La Toya Jackson
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
La Toya Jackson
La Toya Yvonne Jackson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson family. She maintained a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs "Just Wanna Dance" and "Free the World". An EP called Starting Over was released June 21, 2011.
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Southwest Airlines will end flights to Key West, 2 other cities; cites lack of profits
Canadian Business - about 3 years
DALLAS – Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that it will end service in June to Key West, Fla.; Jackson, Miss.; and Branson, Mo., because it can’t make money serving the smaller markets. The changes come as the company works on folding AirTran Airways — which served many smaller cities — into the Southwest brand by the end of 2014. The Dallas-based airline is the nation’s fourth-biggest airline by passenger traffic. Southwest said the closures would eliminate 39 jobs and the employees would be offered jobs in other cities or given severance packages. Southwest began serving Jackson in 1997 and converted AirTran service in Key West and Branson to its own planes after it bought AirTran in 2011. The company said that it would operate full schedules to all three airports until the closures. Airlines have been reducing service to smaller towns for several years. High fuel prices have made small planes used on those routes unprofitable because the cost of fuel is divided among fewe ...
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Tyler Sets Another OWN Network High
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tyler Perry has done it again! After setting an OWN network record earlier this year with the premiere of his original series, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” the media mogul recently set another milestone with the channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hour long drama’s July 30 episode netted a total of 2 million viewers, bringing the show’s season average viewership to 1.7 million. The show’s exceptional ratings adds to the its success. It debuted in March drawing 1.77 million viewers during its 9pm airing followed by an increase of 1.8 million viewers, beating out La Toya Jackson’s “Life With La Toya,” which previously held the network’s highest show debut with 1.8 million viewers. Perry credited his experience growing up in New Orleans as inspiration for creating and producing OWN’s highest rated series. "Everything that I write about, I write from my own experiences," Perry admitted earlier this year during an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter. ...
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WATCH: La Toya Makes Shocking Bedroom Confession About Ex-Husband
Huffington Post - over 3 years
La Toya Jackson married her one-time manager Jack Gordon in 1989, enduring a seven-year marriage to a man she has alleged was physically abusive. Along with the fear and brutality La Toya says she experienced during that marriage, she recently made another shocking confession about the relationship. Confronted by best friend Kathy Hilton about why La Toya abruptly stopped dating a kind man named George and what La Toya seems to be hiding behind her happy smile, La Toya says it all comes back to Gordon. "After my ex, I couldn't trust anybody, Kathy," La Toya says. "There was a point where I was really embarrassed to talk about my ex-husband." Kathy keeps digging. "I'm going to ask you a personal question," she says to La Toya. "Did you have sex with him?" "Absolutely not," La Toya answers firmly. "He forced himself one time and I screamed and I screamed and I screamed." Kathy says she suspected that La Toya was never intimate with Gordon, but also has a deeper quest ...
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Paris Jackson's Alleged Suicide Attempt: La Toya Jackson "Grateful" for Concern ... - E! Online
Google News - over 3 years
E! Online Paris Jackson's Alleged Suicide Attempt: La Toya Jackson "Grateful" for Concern ... E! Online La Toya Jackson is looking out for her niece. "We are grateful and appreciate the overwhelming concern for Paris from both the public and the media, but request privacy at this time while our family handles these issues together," Michael Jackson's older ... Paris Jackson is "physically fine," attorney saysCBS News Paris Jackson -- Left Suicide Note, Cut Arm with Meat Michael Jackson's teen daughter attempts suicide -motherReuters New York Daily News -People Magazine -Newsday all 432 news articles »
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WATCH: New Song Alert! La Toya Teams Up With RuPaul
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As a part of music's most famous family, La Toya Jackson has seen her fair share of recording booths -- but she's never experienced a recording session quite like this one with drag superstar/singer/actor RuPaul. LaToya teamed up with RuPaul for her new European-inspired dance song, "Feel Like Dancing." In this clip from "Life With La Toya," the two head into the studio to record the number after finalizing the upbeat track and writing the lyrics. It's not the smoothest start, but once La Toya and RuPaul get settled in, the recording session takes off. Raps La Toya, "I don't care what they say about me. 'Life With La Toya,' that's who I be. Got a problem with all my cash? Then tell 'em, RuPaul..." "Y'all can kiss her ass!" RuPaul finishes. Toss in a few funny outtakes, some bubbles and the duo's own dance moves, and it's a recording session to remember. "This was exactly -- I mean exactly -- what I was looking for," La Toya says after the song is recorded. "T ...
