Jennifer Lopez has been acting, singing and dancing since her first minor role in 1986’s “My Little Girl.”
In 1990 Lopez won a national competition to earn a spot as a dancing “Fly Girl” on Fox's comedy series “In Living Color.”
Her major breakout role came in 1997 when she played the title character in “Selena,” a biopic of pop singer Selena Quintanilla Perez. Lopez earned critical praise for her performance, including a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1999 Lopez released her debut studio album “On the 6,” joining a select group of stars who parlayed their on-screen success into a hit record. Fueled by singles “If You Had My Love” and “Waiting for Tonight,” the album went platinum in two weeks.
Her multifaceted career reached new heights in 2001 when her album “J.Lo” debuted at the top of the pop charts and her romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner” earned the No. 1 box-office spot.
Lopez continued her film work with “Shall We Dance?” and “Monster-in-Law,” while adding several albums to her resume, including the Spanish-language record “Como Ama una Mujer.”
Lopez recently returned to the small screen as a judge for the 11th and 12th seasons of “American Idol.” Her eighth studio album, which features hip-hop star Pitbull, will be released later this year.