Breakout Roles: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, 41

Before she accepted a job as Matthew McConaughey's wedding planner in 2001 (heck, even before she worked as a maid in Manhattan in 2002), Jennifer Lopez wowed critics and audiences alike with a dynamic portrayal of Selena Quintanilla-Perez in the 1997 biopic, Selena. Lopez received a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film and critic Roger Ebert called the role a "star-making" performance for the Puerto Rican actress. 

Jennifer Lopez's "Maid in Manhattan" Coming to Television

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.