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Is the Jackson With The Most Outrageous Style?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Although La Toya Jackson may be one of the lesser-known Jacksons, she has still had a career to rival most anyone in Hollywood. As a singer, author, television personality, actress, philanthropist and former model, there is little La Toya hasn't done. Not only has she had Billboard-topping songs, but she has also won a slew of awards and and posed for one of the most famous Playboy covers in history. It's obvious that crazy talent and killer dance moves run in the family, but it's also worth noting the Jacksons' wild fashion choices -- and La Toya can certainly hold her own when it comes to outlandish ensembles. In celebration of her 57th birthday (on May 29), we are taking a look at her 10 craziest outfits to date -- for us, it's between the Princess Leia-inspired bikini top and the corset dress. Check out Michael Jackson's style evolution: Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest ...
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La Toya Jackson shock interview on The Talk, Jeanne Cooper tribute (VIDEOS)
Monsters and Critics - almost 4 years
The Talk tune in: LaToya Jackson is "Very Surprised" by Wade Robson allegations against Michael Jackson.
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WATCH: Single Since 1996?!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La Toya Jackson has been divorced from her allegedly abusive ex-husband, Jack Gordon, for more than 14 years. In that time, she has been busy starting her life over: She's started Ja-Tail, her company with friend and business partner Jeffré Phillips, she's written a memoir and an album (both entitled "Starting Over"), she's starred on "Celebrity Apprentice" (twice), and she landed her own docu-series on OWN. The one thing La Toya hasn't had time for is a love life. In this clip from "Life with La Toya," she reluctantly agrees to meet with mother-and-daughter matchmakers Sherri Murphy and Tammi Pickle. "This is really major, you guys!" La Toya says in the clip. "I don't have experience at dating... So I'm really nervous!" Sherri and Tammi waste no time getting right down to business, jumping into their first question: How long has La Toya been single? The middle Jackson sister surprises the duo when she answers, "Ever since I actually got a divorce -- in '96." La Toya ...
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WATCH: La Toya Jackson Details Ex's Abuse
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La Toya Jackson stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to dish on her new reality series on OWN, "Life with La Toya." Also on the agenda? Opening up about her abusive ex-husband, Jack Gordon. "He felt that he owned me and he controlled me, he abused me, he did all these things to me and I never thought that I would get away," she told host Marc Lamont Hill. Ultimately, Jackson was able to end the relationship and filed for divorce in 1996 after seven years of marriage. She told Hill that she hopes her story inspires others. "I want women to know can live your life, you can regain and re-own yourself and be free and do whatever you want to do. You can start over as long and as many times as you want until you feel that you've gotten it right," she said. Watch the video above for more on Jackson's story, then click through the slideshow below for some of the worst celebrity exes: Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Divorce on Facebook and Twitter. ...
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WATCH: La Toya Says Ex-Husband 'Abusive,' Had 'Strong Ties... To The Mafia'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La Toya Jackson and Paris Hilton's mom, Kathy Hilton, go way back. They went to high school together, and when they were teenagers, they even joined Michael Jackson in making a secret pact about their future children. But not even a friend as close as Kathy knew the extent of the alleged abuse and terror that existed in La Toya's seven-year marriage to manager Jack Gordon. "[Jack] was not a good guy," La Toya says in this clip from "Life with La Toya." "I was brainwashed by him. I really felt like a robot. I was being beaten. He dictated my career choices ... He made me say the things that he wanted me to say in my interviews." Adding another layer of fear to La Toya's marriage was her husband's alleged mob associations. "He had very strong ties and connection to the mafia," she claims. Yet even in the midst of this alleged abuse and terror, La Toya says, something finally made her ready to leave her husband. She says that Jack told her that for her next career move, ...
