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Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana) is an American pop/R&B singer, dancer, actress, and songwriter. She is the younger sister of Michael Jackson and has had many popular songs such as "Nasty," "Rhythm Nation," and "That's The Way Love Goes." Jackson also plays Patricia in the 2007 movie Why Did I Get Married? She is one of the best-selling artists in the history of pop music. In 2011 True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, a book written by Jackson and David Ritz, was published. The book reached number five in ''The New York Times'' Best Seller list.
Early life and career
Jackson was born to Katherine and Joe Jackson. She was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. She did not want to be an entertainer. She wanted to become a race-horse jockey. However her father planned for her to go into the show business. When Jackson was seven she went on stage in Las Vegas Strip with her siblings in a routine show at the MGM Casino.
In September 1979 Jackson started acting in A New Kind of Family. Her first album, Janet Jackson, was released on September 21, 1982 by A&M Records. Jackson won her first Grammy Award in 1987. On September 19, 1989 Jackson's fourth album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 was released. Eight singles were released from the album. In 1993 Jackson was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. On May 31 1995 "Scream", a song that Janet made with her older brother Michael Jackson, was released as the first single from Michael's album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. In June 2009 Michael died. In September 2009, she performed "Scream" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards as part of a tribute to Michael.
In 2010 Jackson acted in For Colored Girls.
Jackson has been married three times.
- Janet Jackson (1982)
- Dream Street (1984)
- Control (1986)
- Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
- janet. (1993)
- The Velvet Rope (1997)
- All for You (2001)
- Damita Jo (2004)
- 20 Y.O. (2006)
- Discipline (2008)
- Cornwell, Jane (2002), Janet Jackson, Carlton Books, pp. 2, 10, 24, ISBN 1-84222-464-6