JENNIFER LOPEZ (Leslie) is one of the most powerful and celebrated artists working in entertainment today. In 2012 Forbes magazine named her the most powerful celebrity in the world. With an unmatched global appeal, Lopez has racked up more than $1.4 billion in worldwide box-office receipts.
Lopez has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and starred in multiple hit movies. 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 simultaneous honors made Lopez the first woman in history to have a No. 1 movie and No. 1 album in the same week.
Most recently Lopez starred in the romantic comedy THE BACK-UP PLAN, alongside Alex O'Loughlin, and joined the ensemble cast of WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING. She also lent her voice to the character of Shira, a saber-toothed tiger, in the animated smash ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT.
In 1995 Lopez made her feature film debut in the highly acclaimed drama MY FAMILY (MI FAMILIA), which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as young mother Maria Sanchez. Lopez earned great acclaim for playing the title role in SELENA, which brought her a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2002 Lopez was named ShoWest Female Star of the Year and in 2006 she 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.
Other film credits include Robert Luketic's MONSTER-IN-LAW, opposite Jane Fonda; Lasse Hallstrom's AN UNFINISHED LIFE, with Robert Redford; Oliver Stone's U-TURN, alongside Sean Penn; Wayne Wang's MAID IN MANHATTAN, opposite Ralph Fiennes; Joseph Ruben's MONEY TRAIN, with Woody Harrelson; Francis Ford Coppola's JACK, with Robin Williams; Bob Rafelson's BLOOD AND WINE, opposite Jack Nicholson; Luis Mandoki's ANGEL EYES, alongside Jim Caviezel; Tarsem Singh's THE CELL, with Vince Vaughn; Steven Soderbergh's OUT OF SIGHT, opposite George Clooney; Michael Apted's ENOUGH, with Billy Campbell; and ANACONDA, alongside Ice Cube.
Playing dual roles as actress and producer, Lopez also starred in EL CANTANTE, about salsa legend Hector Lavoe, and BORDERTOWN, a crime drama co-starring Antonio Banderas.
Nuyorican Productions, Lopez's film and television production company, allowed her to step into the role of television producer with the reality show "Dance Life" and the drama "South Beach Tow." In development are film and TV projects that include a remake of the '80s hit OVERBOARD and the romantic comedy TAMING BEN TAYLOR, in which Lopez will star as a top-notch real estate agent who wins over a rugged vintner. Also in the works are "Help," for ABC; SWEET LITTLE 15, which tells a young Mexican girl's coming-of-age story as she plans her quinceanera; and comedy series "Amigas Sweet 15 Club," which will follow five teens in Miami who run a quinceanera business together.
An award-winning TV personality, Lopez recently served as a judge on "American Idol" for two seasons. She also launched the groundbreaking series "!Q' Viva! The Chosen," along with choreographer Jamie King and Marc Anthony.
Lopez recently won Best Latin Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards and Glamour magazine named her "Woman of the Year." In 2011 Lopez released the album "LOVE?" and its first single, "On the Floor" (featuring Pitbull), became a worldwide phenomenon. The song shot to No. 1 in 18 countries and became the most downloaded song of her career. Lopez also set a Vevo milestone for female artists as the music video racked up 100 million views in record time. With a staggering 600 million views, and counting, "On the Floor" became the most-watched music video by a female artist in the history of YouTube.
Lopez's dedication to assisting children in need and to the empowerment of others is far-reaching. The Boys & Girls Club of America has named her their first female national co-chair, alongside Denzel Washington. Her commitment to making a difference is also highlighted through The Lopez Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the level of medical care available to women and children. In association with Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the foundation is working on a "telemedicine" program that will bring state-of-the-art technology and top doctors to underserved communities around the world. The first telemedicine center opened in Puerto Rico in 2010 and recently added a new center in Panama.