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WATCH: How La Toya Feels About MJ's Annual Memorial Service
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Ever since Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, people have gathered in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, for an annual memorial honoring the King of Pop. This candlelight vigil is held each year on Michael's birthday (August 29) and is typically attended by several members of the Jackson family. But La Toya Jackson, the middle Jackson sibling, did not attend her late brother's last annual memorial, -- a choice she explains in this clip from the "Life With La Toya" series premiere. "I didn't want the memories of being sad," she tells her mother Katherine on the phone. With Michael's annual memorial once again approaching, La Toya must decide whether or not she will travel to Indiana this time. "It's not going to be sad, is it?" La Toya asks her mom. "No, no, not at all," Katherine tells her. Reassured, La Toya agrees to attend. "You've convinced me to come," she tells her mother in the clip. "I was going to be sad about it, but I guess if you're not sad, then there's ...
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WATCH: La Toya Jackson's Pact With Michael
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Her entire life, La Toya Jackson says, she's done what everyone else wanted her to do. When her father wanted her to join the famous Jackson family in show business, La Toya did. When her manager pushed her to pose for Playboy, La Toya did. With everything from her music to her career choices, the middle Jackson sibling has taken a back seat in the decision-making. "Someone else has been pulling the strings… until now," she says in this clip. "Things are about to change." La Toya is starting over and doing things her own way, from possibly adopting a child to dating to moving into her dream home. And it all unfolds on the new OWN series "Life with La Toya." In this five-minute sneak peek from the show, the "Celebrity Apprentice" star and singer moves into a hotel so she can begin searching for her dream home -- but it's not quite what La Toya expected. "It's a little small, but it'll work out," she says of her room. "It will be fine... Maybe I can do something with this ...
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Dennis Rodman Slams Omarosa's 'Crocodile Tears'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Dennis Rodman stopped by "Late Night" and gave an incredibly bizarre interview in which he insulted his ex Carmen Electra and fellow fired "Apprentice" star Omarosa. When Jimmy told Dennis he felt like he’s seeing him everywhere lately -- in North Korea, on TV -- Rodman pointed out, “Well not with Carmen Electra ... The other guy. She needs the money.” And Jimmy laughed uncomfortably. Of course, Rodman and Electra had a strange relationship in the late ‘90s, getting married in Vegas, the filing for an annulment, then reconciling and ... divorcing. We didn't know Dennis wasn't over it. Rodman also had strong words for his "Celebrity Apprentice" co-star Omarosa. “She had those crocodile tears. ‘Oh my God. My husband died!’ Really, (bleep)? Really (bleep)? Really? Really (bleep)?” Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, Omarosa’s fiance, died at age 54 in September. So, yeah. Maybe Dennis should watch what he says. Fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestant La Toya Jackson sai ...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Hair Care Hijinks
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
To Donald Trump Celebrity Apprentice is "more than a just show" – it's a reality TV landmark he said last week in a spurt of typically self-congratulating rhetoric But even Trump who surely has seen his fair share of board room brouhahas couldn't believe what unfolded last episode when La Toya Jackson...
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Omarosa’s Tears Take Center Stage On Emotional All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Radar Online - almost 4 years
The curtain fell on another famous face on Sunday’s edition of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, while the person named reality TV’s top all-time villain showed their softer side, and we’ve got all the details right here on SPOILER ALERT: Who Was Eliminated On All-Star Celebrity Apprentice? After leading her team to victory, Omarosa burst into tears while remembering her late fiance, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who tragically died on September 3 at the age of 54. After Trump announced her team was the winner, Omarosa — who’s competing to raise funds for Sue Duncan Children’s Center, a cause which Michael was involved with – cried as she thought of her late love. PHOTOS:  All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Cast Parties In Las Vegas “I just miss him so much,” she said of the actor, who left a vivid legacy on film with performances in The Green Mile, Armageddon and Sin City. “I think it’s a great tribute to Michael.” Trump comforted his longtime associate, telling th ...
