TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)
|Also Known As:||Michael Joseph Jackson, John Jay Smith||Died:||June 25, 2009|
|Born:||August 29, 1958||Cause of Death:||Cardiac arrest|
|Birth Place:||Gary, Indiana, USA||Profession:||dancer, singer, actor, composer, record producer, entrepreneur|
Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY
r. Questions about Jackson being the biological father were then raised after several men, including the children's godfather and former star of the classic "Oliver!" (1968), Mark Lester, as well as Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, hinted at possible paternity. By late July, Dr. Murray was being actively investigated by the feds, including raids by the DEA of his Houston, TX office, while the toxicology results were sealed indefinitely. Two months after the death of the King of Pop, arrangements were finally announced for his burial, and the Los Angeles County Coroner officially ruled Jackson's death, "a homicide." Also released was the laundry list of drugs that were in the singer's body when he died. Cause of death was "acute propofol intoxication," with Lorazepam (Ativan) also being cited as fatal in dosage. Other medications found in his system were midazolam (Versed), diazepam (Valium), lidocaine (local anesthetic) and ephedrine (commonly used as diet pills).terview was edited to cast him in an unfavorable light. He subsequently backed out of a much-promoted "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ) interview, instead offering his own privately crafted rebuttal to Bashir's report on the two-hour Fox...
r. Questions about Jackson being the biological father were then raised after several men, including the children's godfather and former star of the classic "Oliver!" (1968), Mark Lester, as well as Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, hinted at possible paternity. By late July, Dr. Murray was being actively investigated by the feds, including raids by the DEA of his Houston, TX office, while the toxicology results were sealed indefinitely. Two months after the death of the King of Pop, arrangements were finally announced for his burial, and the Los Angeles County Coroner officially ruled Jackson's death, "a homicide." Also released was the laundry list of drugs that were in the singer's body when he died. Cause of death was "acute propofol intoxication," with Lorazepam (Ativan) also being cited as fatal in dosage. Other medications found in his system were midazolam (Versed), diazepam (Valium), lidocaine (local anesthetic) and ephedrine (commonly used as diet pills).terview was edited to cast him in an unfavorable light. He subsequently backed out of a much-promoted "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ) interview, instead offering his own privately crafted rebuttal to Bashir's report on the two-hour Fox special, "Michael Jackson, Take Two: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You."
The furor died down for several months, but the flames were fanned again in November 2003, just as Jackson's greatest hits package Number Ones was about to hit stores. Santa Barbara police descended on his Neverland Ranch to investigate claims that the musician had molested a 12-year-old boy on the premises. Amid a media furor, Jackson, who was filming a music video in Las Vegas, was required to surrender himself to authorities, prompting video images of the singer in handcuffs. Booked on suspicion of child molestation and released on $3 million bail, he subsequently called the allegations as "outrageous" and "false" and hired celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos to defend him. In the wake of his arrest, CBS indefinitely postponed a primetime Jackson network special that had been scheduled for November 26, while devoted fans staged candlelight vigils protesting his innocence. Meanwhile, plans for finding a fulltime performing home in Las Vegas evaporated; the Jackson family and celebrity friends such as Elizabeth Taylor publicly rushed to his defense as doubts about Jackson's accuser, who previously accused others of child abuse ¿ including his own father ¿ began to surface.
Jackson's compilation album, with the ironically titled new single, "One More Chance," debuted to tepid sales in the United States, where his commercial appeal had dimmed considerably. But Jackson still managed to top other music charts in countries around the world where he was still considered a pop superstar. The stage was set for what promised to be the most sensational celebrity court case since the O.J. Simpson trial, and indeed a circus atmosphere prevailed: celebrities including Jay Leno, Chris Tucker and Macaulay Culkin were called to testify, while the not-so-lily-white past of the accuser's family was aired in court. Among the accusations, Jackson was accused of providing his sleepover guests with alcohol he allegedly called "Jesus Juice," as well as pornography. Throughout the entire sordid affair, Jackson made a spectacle of himself by wearing outrageous outfits into court and indulging in impromptu performances for the fans and gawkers who gathered outside the courthouse for a glimpse of the pop star.
Toward the end of the lengthy trial, however, Jackson appeared more and more haggard, allegedly suffering from ill health. Despite all of the sideshow distractions, in June 2005, jurors in the child molestation trial found Jackson not guilty on all 10 counts against him, although some of the jurors said publicly their decision was based on reasonable doubt and that not all of them believed Jackson was entirely innocent. His attorneys vowed that Jackson would never again allow the children of others into his bed and make himself vulnerable to further accusations. Immediately on the heels of the verdict, the pop star was also reportedly offered a long term residency and $80 million to perform at the planned casino going up next to Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas.
Despite his acquittal, Jackson was not out of the tabloid woods yet. In 2006, reports of Jackson's financial w s became more rampant, with the star being forced to close part of his Neverland Ranch in order to save money. Adding further weight to his financial problems, he was forced to take out two substantial loans, including one for $300 million from Sony in exchange for the media company having the option of buying half of Jackson's stake in their jointly owned publishing company, leaving the pop star with a 25 percent share. After agreeing to joint custody of his children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, Jackson solidified his financial standing when he bought the rights to songs by Eminem, Beck and others from Viacom in partnership with Sony. Meanwhile, he released Thriller 25 in celebration of that album's 25th anniversary, which also contained some new cuts and remixes that reached moderate success, including "The Girl is Mine 2008" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008."
