She's conquered the worlds of acting, music, fashion and dance, and that's likely the reason she announced on Friday that she's departing the American Idol judges table after just two seasons. Here are five things you may not know about Jennifer Lopez.
1. One of her nicknames growing up was "La Guitarra" because her body was literally curved like a guitar.
2. One of her first gigs was as a backup dancer for the '80s boy band New Kids on the Block during a live performance of the American Music Awards.
3. Has said Barbra Streisand is her "absolute idol." She told InStyle magazine: "I love what she does. She's a singer, an actress, she went into directing -- she does it all."
4. Says it's only a myth that she loves everything white and demands that the color be all around her. "There was this rumor that I needed white flowers and white linens wherever I went: 'Everything has to be white or she won’t go in the room!' That's not true."
5. Her first major film role was in the 1995 action comedy Money Train, which also starred Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.
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