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Birth name: La Toya Yvonne Jackson.
Also known as: La Toya Jackson Gordon.
Born: May 29, 1956 Gary, Indiana, United States.
La Toya Jackson biography (bio):
La Toya Jackson is an American singer, musician, New York Times Bestselling author, songwriter, actress, and the fifth child of the Jackson family. She had a semi-successful career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to the music spotlight in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs "Just Wanna Dance" and "Free The World". A forthcoming album entitled Startin' Over has yet to be released.
La Toya Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the fifth of nine children born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. After her mother became a devout Jehovah's Witness in 1966, Jackson, along with her siblings, was raised into the religion. Jackson would spend most of her time (alongside her mother) evangelising door-to-door. By 1974, Jackson was brought into the spotlight with her family after her father arranged the family to perform shows in Las Vegas and in other cities. By 1979, Jackson and her other sisters Rebbie and Janet formed a short-lived group, though they never sang live together and eventually broke away due to arguments over the direction of the group and lack of available rehearsal time. The next year, Jackson began work on her first solo album.
In 1980, Jackson released her self-titled debut. Aside from the top 40 R&B and dance placings of her first single, "If You Feel the Funk", the album failed to generate commercial interest. Her three subsequent albums also met with limited success, although she scored a modest Billboard Hot 100 hit with 1984's "Heart Don't Lie" single, which peaked at #56.
In 1988, Jackson released the album La Toya, which featured the single, "You're Gonna Get Rocked!". The album also included a track titled "Just Say No", which was written for the Reagan administration's anti-drug campaign. Neither the album or the singles managed to make any sort of impact, despite production by Full Force. The album is notable for being the first one Jackson released after changing her management. Jack Gordon became Jackson's new manager following the departure of her father. The pair later married in 1989, into a relationship which, Jackson claims, was an abusive one. The marriage ended in 1996, after Gordon beat Jackson for refusing to perform.
In 1989, the Bad Girl album was first released. The album is one of the few in her back catalogue that remains in print, and can be found under various titles and covers.
Jackson later released two cover albums, one of country music and another of Motown hits, in the mid-1990s. She plans to release her first album in over a decade with Startin' Over. The album has been delayed several times: Jackson's record label, Ja-Tail Records (distributed through Universal Music Group) has stated that extenuating circumstances have prevented the release. As of mid-2007, a release date has yet to be confirmed; the last tentative one having passed in Summer 2006.
On December 21, 2006, Jackson issued a "newsletter" from her official website, apologizing for the delays, and stating that a final release date will be announced soon.
After a two-year hiatus, Jackson's new single "I Don't Play That" was released to radio in January of 2007. The single will not, according to Jackson's management, appear on the still forthcoming Startin' Over album, which has now been delayed for five straight years.
Playboy and the Jackson family estrangement:
In 1989, Jackson ventured into modelling. Jackson states in her autobiography that Gordon coaxed her into posing nude for Playboy, showing her breasts, buttocks and pubis area. Her first cover and layout was one of the most successful issues in Playboy's history. At its time of release, it sold over 8 million copies, going on to become the best selling issue of the magazine ever. She posed again in Playboy in 1991 to promote her autobiography and subsequently in a 1994 video for the magazine, becoming one of the first celebrities to have a Playboy video aired. It was later revealed that Jackson initially refused to pose for the second spread and for the video, however, Gordon beat her into submission.
After marrying Gordon in September 1989, Jackson distanced herself from certain members of her family, although she claims to have spoken with several of her siblings during this period. Her 1991 autobiography La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family was probably the main reason for this estrangement, as it made scathing criticisms of several family members, including the allegation that her father physically abused members of the family, notably herself and sister Rebbie. Rebbie Jackson denied these claims, while other members of the family hypothesised that that part of the book had, in fact, been written by Gordon.
In 1993, Jackson, at a press conference overseas, declared that she believed rumors that brother Michael had sexually abused children. The initial accusations of child molestation surfaced that year, prompting members of the family to refute the charges, claiming that Jackson was "controlled and used" by Gordon - Jackson's father wrote about Gordon's control in his book The Jacksons. Two years later, she made headlines again for announcing the so-called "Jackson Family Secret Phone Number Line". In 1996, however, Jackson walked out on Gordon after he attempted to force her to dance at a strip club in Cleveland, Ohio. The former Jehovah's Witness (she was shunned in 1987) refused to do so and in return, was booed and heckled by the predominantly male crowd.
In 1997, she ended her estrangement with the entire Jackson family and returned home to Hayvenhurst. That year, she divorced Gordon. Jackson has no children and currently resides in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Armed and Famous:
On January 10, 2007, the reality TV show Armed and Famous premiered on CBS starring Jackson and other minor celebrities. The show was eventually removed from the CBS lineup, having been criticised for its inability to compete with American Idol. VH1 subsequently decided to air the show, also re-running the episodes that had previously aired on CBS.
On the show, Jackson demonstrated her phobia of cats, after she began hysterically screaming and locked herself in a squad car. This fear, she revealed, was due to a childhood memory in which a relative was attacked by a cat. She underwent on-screen therapy to try and relieve her of her phobia. A single entitled "Armed and Famous" was planned, but the title was changed to "I Don't Play That" shortly before it was sent to radio stations on January 29, 2007, due to CBS' cancellation of the show.