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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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ff on another wildly popular, highly theatrical world tour while the family fortunes suffered a massive shift. Brother Michael's popularity took a major hit that year after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriate sexual relations with a child in his care. The two siblings had always been extremely close, though the littlest Jackson maintained distance from the rest of her media-seeking family. She stood by to support and defend her big brother as his legal troubles were tirelessly analyzed by the media, and his popularity began to wane for the first time in his career. Likewise, when estranged sister La Toya published a memoir that year accusing Jackson's parents of abuse, Jackson refuted the notorious drama queen's recollection.The following year, it was Jackson who leveraged her own fame to help revive the image of best brother, Michael. The pair teamed to write and perform the song "Scream;" an unexpectedly biting backlash against the media scrutiny that Jackson had endured of late. The passionate, explosive song became a hit and the inordinately expensive music video went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. After doing her part for Mike, what followed was a period of...

ff on another wildly popular, highly theatrical world tour while the family fortunes suffered a massive shift. Brother Michael's popularity took a major hit that year after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriate sexual relations with a child in his care. The two siblings had always been extremely close, though the littlest Jackson maintained distance from the rest of her media-seeking family. She stood by to support and defend her big brother as his legal troubles were tirelessly analyzed by the media, and his popularity began to wane for the first time in his career. Likewise, when estranged sister La Toya published a memoir that year accusing Jackson's parents of abuse, Jackson refuted the notorious drama queen's recollection.

The following year, it was Jackson who leveraged her own fame to help revive the image of best brother, Michael. The pair teamed to write and perform the song "Scream;" an unexpectedly biting backlash against the media scrutiny that Jackson had endured of late. The passionate, explosive song became a hit and the inordinately expensive music video went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. After doing her part for Mike, what followed was a period of depression and relative inactivity for Jackson. Virgin Records re-signed her to an $80 million deal in 1996, and she justified their faith by channeling her emotional recovery into the album The Velvet Rope, a well-received collection of highly personal songs that went triple-platinum within a year. The album addressed Jackson's battle with depression, her self-image problems, family woes and how she had escaped an abusive relationship. Among its top singles were "Together Again" and "I Get Lonely." Jackson rounded out the decade with another multi-media touring extravaganza, and returned to movie theaters in the summer of 2000 by playing the scientist fiancée of Eddie Murphy's Professor Klump in the family comedy, "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000). Then Jackson's heretofore unknown husband, Rene Elizondo, Jr., filed for divorce, leaving not only fans but family members stunned to learn that the heavily scrutinized artist had been married for eight years in what was one of Hollywood's best-kept secrets.

Her seventh album, All For You, proved that Jackson was still holding steady as the Queen of Pop, leaving contenders Madonna and Britney Spears in the dust by debuting at number one on the Billboard album charts. The title track hit number one and earned a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, while Jackson's romantic life rebounded with a relationship with producer Jermaine Dupri. Unlike siblings Michael and La Toya, Jackson had largely avoided any spotlight being shown on her personal life and had generally avoided controversy throughout her career. All that changed on Feb. 1, 2004, while Jackson was performing a duet with pop star Justin Timberlake during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVIII. Timberlake reached over at the climax of the segment and pulled off Jackson's breakaway black leather bustier, exposing her right breast (and sunburst-shaped nipple clamp) on live global television. The incident incited a massive media frenzy and public uproar, with outraged broadcaster CBS disavowing advance knowledge of the stunt and blaming its corporate sibling and halftime producer MTV, which had promised a "shocking" show. Timberlake issued a public apology for the "wardrobe malfunction," explaining that a red brassiere under the breakaway black bustier had inadvertently been torn away as well. The NFL and FCC launched investigations into the incident and Jackson eventually announced that she had privately concocted the stunt on her own and issued a videotaped public apology.

In the wake of the scandal, Jackson was asked to withdraw from an appearance on the Grammys to deliver an award to Luther Vandross, though Timberlake was allowed to perform on the show. It was later revealed that CBS would have allowed her to appear if she had issued another apology from the Grammy stage, as Timberlake did. The various broadcast television networks also had knee-jerk reactions to the stunt, with NBC and ABC adding stricter censoring of partial nudity on their lineup, and ABC issuing a five-second broadcast delay on the Academy Awards ceremony. To some, "Boobgate" seemed suspiciously timed, as Jackson was about to release the album Damita Jo after several years of silence. The coverage proved to have a negative effect, and the album performed poorly when compared to her unbroken record of solid hits. Having produced 27 Top Ten hits by that point in her career, none of the singles on the racy Damita Jo broke into the Top 40. Further bruising the Jackson family honor that year, brother Michael was in the legal crosshairs again for another child sexual abuse allegation, and again his sister was by his side, often escorting him to his court dates in Santa Barbara in a show of solidarity.

Jackson was at the center of two new scandals that broke within days of one another in 2005. First, claims surfaced that at age 18, the singer mothered a secret daughter during her brief marriage to James DeBarge, and that child was allegedly raised by her sister Rebbie, which Jackson vehemently denied. Hot on the heels of that headline grabber was a paparazzi video clip showing Jackson sunbathing nude, which made Internet rounds before the popster's attorney had it removed, threatening legal action to anyone showing it. Whether her tarnished image was to blame or whether Jackson had simply aged out of the ever-turning pop music cycle, her 2006 release 20 Y.O., a nod to the 20th anniversary of her career breakout Control, was marked by a lukewarm reception. While the album did reach No. 2 on the album charts, it sold just over a million copies and produced no significant radio singles. Jackson did, however, earn a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album and kicked off another world tour in March of 2007. While on the road, she could simultaneously be seen on movie screens in "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?" The film did well with audiences and won Jackson a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, but movie critics were not impressed by Jackson's surprisingly restrained screen presence.

Jackson released her tenth studio album, Discipline, on the Island Def Jam label, where it sold under a half million copies but did produce her highest charting single since 2001, "Feedback," which hit No. 19. Following another explosive live tour in 2008, Jackson re-teamed with filmmaker Perry for the sequel "Why Did I Get Married Too?" (2010). She was working on the film set in the summer of 2009 when on the 25th of June, she received word that her brother Michael had died in Los Angeles, reportedly of cardiac arrest at age 50. As the world plunged into shock and mourning not seen on that scale since the 1997 death of Princess Diana, the family gathered together at their Encino compound. As had been the case throughout the family's career, the lesser-known Jacksons were only too willing to step forward and grab a piece of the media action. Michael's closest family confidante offered emotional yet dignified statements at the BET Awards and comforted her niece, Paris, as the youngster spoke emotionally of her father at Jackson's July memorial service, before she quietly slipped back to work. Later that fall, Jackson offered a crowd-pleasing tribute, dancing alongside footage of her brother in their "Scream" video at the Video Music Awards, but those heartfelt gestures stood out among the endless media coverage and the swarm of tangentially related hangers-on seeking to cash in on one of the biggest show business deaths in history - now considered a homicide after Michael Jackson's toxicology results and police reports clearly showed a doctor-administered drug overdose.e sexualized persona, Jackson set o

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

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 Poetic Justice (1993) Justice
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 Love Your Mama (1990) Nursery School Teacher
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 Before They Were Stars! (2002) Featuring
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 44th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2002) Presenter
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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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