Category: Before They Were Famous

Before They Were Famous

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez was born on July 24, 1969, in the Bronx, New York. Jennifer was one of three children born to Guadeloupe Rodriquez and David Lopez. Her parents named her Jennifer Lynn Lopez. Jennifer was the middle child. She has two sisters, Leslie Lopez is a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez is a DJ on WKTU in New York and a VJ on VH1.

Jennifer has enjoyed music from a very young age. She listened to salsa, bachata, and merengue. Jennifer also enjoyed listening to mainstream music like R&B, pop, and hip-hop as a child. Movies also fascinated Jennifer from a young age; her favorite was Westside Story. Jennifer knew she wanted to be an entertainer at a young age. She began taking singing and dancing lessons at age five.

As a child, Jennifer spent eight years at Holy Family a Catholic School for girls located in the Bronx New York. Jennifer graduated from Preston high school where she played tennis and participated in track and field.

Jennifer moved out of her parent’s house at 18 years old. She worked at a law office to support herself, while at night she took jobs dancing and continued to take dance classes. Her first big break came in 1990 when In Living Color (a comedy show on Fox) hired her to be a (Fly Girl) dancer on their hit show. Jennifer was a dancer on In Living Color for two years. After that, she became a backup dancer for pop and R&B singer, Jackson Jacksons. The first major film Jennifer played in was My Family in 1995. Her breakthrough role came in 1997 when she portrayed slain singer Selena Perez in the hit movie Selena.

Samuel L Jackson

Samuel L Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, DC. His grandmother raised him in Chattanooga, Tennesee. Samuel’s mother Elizbeth Jackson came to live with him and his grandmother when he was ten yrs old. Samuel became interested in film at an early age. He would often watch films at the local movie theater in his youth.

Samuel attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Morehouse College he became very involved in the black power movement. While In his junior year at Morehouse College he locked several board members in a building for two days to protest the lack of black members on the board of trustees. Morehouse immediately expelled Jackson because of this action.

Samuel moved to Los Angeles, California, and worked as a Social Worker for two years. He then returns to Morehouse College where he studied acting and received his degree in 1972. After receiving his degree, Jackson joined The Black Image Theater Company. In The Black image Theater Company, he toured the country doing skits. In 1976 Jackson moved to Harlem, New York, and began to act in off-Broadway productions. He also worked as a stand-in for Bill Cosby during the Cosby Show Rehearsals. In 1981 He met Morgan Freeman, and the two of them became great friends. In the same year, he met Spike Lee who was a New York University film student at the time. Spike Lee was very enthusiastic about Jackson’s acting and asked him to be in some of the movies he planned to make in the future. Samuel agreed and played in many of Spike Lee’s early movies which include Mo Better Blues, School Daze, and Jungle Fever. Jackson’s break-out role was a film by Quentin Terrintono called Pulp Fiction. He received an Academy Award nomination for playing the role of Jules Winfield.

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 11, 1967. His mother Anita Frances Livingston was a Louisiana Supreme Court Justice. His father, Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Sr. was the district attorney of New Orleans from 1973 to 2003. Harry also has a sister named, Suzanna.

Harry Connick Jr. started learning to play the keyboard at the age of three. He started playing in front of audiences at five, and at age ten he was recording with a jazz band. Harry performed the Piano Concerto No. Opus 37 of Beethoven with the New Orlean Symfony Orchestra was later renamed the Louisianna Philharmonic at age nine.

Connick attended Jesuit High School and the New Orleans School of Creative Arts in New Orleans, Louisianna. He moved to New York City to attend Hunter College and study at the Manhattan School of Music. Connick signed with Columbia Records and recorded his first album. It was primarily an instrumental recording. His second album featured his vocals which brought him more notoriety.

Connick made his movie debut in 1990 in a movie called Memphis Belle. He also released two albums that year, one of them going double Platinum. Harry began a two-year world tour performing in 1990. Connick has since then recorded many albums and has had various acting roles in movies and on television.