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Katherine Jackson

Matriarch of the Jackson Family
Born May 4, 1930

Katherine Esther Jackson is the matriarch of the Jackson musical family.

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1930 Birth Born on May 4, 1930.


1947 17 Years Old In 1947, Katherine met Joseph Jackson.
1949 19 Years Old After a year-long courtship that started after Jackson annulled an early marriage, they married in November 1949. … Read More


1963 33 Years Old In 1963, Joe Jackson formed The Jackson Brothers with three of their eldest sons Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. … Read More
1966 36 Years Old A year later, Joe enlisted Michael and older brother Marlon Jackson into the group not as vocalists, but as backing instrumentalists, playing percussion. It wouldn't be until 1966 that Joe Jackson began to see seven-year-old Michael's overall talents three years after Katherine's discovery. … Read More
1967 37 Years Old In 1967, after winning several talent shows in Gary, Joe Jackson decided to make the group a professional act.
1969 39 Years Old It was then that Katherine began designing the group's costumes, which she continued until the group found fame months after signing with Motown Records in 1969.


1970 40 Years Old During the Jackson 5's 1970-71 heyday, Katherine - along with her three daughters and youngest son - was barely mentioned in the press. … Read More
1974 44 Years Old She detailed that her husband on more than a few occasions had committed adultery, one of which resulted in the birth of a daughter named Joh'Vonnie Jackson with another woman named Cheryl Terrell on August 30, 1974. … Read More


1982 52 Years Old On his 1982 album, Thriller, Michael Jackson dedicated the album to her. … Read More
1984 54 Years Old Katherine started to become part of her husband's management team when the grown-up members of the group (which renamed themselves The Jacksons after splitting from Motown in 1975) reunited for the Victory Tour in 1984.
1985 55 Years Old In 1985, acknowledging what was then a positive impact on her children's successful music careers, national urban magazine Essence honored her as "Mother of the Year".


1990 60 Years Old In 1990, Jackson released her autobiography, My Family, which documented her early years and her relationship with her husband and their children, eight of whom wrote salutes to their mother in the book's foreword.
1991 61 Years Old In her 1991 memoirs, La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family, La Toya alleged that Katherine was emotionally abusive, charges Katherine denied to the press and blamed Gordon, who married La Toya in 1989, for "brainwashing" her.
1992 62 Years Old Katherine Jackson was portrayed by Angela Bassett in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream.
1997 67 Years Old In 1997, La Toya and Katherine reconciled after she filed for divorce from Gordon.
2004 74 Years Old Patricia Idlette portrayed her in the 2004 film Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story. … Read More
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died after suffering a cardiac arrest.
2012 82 Years Old On July 25, 2012, Katherine's guardianship of the children was suspended by the court amid allegations that she may have been held against her will by several Jackson family members as a result of a financial dispute between those family members and the Michael Jackson Estate. … Read More
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