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La Toya Jackson Denies Control Over MJ's Kids
ABC News - almost 4 years
  La Toya Jackson is denying published reports that she has signed her late brother’s children to her talent management agency and is managing their careers. The New York Post reported Sunday that Jackson, 56, had signed Michael Jackson’s children, 16-year-old Prince, 14-year-old Paris and...
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WATCH: Has Gary Busey Truly Lost It?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La Toya Jackson. Meat Loaf. Joan Rivers. Gene Simmons. Over the last five seasons, "Celebrity Apprentice" has played host to some of the most wild and unpredictable celebrities on the planet. But only one was an "angel in an Earth suit."
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SNEAK PEEK: The All-Stars Claws Are Out For 'Celebrity Apprentice'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Celebrity Apprentice" is back with what is sure to be an explosive all-star season. NBC released a trailer for the "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" installment at the 2013 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour and it is chockfull of drama. Lisa Rinna vs. Gary Busey, La Toya Jackson vs. Omarosa and many more showdowns are in store when "Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars" premieres on Sunday, March 3 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC. Check out the trailer below and check out all the all-star contestants here.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of La Toya Jackson
  • 2016
    Age 29
    In 2016 she collaborated with Iranian-American pop star Andy (singer) on the single "Tehran" where she sings in Farsi.
    More Details Hide Details La Toya Jackson has a three-octave vocal range which soars to a high D#6 in her single, "Bet'cha Gonna Need My Lovin'." The Evening Independent says that she has an "attractive, pleasant voice that is matured and controlled." Andrew Hamilton of AllMusic describes her voice as a light, wispy "sexy whisper". Like her siblings, Michael and Janet, she is mainly a pop, R&B and dance music performer but she has also dabbled in rock as heard in her song, "No More Drama" and reggae in her signature song "Heart Don't Lie." Like many other Jacksons, most notably Michael, she cites James Brown as a "major influence". When Jackson headlined the Moulin Rouge she paid homage to La Goulue and cited Josephine Baker as an influence. L'Express hailed Jackson as "the new Josephine Baker." According to academic Bennetta Jules-Rosette, "Through careful planning, she was able to model a successful part of her career abroad on the master tropes of a Baker-like image. Jackson exemplifies Baudrillard's notion that neither the message nor the content count as much as the referentiality of the signifier in postmodern performative discourse."
  • 2013
    Age 26
    It was falsely reported that on December 6, 2013 Jackson married her business partner Jeffre Phillips in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details On December 16 TMZ reported that La Toya and Jeffre stated that they have not married and this was reaffirmed on Oprah: Where Are They Now? Jeffre had publicly asked her to marry him in an episode of her reality series that recently aired. His decision to propose to La Toya was prompted by their friend Brenda Harvey Richie (ex-wife of Lionel Richie) who noted that they had been best friends for 15 years as he became La Toya's business partner after Jack Gordon. He did so with the permission of La Toya's father, Joe Jackson. Recently it has been reported that LaToya Jackson and Jeffre' Phillips have canceled their engagement, but remain close. Currently, she and Jeffre are also the executive producers of a documentary called "Dancing in Jaffa" which follows 150 young Jewish and Palestinian Israelis as they dance together in unity by putting their cultural differences aside.
    In September 2013, Jackson made her stage debut in a week-long engagement in the off-Broadway musical, Newsical.
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    Also in 2013, Jackson rejoined the newest cast for The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson lasted until the 3rd episode of the season, when she was fired on an episode titled "I'm Being Punked By A Jackson". Jackson volunteered to be the project manager on a task that saw the cast creating a Soap Opera themed commercial for Crystal Light. Jackson's team lost the task and she subsequently was fired by Donald Trump. Unlike her first appearance on the show, Trump specifically stated that he would not allow Jackson to return to the show after being fired.
