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young janet jackson
A young Janet on the set of
the Carol Burnett Show in 1975.

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, into a famous famous entertainment family in which big brother Michael Jackson was already emerging as the superstar.

Janet who sometimes appeared with her brothers, the Jackson 5, was the darling younger sister - and often a novelty act to her older and more famous siblings.

As an adult performer, however, it was Janet who would begin to overshadow even her brother Michael's often controversial career.

As a child actor, Janet specialized in cute baby sister roles appearing in various sitcoms throughout the late 70's and 80's, i.e., Good Times, Diff'rent Strokes and Fame.

janet jacksonand justin timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl
Janet Jackson on the cover of Rolling
Stone magazine in September 1993.

She had tentatively made the transition from child actor to lightweight teen singer when her big break came with her mega-hit album, Control in which the former child star announced that her career was hers.

The album generated five top ten hits, including her signature "Nasty" that generated the popular catchphrase "My first name ain't baby, it's Janet. Miss Jackson if you're nasty".

Jackson followed up with her biggest ever album hit, Rhythm Nation 1814 resulting in an additional seven top ten hits, firmly establishing her career as an adult superstar.

Control over her physique was next on Jackson's list of career objectives when she emerged as a sexpot in the mid-90's in a string of steamy videos, along with a topless appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Her ultimate attention-getter came during the 2004 halftime show at the Super Bowl with Justin Timberlake when one of her breasts was exposed before a live television audience - in a move later apologetically described as a "wardrobe malfunction."

Janet Jackson began touring again in 2007, and later starred on the big screen opposite Tyler Perry in "Why Did I Get Married?"

That same year, Jackson released her 10th studio album, "Discipline", one of her least successful albums to date.

janet jackson and justin timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl
Jackson put "wardrobe malfunction"
into the popular lexicon following her
performance at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Janet was back in the headlines in 2009, reportedly heartbroken over the death of her brother Michael whose untimely demise at the age of 50 sparking worldwide headlines following news of his passing from cardiac arrest in June.

In April, 2010, Jackson was back on the movie set reprising her role in the Tyler Perry's sequel, "Why Did I Get Married Too?" and also starred in "Colored Girls" to critical acclaim.

Back in the news after seven years away from the recording studio, pop icon Janet Jackson is on the comeback trail after announcing a new album and world tour that kicked off in 2015.

Jackson made the big announcement on her Twitter feed in May and, a month later, officially announced the kick-off of her 36-date world tour, "Unbreakable", in support of her new album -- her first first since releasing "Discipline" in 2008.

But shortly thereafter -- in a surprise announement -- Jackson told her fans that she was "planning her family" with husband Wissam Al Mana, resulting in her postponing her tour. In October that same year, Jackson confirmed she was expecting her first child with Al Mana. Their son Eissa was born on January 3, 2017. And then a few short months later, Jackson and Al Mana announced their separation.  

In September, she was back on the road again revamping her Unbreakable World Tour, now known as the State of the World Tour.




Janet Jackson's "Unbreakable" world tour 2015 poster.


Personal life

If her career was all about "control", Jackson was also determined to keep a tight rein on her personal life. Despite her high profile, she has successfully hidden most of her romantic relationships from public view.

She eloped with her first husband, singer James DeBarge, in 1984, which ended in an annulment a year later.

Jackson' second husband, director and music producer Rene Elizondo, was called "one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood" after it was learned that they were married in 1991. The marriage only become public when Elizondo filed for divorce in 2000. (It was the hands of her then-unknown husband who cupped her breasts for the pop star's sensational Rolling Stone cover in 1993.)

Her marriage to her third husband, Qatari tycoon, Wissam Al Mana in 2012 ended in divorce proceedings in 2017.


More about Janet Jackson around the Web:

 


Janet Jackson
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MTV.com - Janet Jackson - A complete star profile with audio and video clips, photo gallery, music downloads, tour dates, news archives and a biography.

Janet Jackson - Topix.net - The latest news and features from around the Web.

 

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