ShoWest honors Lopez

Thesp to be feted at closing awards gala

Jennifer Lopez, who toplines the upcoming Sony drama “Enough,” has been named ShoWest 2002’s female star of the year.

Lopez, who starred in “The Wedding Planner” and “Angel Eyes” last year, will be feted at a March 7 awards gala closing the annual trade show. ShoWest 2002 runs March 4-7 at Las Vegas’ Paris and Bally’s hotels.

“Jennifer Lopez has so many of the qualities associated with classic Hollywood stars,” said Robert Sunshine, chairman of ShoWest organizer Sunshine Group Worldwide. Later in 2002, Lopez also stars in Sony/Revolution Studios’ “Chambermaid” and “Gigli.” “The Wedding Planner” marked the first time a female entertainer had both a No. 1 movie and No. 1 album (“J.Lo”) in the same week.

Last year’s recipient of female star of the year kudos was Sandra Bullock.