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Happy Birthday Jennifer Lopez!

Celebrate J. Lo's big day with a look at her life through the years

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    Jennifer Lopez is the daughter of David Lopez and Guadalupe Rodriguez. She grew up in the Bronx, and her parents always encouraged her to pursue her entertainment career.

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    Jennifer's first love was David Cruz. They met in 1984 and were together for 10 years.

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    In 1991 Jennifer Lopez gets a big Hollywood break as a Fly Girl on the Wayans brother's hit Fox comedy show In Living Color

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    Jennifer Lopez dated actor Wesley Snipes from 1994 - 1995 after co-starring in Money Train.

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    J. Lo's famous backside circa 1997.

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    In 1997 Jennifer Lopez married Ojani Noa in front of 200 friends. The marriage lasts 13 months, and in 2006 Lopez sued Noa over a tell-all book about their relationship.

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    Jennifer's breakthrough role was playing the murdered Tejano singer Selena in a biopic Selena. Lopez beat out 11,000 competitors for the role! The movie came out in 1997 with Selena's father's stamp of approval.

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    J. Lo plays a federal marshal alongside George Clooney in the Oscar-nominated film Out of Sight.

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    Lopez's debut album, On the 6 comes out in 1999. The album was named after the 6 subway train that she took to get to dance auditions in Manhattan. On the 6 goes triple platinum.
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    Jennifer Lopez and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs didn't publicly acknowledge their relationship until September, 1999. They arrived at the 1999 MTV Music Awards hand in hand.

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    J.Lo flaunts some serious cleavage in this iconic Versace dress at the 2000 Grammys.

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    Jennifer Lopez and Sean "Puff Daddy" dated for almost two years.

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    In 2000 Jennifer met Cris Judd, a background dancer in her video for "Love Don't Cost a Thing." The couple married on Sept. 21, 2001. Lopez filed for divorce in July of 2002, just nine months after the wedding.

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    In 2001 Lopez costarring Matthew McConaughey in The Wedding Planner.

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    Jennifer Lopez releases her second album J.Lo which goes to number one simultaneously with The Wedding Planner.

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    In 2001 Lopez begins production on Gigli, where she meets her new leading man, Ben Affleck.

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    While Gili got scathing reviews, it did give us Bennifer! Affleck proposed with a 6.1-carat pink engagement ring.

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    Due to Gili's terrible reviews Miramax postponed the release of the couple's second film together, Jersey Girl. By mid-January, they call off their wedding and their relationship all-together.

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    In 2002 J.Lo releases her her third album This Is Me...Then, with hits on it like "Jenny from the Block".
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    J. Lo starred in Maid in Manhattan alongside Ralph Fiennes in 2002.

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    Remember this 2002 J. Lo Oscar look?

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    "Jenny from the Block" wears her standard velor track suit on TRL with Carson Daly at the MTV Studios in New York City in 2002.

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    After calling off her engagement to Affleck in 2003, Lopez marries Marc Anthony in 2004 at her Beverly Hills mansion. She wore a Vera Wang gown and $7 million dollars worth of Neil Lane jewelry.

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    Jennifer Lopez gets back to her dancing roots in Shall We Dance? with Richard Gere in 2004.

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    Jane Fonda plays Jennifer Lopez's worst nightmare in 2005's Monster In-Law.

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    J.Lo relases her fourth album in 2005 Rebirth...sales peak at 1.5 million.
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    In 2006 Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez star in El Cantante, a story of salsa king Hector Lavoe.

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    In 2008 Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez have twins Max and Emme.

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    In 2011 Lopez announces that she is joining the judges' table with fellow newbie Steven Tyler. Her daughter Emme and son Max often visit her on set!

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    After seven years of marriage Jennifer and Marc decided to go their separate in 2011.

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    Jennifer Lopez starts dating Casper Smart who she even kissed onstage at the American Music Awards! The dancing duo have been dating since 2011.

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    In 2013 Lopez is honored with the 2500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California.

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    Jennifer Lopez continues to be a judge on "American Idol XIII".

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    J.Lo joined Neon Trees, Tiësto, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, and Lil Jon at the 2014 iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. at 45 she's never looked better!

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