Though "Jenny From The Block" always made much of her working class credentials, she was determined to become a star. Born into a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, she decided early on that she wanted to be famous. Her parents, a kindergarten teacher and a computer specialist, encouraged her to study, but the young J-Lo preferred days at the dance studio to poring over books.
Her love of performing eventually paid off, however, and in 1991 she became a dancer with the hit US comedy show In Living Colour. A series of minor movie roles followed, most notably in the thriller Blood And Wine, opposite Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine.
It wasn't until she won the female lead opposite George Clooney in 1998's Out Of Sight, that her potential as a leading lady was realised. Having broken records by becoming the first Hispanic actress to command a seven figure salary, J-Lo turned her attentions back to her first passion – music and dance.
Unlike her fiancé Jennifer decided early on that stardom beckoned, and devoted her early years to perfecting her dance skills