Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969)—often known by her moniker J.Lo (sometimes JLo or J-Lo)—is an American actress, businesswoman, dancer and recording artist. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she enrolled in singing and dancing classes as a child before starting her career as a fly girl on the television comedy program In Living Color. Subsequently venturing into acting, she gained recognition in the 1995 action-thriller Money Train. Her first leading role was in the biographical film Selena (1997), in which she earned an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress.
Lopez came to prominence within music after the release of her album On the 6 (1999), which spawned the hit singles "If You Had My Love" and "Waiting for Tonight". Her second album J.Lo (2001) reached number one on the Billboard 200 the same week her film, The Wedding Planner led the box office. She released J to tha L–O! The Remixes (2002), which became the first number-one remix album in the United States; her third and fourth studio albums, This Is Me... Then (2002) and Rebirth (2005) reached number two. In 2007 she released her first full Spanish album, Como ama una Mujer. Returning to music in 2011, she released her seventh album, Love? which spawned her most successful single "On The Floor", one of the best-selling singles of all time.
As of 2010, Lopez has amassed estimated sales of over 55 million records worldwide, Billboard ranked her as the 27th Artist of the 2000s decade. In 2010, Lopez became a member of the judging panel for the American reality television competition American Idol. She was selected for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. She led People en Español's list of "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in February 2007. That year, Lopez made the Forbes magazine's list of "The 20 Richest Women In Entertainment," ranking ninth.