    In 2013, Jackson started her own reality series called Life With La Toya which is premiered on Oprah Winfrey's OWN.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    Jackson's second memoir, Starting Over, was released in the United States on June 21, 2011 through Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
    More Details Hide Details An EP, also called Starting Over,was released the same day via digital outlets.
    Jackson took part in NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, which aired from March through May 2011 and raised $65,000 for her chosen charity, AIDS Project Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details La Toya was "fired" from Celebrity Apprentice in episode 8 during season 11, which aired on April 24, 2011 on NBC. In an Apprentice first, Jackson was rehired in the following episode, as she felt she couldn't defend her case. La Toya was fired for the second time on May 8, 2011 and became the first person in history to be fired from The Apprentice twice within the same season. She was also the first guest judge to appear in two episodes of season three of RuPaul's Drag Race. She also served as guest judge on the 17th season of America's Next Top Model.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    In 2010, Jackson launched Dream Cream, a hand cream for German cosmetics firm Alessandro International, and named Teddy Riley head of Ja-Tail Records' music division.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    La Toya Jackson was one of the first siblings present at Reagan-UCLA Medical Center on June 25, 2009, after brother Michael Jackson was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac arrest.
    More Details Hide Details She was named as the informant on her brother's death certificate. Jackson requested a second autopsy to be carried out after noting suspicious medical paraphernalia in Michael's rented house, evasive behavior by his doctors, and discovering that $2 million in cash and jewels had gone missing. On July 13, an interview was published in News of the World and the Daily Mail wherein Jackson went public with her conclusion that Michael was murdered. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Jackson's death a homicide weeks later.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    The final version of Startin' Over was completed in late 2008, just before Jackson joined the cast of Celebrity Big Brother.
    More Details Hide Details A new lead single, "Love, Honor, and Obey", planned for a summer 2009 release, was put on hold because of the death of La Toya's younger brother Michael. Instead, "Home" was released on July 28, 2009 in Michael's memory with all proceeds going to AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of his favorite charities.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    She was the second member of the Jackson family to be on the show, the first being her brother Jermaine in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson's goal in participating in show was to get over her shyness and "mix with people who I'd never normally meet." She was the fourth person evicted from the house,
    On January 10, 2007, the reality TV show Armed & Famous premiered on CBS starring Jackson and other celebrities.
    More Details Hide Details The program documented Jackson's basic training and service as a reserve police officer with the Muncie Police Department. Jackson maintains her badge by continuing to volunteer as a deputy. The show was eventually removed from the CBS lineup, due to its inability to compete with American Idol. VH1 subsequently aired the remaining episodes. 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 caused by a childhood memory in which a relative was attacked by a cat. She underwent on-screen therapy to try to relieve her of this phobia. A single called "Armed and Famous" was planned but the title was changed to "I Don't Play That" shortly before it was sent to radio stations, where it failed to take off, on January 29, 2007, due to CBS' cancellation of the show.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    In 2005 she appeared on ABC News to recant her previous allegations and defend brother Michael against new charges of child abuse.
    More Details Hide Details VH1 described Jackson as a role model having weathered various successes and setbacks. The perception of Jackson as an underdog and her support for LGBT rights has led her to be declared a gay icon.
    After Jack Gordon's death in 2005, Jackson was free to speak more openly about the control he exerted over her life.
    More Details Hide Details She sent a security expert to eyewitness that Gordon had not faked his death a second time.
  • 2003
    Age 16
    The 2003 promotional copy of Startin' Over leaked online in 2006, however Jackson's management revealed that the entire album was being re-recorded with an all-new track list and updated sound.
    More Details Hide Details That year Jackson became the spokeswoman for Australian malt beverage Star Ice's US launch.
