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1970s

Jennifer Lopez

Girl in the Middle

David Lopez and Guadalupe Rodriguez encourage their three daughters to perform skits in their Bronx home, igniting a strong desire to perform in their second daughter, Jennifer. After high school graduation, she appears in the 1987 film My Little Girl with Mary Stuart Masterson and James Earl Jones. She also dances in the musical Synchronicity in Japan.

1991

Jennifer Lopez

September 22

Happy Feet

Lopez gets a big Hollywood break as a fancy-footed Fly Girl on the Wayans brothers' hit Fox comedy show In Living Color, soon graduating to dramatic roles on TV's Second Chances and South Central.

1995

Jennifer Lopez

The Hollywood Train

After starring alongside Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos in Mi Familia, Lopez stars in the action comedy Money Train (left) with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. "She's as beautiful as a model, but she can act," director Joseph Ruben tells PEOPLE. She also begins filming Blood and Wine with Jack Nicholson in Miami, where she spots 23-year-old Cuban waiter Ojani Noa.

1997

Jennifer Lopez

February 22

Husband No. 1

Lopez weds Ojani Noa in Miami in front of 200 friends and family, including Oliver Stone, who directed Lopez in U-Turn. The marriage lasts 13 months, but the couple remains friends, with Noa managing Lopez restaurant Madre's in 2002. In 2006, though, Lopez sues Noa, charging that he demanded $5 million to shelve a tell-all book about their relationship.

Jennifer Lopez

March 21

Breakthrough Role

Lopez brings the murdered Tejano singer Selena back to life in a biopic, but not before beating out 11,000 competitors who flocked to auditions around the country and winning approval from Selena's padre Abraham Quintanilla. Comedian Paul Rodriguez, a Quintanilla family friend, tells PEOPLE, "Looking at Jennifer, you could swear that the killing was all just a bad nightmare."

1998

Jennifer Lopez

June 26

Latina Siren

Lopez stars as a sexy federal marshal with George Clooney in the Oscar-nominated film Out of Sight. Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman says, "Lopez, for all her Latina siren voluptuousness, has always projected a continued coolness, and this is the first movie in which it fully works for her."

1999

Jennifer Lopez

June 01

Crossover Queen

Lopez's debut album, On the 6 – named after the subway train that shuttled her between her Bronx home and Manhattan dance auditions – produces five hit singles, including "If You Had My Love," and goes triple platinum.

Jennifer Lopez

September 27

A Walk on the Wild Side

Lopez goes public with her new squeeze, hip-hop bad boy Sean Puffy Combs, who has a reported $250 million empire. Puffy, as he is known at the time, produced and wrote a track for On the 6, while a scantily clad Lopez appeared on the cover of his Notorious. They appear at Combs' Labor Day bash at his East Hampton, N.Y., mansion in matching white outfits. "She wants to be with someone who will protect her," her ex-husband Ojani Noa tells PEOPLE.

Jennifer Lopez

December 27

Bad Night

Lopez and Combs are hauled into a Manhattan police station after fleeing a nightclub where a member of Combs' entourage fired several shots into the air when a bar patron insulted Combs. Three bystanders are injured by stray bullets. After chasing the couple through 11 red lights and finding a loaded gun in the front seat of their vehicle, police fingerprint and handcuff a sobbing Lopez to a bench, where she is grilled for 14 hours before being cleared and released. Combs, however, is charged with illegal handgun possession and bribery and will remain under a cloud until his acquittal nearly two years later. The shooter is found guilty on several charges.

2000

Jennifer Lopez

February 23

Rocking the Red Carpet

Despite their legal maelstrom, Lopez and Combs appear carefree as they saunter down the red carpet at the Grammys. But all eyes – and cameras – are focused on Lopez's barely there Versace gown, making her hot copy for days. South Park creator Trey Parker is so impressed that he shows up at the Oscars a few weeks later in a knockoff of the dress.

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Name
Jennifer Lopez
Date of Birth
July 24, 1969
Birth Place
Bronx, N.Y.
Relationships
Casper Smart, ex-boyfriend (November 2011 to June 2014)
Marc Anthony, husband (2004 to present; separated)
Ben Affleck, ex-boyfriend (2002 to 2004, engaged)
Cris Judd, ex-husband (2001 to 2002)
Diddy, ex-boyfriend (1999 to 2001)
Ojani Noa, ex-husband (1997 to 1998)
David Cruz, ex-boyfriend (1984 to 1995)
Children
Emme Anthony, twin daughter (2/22/2008)
Max Anthony, twin son (2/22/2008)
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Edited by Julia Wang

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