was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The two simultaneous No. 1 honors made Lopez the first woman to have a No. 1 movie and album in the same week.
In early 2011, Lopez released her next album, Love?, on Island/Def Jam Records.
Along with partner Simon Fields, Lopez's production company, Nuyorican, is in development on several film and TV projects, including the romantic comedy Taming Ben Taylor, in which she will star as a top-notch real estate agent who wins over a rugged vintner; Nannyland; Sweet Little 15, which tells a young Mexican girl's coming-of-age story as she plans her Quinceañera; and the teen television comedy and book series, Amigas Sweet 15 Club, which will follow five teens in Miami who run a Quinceañera (Sweet 15) business.
Nuyorican is also working on notable film projects, including The Governess and a remake of the hit 1980s comedy Overboard.
Lopez recently starred in The Back-up Plan. Prior to taking time off to have children, she had last been seen in the feature films El Cantante, a drama about the life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe; and Bordertown opposite Antonio Banderas – both of which she produced.
She made her feature debut in the highly acclaimed Mi Familia, which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as the young mother Maria Sanchez.
Lopez earned widespread acclaim for her work in the title role of Selena, which brought her a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2002, she was awarded ShoWest Female Star of the Year, and in 2006, Lopez received the Women in Film: Crystal Award.
Additionally, the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group in the nation, named her Entertainer of the Year at the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards.
Her other film credits include Lasse Hallström's An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman; Oliver Stone's U-Turn; Maid In Manhattan; Money Train; Francis Ford Coppola's Jack with Robin Williams; Blood and Wine opposite Jack Nicholson; Luis Mandoki's Angel Eyes; The Cell; Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight with George Clooney; Michael Apted's Enough; and Anaconda.
Via Nuyorican, Lopez made her foray into the role of television producer with her reality show Dance Life as well as the drama South Beach.
Lopez also heads a best-selling line of fragrances and was awarded with the ACE Fashion Icon of the Year award in 2006 for her contribution to accessories and the fashion industry.
She joined the reality competition American Idol as a permanent judge for its tenth and eleventh seasons, from 2011-2012. After a year's hiatus she returned for Seasons 13 and 14.
She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.