    Jackson publicly re-emerged on Larry King Live on March 9, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Her appearance caused CNN's phone lines to stay busy for hours and was King's highest-rated show in three years. Jackson announced her first musical project in six years, Startin' Over. Startin' Over's lead single was 2004's "Just Wanna Dance", released independently under her pseudonymous nickname "Toy" in order to avoid any prejudices DJs might hold against La Toya Jackson's name. The plan worked, with "Just Wanna Dance" reaching #13 on the US Billboard Hot Dance chart. "Free the World" was released later that year to similar success. Jackson's label, Ja-Tail Records secured a deal with Universal Music Group to distribute the album, which was delayed several times due to extenuating circumstances.
  • 1994
    Age 7
    Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: La Toya Jackson was released in the first quarter of 1994 and sold roughly 50,000 copies.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson later released two albums, one of country music, From Nashville to You, and another of Motown hits, Stop in the Name of Love, in the mid-1990s. When Jackson became aware that Gordon was planning to feature her in a pornographic film she decided she'd had enough. Jackson phoned brother Randy who flew to New York to help her escape while Gordon was out. Only days later, La Toya filed for divorce from Las Vegas and sued Gordon in civil court for years of abuse under the Violence Against Women Act. She changed her name from La Toya Jackson-Gordon to La Toya Jackson thusforth dropping use of her former middle name Yvonne. La Toya Jackson ended her estrangement with the entire Jackson family and returned home to Hayvenhurst. Jackson forgave her parents for her stifled upbringing reasoning, "I've come to realize that as we get older, we grow and learn a lot more. And I think that my father and my mother, they raised children the best way they know how." According to La Toya, Michael knew that she was forced to attack him in the press against her will and he did not blame her. "He never held any of that against me, I remember when I'd got away from this total hell I'd been through where I'd been beaten, abused, controlled and forced to say those terrible things about Michael, which I didn't for a moment believe, he held out his arms and just hugged me.
    In 1994, Jackson again worked for Playboy Entertainment, becoming one of the very first celebrities to have a Celebrity Centerfold video.
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  • 1993
    Age 6
    In 1993 Jackson held a concert at Poland's Sopot International Song Festival and released a step aerobics exercise video, Step-Up Workout.
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    In December 1993 Gordon hastily arranged a press conference in Tel Aviv, where he had Jackson read a statement claiming to believe the sensational sex abuse allegation against her younger brother Michael might be true.
    More Details Hide Details This was an abrupt reversal of her previous defense of Michael against the charges. Gordon claimed La Toya had proof which she was prepared to disclose for a fee of $500,000. A bidding war between US and UK tabloids began, but fell through when they realized that her revelations were not what she had claimed them to be. According to La Toya, Gordon threatened to have siblings Michael and Janet killed if she didn't follow his orders. Under Gordon's management, Jackson's career declined with his booking of disreputable jobs such as spokesperson for the Psychic Friends Network. Because of Gordon's steady stream of publicity stunts and her media portrayal as the Jackson family "black sheep" La Toya had become a hate figure of sorts. By the mid-1990s Jackson's finances were in disarray and she was forced to file for bankruptcy in order to stave off claims of $650,000 in damages to the Moulin Rouge for ending her contract early.
    In 1993 in their New York home, Gordon beat Jackson repeatedly with a heavy brass dining room chair, leaving Jackson with black eyes, swollen lip and chin "the size of a clenched fist", cuts requiring 12 mouth stitches and contusions on her face, arms, legs and back.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson lost consciousness during the beating, leading Gordon to believe she was dead. She recalled, "He called his friends and said, 'She's dead. I killed her,' because I was lying in a puddle of blood and I was out." Gordon was arrested but then released, claiming he beat Jackson in self-defense.
  • 1992
    Age 5
    In October 1992, while taping an Exotic Club Tour in Minneapolis Jackson approached sister Janet Jackson, also in town recording her fifth studio album with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, to ask for help in escaping Gordon.
    More Details Hide Details Janet struck La Toya, accusing her elder sister of recording their conversation.
