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I love watching Jennifer Lopez dance. On stage, she shuffles in place, waist static, hips astraddle, and legs lunging, transforming herself into a figure of brilliant turbulence.
Her face lights up; her smile is disarming. She's having fun, and, by extension, so.
Selena, released 20 years ago today, concerns the brief, extraordinary life of Selena Quintanilla, the mononymous Tejano singer slain by her former fan club manager in 1995. The film, now something of a cult favorite, has a pull over me that I can't help but yield. Maybe it's because I belong to the generation of American kids who grew up watching.
After I first saw it on cable TV, I watched it every year without fail, enchanted by Lopez. She brought forth the spirit of a woman I never knew.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below, even though I must have been one of many, I came to feel alone in my enthusiasm. Today, the public categorizes Lopez as a pop star, an A-list celebrity.
She is the songstress who blazed to fame with "Waiting for Tonight" (1999) and "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2001 she is now a judge. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide, and her sartorial decisions regularly make the news. But her acting career has become more of a footnote than a headline.
Lopez was an actress before she became a bona fide singing star, yet her musical career has eclipsed these forays into cinema. She started the '90s muscling her way into film, beginning as a fly girl. In Living Color before coming to the attention of some of the best American directors, from Francis Ford waiting Coppola (.
Jack, 1996) to Bob Rafelson (. Blood and Wine, 1996 and Oliver Stone (.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below, warner Bros, and then came. The film signaled Lopez's arrival, in part because it was her first lead role; it also seemed like a suggestion of more to come. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance.