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Also Known As: Janet Damita Jo Jackson Died:
Born: May 16, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, USA Profession: singer, songwriter, dancer, actor

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The youngest sibling of a pop music dynasty, Janet Jackson made her initial show business breakout as a sweet-faced and chaste television actress. But at the age of 20, she began to give her brothers a run for their money with the multi-million selling album Control. Over the next few decades Jackson's persona evolved from sensitive teen to empowered young adult to global messenger to mature, sophisticated artist, and throughout this metamorphosis, amounting sales of over 100 million albums worldwide and status as the second most successful female artist in pop music history. With the exception of Jackson's older brother Michael, with whom she was extremely close as both a family member and as his professional peer, Jackson spent a lifetime distancing herself from the family name, not only to establish herself as her own artist, but due to the antics of spotlight-seeking siblings like sister La Toya and notoriously bullish stage dad, Joseph. The tenacious littlest Jackson ultimately succeeded on her own merit, occasionally returning to acting in feature films "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007), and maintaining her popularity as a multi-talented performer who valued the...

The youngest sibling of a pop music dynasty, Janet Jackson made her initial show business breakout as a sweet-faced and chaste television actress. But at the age of 20, she began to give her brothers a run for their money with the multi-million selling album Control. Over the next few decades Jackson's persona evolved from sensitive teen to empowered young adult to global messenger to mature, sophisticated artist, and throughout this metamorphosis, amounting sales of over 100 million albums worldwide and status as the second most successful female artist in pop music history. With the exception of Jackson's older brother Michael, with whom she was extremely close as both a family member and as his professional peer, Jackson spent a lifetime distancing herself from the family name, not only to establish herself as her own artist, but due to the antics of spotlight-seeking siblings like sister La Toya and notoriously bullish stage dad, Joseph. The tenacious littlest Jackson ultimately succeeded on her own merit, occasionally returning to acting in feature films "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007), and maintaining her popularity as a multi-talented performer who valued the hard-won privacy of her personal life.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Janet: The Velvet Rope (1998) Creator ("The Velvet Rope")

CAST: (feature film)

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 Poetic Justice (1993) Justice
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 Love Your Mama (1990) Nursery School Teacher
8.
 Before They Were Stars! (2002) Featuring
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1969:
Moved with her family from Indiana to California before she was two
1974:
Began singing in her family's Las Vegas act when she was seven; became noted for doing an impersonation of Mae West
1976:
Appeared with her family on the short-lived CBS variety series "The Jacksons"
1977:
Played the recurring role of Penny Gordon on the popular CBS sitcom "Good Times"
1981:
Landed recurring role of Charlene DuPrey on the NBC sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes"
1982:
Signed with A&M Records and released debut album <i>Janet Jackson</i>
1984:
Appeared as Cleo Hewitt on the syndicated series "Fame"
1986:
Released the album <i>Control</i>, which went on to sell over eight million copies and produce five hit singles
1989:
Released even more successful follow-up album, <i>Rhythm Nation 1814</i>, which was the first album in rock history to produce seven Top Five hit singles (four of which made it to No. 1); album also sold over eight million copies, becoming the top pop album of 1990
1990:
Went on first solo concert tour
1992:
Was played by actress Maya Nicole Johnson on the ABC biographical miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"
1993:
Made film debut in the title role of John Singleton's romantic drama "Poetic Justice"; also co-wrote and performed song "Again"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Song
1993:
Released the hit album <i>janet</i> with Virgin Records; included the single, "That's the Way Love Goes"
1995:
Collaborated with brother Michael on the hit song "Scream"
1995:
Released her greatest hits compilation <i>Design of a Decade</i>
1997:
Released <i>The Velvet Rope</i>, a collection of emotionally charged songs that drew on her battles with depression, self-image problems and a past abusive relationship
2000:
Returned to acting, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"; played Professor Klump's scientist fiancee Denise; also wrote and performed original song on the soundtrack
2002:
Headlined the HBO special "Janet Jackson: Live in Hawaii"
2004:
Performed with Justin Timberlake at Superbowl XXXVIII halftime show; resulted in scandal when a bodice-ripping stunt by Timberlake exposed her pierced nipple
2004:
Appeared as the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC), spoofing her infamous wardrobe malfunction
2004:
Played herself on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Will and Grace"; appearance marked her first TV acting role in nearly two decades
2004:
Received two Grammy nominations for her album <i>Damita Jo</i>
2006:
Released the album, <i>20 Y.O.</i>, a nod to the 20th anniversary of her debut album <i>Control</i>; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album; began touring in March 2007
2007:
Co-starred in "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?"
2007:
Changed labels and signed a record contract with Island Records
2008:
Released her tenth studio album <i>Discipline</i>
2010:
Re-teamed with Perry to co-star in the sequel "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"; also recorded the song "Nothing" for the soundtrack
2010:
Re-teamed with Perry for the ensemble film "For Colored Girls"
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Notes

Jackson donated proceeds (twenty-five cents of every ticket sold) from her "Velvet Rope" tour to America's Promise--The Alliance for Youth, an organization that provides mentoring opportunities for youth.

Told that the reason she is so successful is probably because she is also really talented, Jackson replied to Daily News columnist Jim Farber, "Now, you see, that's a feeling of fraudulence ... It's a feeling [like I'm] less than others, a feeling, like, 'What am I doing in this business? I should have gone back to school and studied law the way I wanted to.'" --October 11, 1998.

Jackson admitted to the Daily News (October 18, 1998) that she has battled anorexia and bulimia: "I never thought this could happen to me ... but I've actually had people say to me: 'Okay, you've got to start eating more. You're too thin.' But when you look in the mirror, you see something totally different. I had swung so far in one direction [of excessive eating], I never thought I could swing so far in the other. You're losing weight and getting smaller, and I'd still say to myself I could afford to lose a little more. And that's not good. I have to continue to keep my mind open and listen to the people around me, which has been the hardest thing to do."

Jackson on her musical family's much-publicized antics: "A lot of times you do take on shame ... If I see something on the news, I get embarrassed. It's not fair. It's not my fault." --From Daily News, October 11, 1998.

"Work is part of my genetic code; work is in my blood. My response to adversity's always the same: work harder." --Jackson to Rolling Stone, October 1, 1998.

"Growing up is a very difficult thing to do, but growing up in the public eye, in my family ... It just put extra Tobasco Sauce on it." --Jackson to The Dallas Morning News, September 4, 1998.

On her increasingly sexy public image: "Parents come up to me and say, 'What happened to 'Let's Wait Awhile?' and waiting to have sex? Now you're talking about 'You're smooth and shiny/Feel so good against my lips.' And I'm like, 'I'm 32--how long do you want me to wait before I have sex?'" --Jackson to The Dallas Morning News, September 4, 1998.

"All this is really new for me. Because I've never dated! In my family, we grew up Jehovah's Witnesses, so you're not supposed to date until you're thinking of marriage. Well, I got married when I was 18, and then I got an annulment, and then Rene came into my life. So here I am at 34, and I know nothing about the whole dating thing." --Janet Jackson quoted in USA Today, July 28, 2000.

"The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals," MTV was completely unaware of it. It was not my intention that it go as far as it did. I apologize to anyone offended -- including the audience, MTV, CBS and the N.F.L."---Jackson apologizing for the superbowl scandle she caused when her breast was revealed at the end of the perforance www.ew.com February 6, 2004

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husband:
James DeBarge. Singer. Eloped when Jackson was 18 in 1984; lived at the Jacksons's Encino ranch for several months before she had the marriage annulled; singer with the family pop group DeBarge; had a serious drug problem according to some reports.
husband:
Rene Elizondo. Born c. 1963; together from c. 1985 until they separated in 1999; filed for divorce in May 2000, bringing their nine year secret marriage to light; married on March 31, 1991.
companion:
Johnny Gill. Singer. Reportedly dated in spring 1999.
companion:
Justin Timberlake. Singer. Rumored to have dated in 2002.
companion:
Jermaine Dupri. Rapper. Announce that he has been dating Janet since 2001; rumored to have broken up in 2003; October 2003, rumored to be possibly back together and engaged.
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father:
Joseph Walter Jackson.
mother:
Katherine Esther Jackson.
sister:
Rebbie Jackson. Singer. Born on May 29, 1950.
brother:
Jackie Jackson. Singer. Born on May 4, 1951; was a member of the Jackson 5.
brother:
Tito Jackson. Singer. Born on October 15, 1953; was a member of the Jackson 5.
brother:
Jermaine Jackson. Singer. Born December 11, 1954; former member of the Jackson 5; has had such solo hits as "Dynamite".
sister:
LaToya Jackson. Singer, author, commercial spokesperson. Born on May 29, 1956; married manager Jack Gordon in September 1989; wrote "LaToya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family" (1991); has appeared as host of a latenight psychic network infomercial.
brother:
Marlon Jackson. Singer. Born on March 12, 1957; member of the Jackson 5.
brother:
Michael Jackson. Singer, songwriter. Born August 29, 1958; began as a member of the Jackson 5; has had many solo hits since the 1970s; played the Scarecrow in "The Wiz" (1978).
brother:
Randy Jackson. Born on October 29, 1961; member of the Jackson 5; sentenced to two years' probation for beating his wife, Eliza Shaffy Jackson, and their 14-month old daughter, Steveanna in November 1991; admitted to committing bankrupcy fraud in August, 2001.
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