    In 1992, Jackson signed a contract with the Moulin Rouge in Paris to star in her own revue, Formidable.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson was to perform two shows a night, six nights a week. Jackson was the highest paid performer in the cabaret's history earning a reported $5 million. Though Formidable was successful, selling out on most nights, Jackson departed half-way into her year-long contract owing the nightclub $550,000 in damages.
  • 1991
    Age 4
    Jackson signed with Dino Records quickly thereafter. 1991 saw the release of No Relations, an album with strong house and funk influences.
    More Details Hide Details This album featured Jackson's top twenty-five Netherlands hit "Sexbox".
  • 1990
    Age 3
    In 1990, Jackson participated in the Sanremo Music Festival, entering "You and Me" an English-language version of "Verso l'ignoto" by siblings Marcella and Gianni Bella.
    More Details Hide Details While "You and Me" did not win Best Song, it entered Italy's hit parade, peaking at number twenty-eight. That year Jackson signed on with German-based BCM Records and released the single "Why Don't You Want My Love? " Jackson recorded other material with BCM, but the label went bankrupt and album plans were scrapped.
  • 1989
    Age 2
    On September 5, 1989, after her Sizzling Spectacular concert in Nevada, Gordon forcibly married Jackson, claiming it was for her own protection against kidnapping by her family.
    More Details Hide Details La Toya Jackson states that this was both unplanned and against her wishes. According to Jackson; "I told him, 'No way, Jack! I can't marry you. You know what marriage means to me. I've never been in love; I don't even date. It's not right. I don't love you. I don't have feelings for you.'" Jackson tried to run out of the chapel three times but bodyguard Antonio Rossi grabbed her saying, "There's some things you have to do. Even if you don't want to." Jackson told Ebony magazine the marriage was "strictly in name only. It has never been consummated." Six months into the marriage, Jackson asked Gordon for an annulment when in Rome, Italy. In response, Gordon repeatedly bashed her head against the corner of the hotel room table saying that he would never let her go. Paparazzi subsequently photographed Jackson with black eyes, which Gordon claimed were caused by an intruder. From this point forward, Jackson lost all contact with her family and wrote an autobiography, La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family, which accused her father of physical abuse. For roughly the next decade Gordon controlled Jackson with threats, lies, and routine domestic violence. According to Jackson, "When he hit me, the first time I was in shock, I just recalled my ear ringing, just ringing so hard."
    In 1989, Jackson began recording her sixth album Bad Girl.
    More Details Hide Details That year Jackson staged a live pay-per-view concert, A Sizzling Spectacular!, from Bally's theatre in Reno. Jackson's set list included songs from La Toya and Bad Girl. The show featured special guest star Edgar Winter.
    In March 1989, Jackson posed topless for Playboy magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson saw the pictorial as a declaration of independence from her conservative upbringing and "to show my parents they couldn't dictate to me any more—that I control my life." The cover and layout was one of the most successful issues in Playboys history, turning Jackson into an overnight sex symbol. At its time of release, it sold over 8 million copies, going on to become the fourteenth best selling issue of the magazine ever. She posed again in Playboy in November 1991 to promote her autobiography and subsequently acted in a 1994 video for the magazine, becoming one of the first celebrities to have a Playboy video released. She later said that she initially refused to pose for the second spread and for the video, however, Gordon beat her into submission.
  • 1988
    Age 1
    In late 1988, Jackson released the album La Toya, which featured the singles, "You're Gonna Get Rocked!
    More Details Hide Details " and "(Ain't Nobody Loves You) Like I Do". The album also included a track titled "Just Say No", which was written for the Reagan administration's anti-drug campaign. The album included four tracks produced by Full Force, and three by Stock Aitken Waterman. The album is notable for being the first one Jackson released after changing her management.
    Katherine Jackson recalled her shock seeing La Toya dance in a suggestive manner in 1988 for the first time in her autobiography My Family, The Jacksons: "she'd been so conservative that she'd once dropped a friend who had begun wearing low-cut tops and skirts with slits in them."
