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, Jackson met Joseph Jackson also living in East Chicago. Joseph obtained an annulment of an earlier marriage and began dating Katherine. After a year-long courtship, they married on November 5, 1949. … Read More


1963 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1963, Jackson, who was raised a Baptist, joined the Jehovah's Witness faith. … Read More
1966 36 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1950s until 1966, Jackson gave birth to ten children, including a pair of twins, Marlon and Brandon, the latter of whom died a few hours after birth.
1967 37 Years Old In 1967, after winning several talent shows in Gary, Joe Jackson decided to make the group a professional act when Gordon Keith an owner and vocalist at Gary's Steeltown Records, discovered and signed them to their first contract with him on November 21. … Read More
1969 39 Years Old Jackson began designing the group's costumes, which she continued until the group found national fame months after signing with Motown Records in March 1969.


1970 40 Years Old During the Jackson 5's 1970–71 heyday, Jackson – along with her three daughters and youngest son – was barely mentioned in the press. … Read More
1974 44 Years Old The following year, Joh'Vonnie Jackson, Joe's daughter with another woman named Cheryl Terrell was born on August 30, 1974. … Read More
1979 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Jackson attempted once again to divorce her husband in or around 1979, but again was persuaded to drop the action. … Read More


1984 54 Years Old Jackson 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. … Read More


1990 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 62 Years Old Jackson was portrayed by Angela Bassett in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream.
1997 67 Years Old In 1997, La Toya and Jackson 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
…  Jackson, along with the rest of her family, attended his memorial on July 7, 2009.
2012 82 Years Old On July 25, 2012, Jackson'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
2015 85 Years Old …  She most recently appeared at the BET Awards 2015 with daughter Janet Jackson as Janet accepted the Ultimate Icon Award.
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