Now on the verge of rehabilitating his image, Jackson released the compilation album King of Pop while he was scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts at the O2 Arena in London. But the concerts ¿ which would have drawn over one million people ¿ were put on hold when the sudden news broke that Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on June 25, 2009. According to various news sources, paramedics found him not breathing after a 911 call from his Bel Air home. He was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center only minutes from his Holmby Hills mansion. When initial reports came in, an anonymous source close to the family was quoted as saying that the pop star was in "really bad shape." His father, who was in Las Vegas at the time, soon confirmed that his son was "not doing well." Within just a few hours, news came that shocked the world ¿ confirmed first by the tabloid site, TMZ.com; then by the Los Angeles Times ¿ Jackson was dead. He was just 50 years old. It was up to grieving brother Jermaine to officially announce what the rest of the world already knew.
On July 7, 2009, a massive memorial was held at L.A.'s Staple Center, with thousands of fans flying in from around the world to attend, while the rest of the world stopped what they were doing to watch such luminaries as Brooke Shields, Usher, Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, among others, pay tribute to their friend after his golden casket was carried in by his brothers and positioned at the foot of the stage. Jackson's daughter, Paris, moved even the most unsentimental when she paid tribute to her father, humanizing the often maligned singer by calling him "the best daddy ever" before breaking into tears. Due to intense public interest, the media continued coverage of the singer's life and death, as well as spotlighting every rumor and innuendo ¿ particularly in relation to his children's' paternity and the part his doctor ¿ Conrad Murray may have played in his death. Rumors of misuse of the powerful anesthetic Diprivan replaced talk of Demerol as the media clamored to get answers in lieu of a released toxicology report.
Meanwhile, fans continued to mourn as the news never stopped; first, Jackson's last will was released to the public, in which he declared mentor Diana Ross back-up custodial guardian if his mother Katherine was unable to care for his children. Ultimately, Katherine was granted custody of the three children, with Debbie Rowe getting visitation rights with the two eldest. Not long after Jackson's longtime attorney John Branca was announced as executor of his will, along with attorney John McClain, Katherine's lawyers put up a fight to make her the executo
Filmographyclose complete filmography
CAST: (feature film)
Milestones close milestones
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
"Over the past 10-12 years, Jackson has created a character: himself. It's an incredibly ambitious character, without age, race or gender. It's a character designed to bring the world together. A toy the whole human race can play with ...
"On stage, on video and through all the bizarre sideshows, we have watched Michael Jackson transform himself into this character, this other-worldly presence partway between fantasy and flesh. The line between creator and character has been successsfully blurred.
"But there's still that other Michael, too--businessman, sibling, plain old person ... He's the one who's trapped. How does he do something normal? Whom does he do it with? And if he's frustrated, whom does he blame? ... part of the answer is himself. That's a lot of what the 'Black or White' dance is about ... those angry moves came from somewhere."---David Hinckley's review of the "Black or White" video in Daily News, November 15, 1991.
"What 'Black or White' emphasizes, more than anything, isn't Mr. Jackson's good intentions or his toughness but his distance from anything like everyday experience. His street is obviously a sound stage. He wants to be a nice guy, an apostle of racial brotherhood and a roughneck who knows how to wield a crowbar, but what comes across is the narcissism of a spoiled child throwing his toys. The final sequence, soon to become more legendary for its absence, makes it clear that Mr. Jackson knows his freakishness is part of the sales pitch."---Jon Pareles in The New York Times review of "Black or White" video, November 16, 1991.
J. Randy Taraborrelli's book, "Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness" contends that family patriarch Joseph Jackson abused his children and flaunted his numerous love affairs.
Michael Jackson's reportedly extensive plastic surgery has included four nose jobs, two nose adjustments, a cleft chin, and skin bleaching allegedly to avoid resemblance to his father.
Jackson received an honorary LHD from Fisk Univeristy (1988)
"Michael is an eccentric, like Oscar Wilde. He creates his own world."---Deepak Chopra quoted in Daily News, November 10, 1996.
Michael Jackson has contributed to many organizations through the years, including the United Negro College Fund, Make a Wish Foundation, Dreamstreet, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) as well as allowing the use of his most popular compositions in national campaigns against drunk driving ("Beat It") and drug abuse ("Bad").
Through his Heal the World Foundation, which provides immediate relief efforts to needy children around the world, Jackson has spearheaded airlifts of food and medical supplies to war-torn Sarajevo, instituted mentoring, immunization and drug abuse education programs and paid for a four-year-old Hungarian child's liver transplant.
"Wacko Jacko... where'd that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. Don't do it. I'm not a wacko."---Jackson in a September 1997 televised interview with Barbara Walters
"He has been hurt by so many people, Why should he trust people? I think I'm the only person in his life who has not betrayed him ... we love each other like brother and sister and we'd do anything for each other."---Elizabeth Taylor on her relationship with Michael Jackson
April 22, 2004 Michael Jackson was indicted by a grand jury, after three weeks of testimony looking into charges that Michael Jackson molested a young boy
July 20, 2004, it was reported that Michael Jackson is about to become a father to quadruplets by way of a surrogate mother; however, Jackson's spokesperson Raymone Bain said the baby report '... is not true, and we are not going to further comment on stories of this nature.'
Companions close complete companion listing
Bibliography close complete biography
Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.Click here to contribute