Back in the day, I remember looking out the window of a Manhattan ad agency on lower Broadway and seeing a theater marquee with “Jennifer Lopez” on it. I turned and said to one of the young staffers, “Who is that?“ “That’s Jenny from the Block. She thinks she’s an actress,” she replied – sarcastically – with a laugh.
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I think she’s stopped laughing.
I came across a terrific article by Lizzie Widdicombe that appeared in the February 2016 issue of InStyle magazine. It gives a fascinating look into how Jenny from the Block has evolved into the consummate entertainer.
THE START: Over the past 20 years, Lopez has parlayed a role as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color into the kind of multifaceted career – singing, dancing, acting – that belongs to an earlier era: Think Garland and Sinatra. “I’ve always wanted to be a singer and a dancer and an actress since I was very young,” Lopez says.
THE RESULT: And she’s done just that: by filming more than 30 movies and producing 10 albums (not to mention 30 singles). However, it’s Lopez’s very prolificacy that makes it easy for haters to dismiss her, says her close friend (and producing partner) Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. “She’s been criticized for doing too much. But for her, failure would be not trying.”
THE PRESENT: In 2011 Lopez was cast as a judge on American Idol, which could have translated into a very lucrative pop star retirement package. But Lopez had other plans, deftly using the platform – and social media – to reenergize her singing career. She began releasing hits again and subsequently embarked on a world tour.
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THE FUTURE: In 2016 J.Lo will appear for the final season of Idol on Fox, while Shades of Blue, a new cop drama (which she also produces) debuts on NBC. Then she’s off to Las Vegas, where she is performing 20 hour-and-a-half shows running through June at the AXIS Theater in Planet Hollywood. “The show I’m doing is mine,” Lopez says. “Vegas is very intimate. I see this as a way for people to really get to know me.”
THE FAMILY: Her work ethic comes from her childhood in the Bronx and watching her Puerto Rican parents work very hard to provide for their three children. She does the same for her eight-year-old twins, Max and Emme. “They come with me everywhere,” she says. “They’re so happy that I’m just there. And then I leave and Max says, ‘Where are you going? Rehearsal or the set?’ And I say, ‘The set.’”
We think that’s a pretty smart little boy!
Lopez goes on to say, “I am busy and they know it. And they know part of their job is helping me get sleep. If I’m sleeping in, they’re very quiet, like, ‘Mommy needs to sleep! She worked late last night!’ We’re a team.”
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In the May 2020 issue of Smithsonian magazine I came across an intriguing article titled, “A Half-Century of Trips,” written by Ted Scheinman, (a writer and scholar based in Southern California). This features a subhead that reads, “Americans have steadily become more dedicated travelers, despite historic setbacks.”
This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
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