    More Details Hide Details Katherine believed that Gordon was distancing La Toya from her family so he could "become the dominating influence in her life." Around this time Jackson was disfellowshipped by the Jehovah's Witnesses. Defying her father, Jackson made a stormy exit from the family's Encino compound to take up residence in New York City.
  • 1987
    Age 0
    In 1987, Jack Gordon was hired to co-manage La Toya by her father, Joseph.
    More Details Hide Details He later took over her management completely. Under Gordon's management, Jackson's public image became increasingly sexier.
    In 1987 Jackson was featured as a special guest at Minako Honda's DISPA (Disco Party) concert, joining in for the song, "Funkytown".
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  • 1985
    Age -2
    Her 1985 single "Baby Sister" was a notable success, as it received one of five Outstanding Song Awards at the sixteenth annual World Popular Song Festival in Japan. "Baby Sister" was included on the 1986 album Imagination, released just before Jackson's record label, Private-I, went bankrupt resulting in poor promotion.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson went on to record two duets; "Oops, Oh No! " with Cerrone, and "Yes, I'm Ready" with artist Jed.
    In 1985, Jackson participated on the single "We Are the World", an appeal for famine relief in Ethiopia.
    More Details Hide Details That same year Jackson featured in anti-drug music video "Stop the Madness".
  • 1984
    Age -3
    In 1984, Jackson capitalized on her rising popularity by licensing her name to a fashion line; "David Laurenz for La Toya."
    More Details Hide Details According to her three-year contract with the suede and leather-maker Jackson agreed to only wear David Laurenz items during her public appearances. Apparel in the collection included Jackson's signature leather headbands. Jackson starred in adverts for Nikon cameras and the following year she became the spokesmodel for cosmetics firm Mahogany Image and launched her own eponymous fragrance, La Toya.
    1984 saw the release of Jackson's critically acclaimed album Heart Don't Lie.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson scored her biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit with the title track, which peaked at number 56. Other singles from this album were "Bet'cha Gonna Need My Lovin'", "Hot Potato", and a cover of Prince's "Private Joy." Jackson and Amir Bayyan co-wrote "Reggae Nights" for Heart Don't Lie but the track did not make the cut. Jimmy Cliff's recording of the song was a hit and was nominated for a Grammy. Cliff commissioned Jackson to write two more songs: "Brown Eyes" and "American Sweet."
  • 1981
    Age -6
    In 1981, Jackson released a follow-up album, My Special Love, which generated two singles, "Stay the Night" and "I Don't Want You to Go".
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  • 1980
    Age -7
    In turn, she provided the opening scream on her brothers', The Jacksons, 1980 hit, "This Place Hotel" as well as backing vocals on brother Michael's 1984 solo hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)".
    More Details Hide Details The La Toya Jackson album peaked at #116 on the US Billboard 200, #26 on the Billboard R&B album chart, and #178 on the UK Top 200, making it her highest placing album.
    In 1980, Jackson released her self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details In order to distinguish herself from her famous brothers, The Jacksons, La Toya only wanted her first name on the album. "I begged just to have it 'La Toya'. But my father said, 'It's your last name. You got to use it.' But I wanted to see what I could do as an individual." The first single "If You Feel the Funk", became a modest hit, climbing into the Top 40 of the US R&B chart. Her second single, "Night Time Lover", was produced by younger brother Michael, who provided backing vocals.
  • 1979
    Age -8
    Jackson also dated Bobby DeBarge and was the inspiration for Switch's 1979 hit "I Call Your Name".
    More Details Hide Details Under Joe Jackson's tutelage Rebbie, La Toya and Janet formed a short-lived musical group. However, they never performed live and soon separated because of creative differences about the act's future direction. Consequently, no related material was ever released by the trio. The next year, La Toya began work on her first solo album.
  • 1978
    Age -9
    In 1978 during the filming of The Wiz, La Toya traveled with her brother Michael (who was cast as the Scarecrow), to New York.
    More Details Hide Details Sharing an apartment, it was the first time either of them had lived elsewhere as adults. Close siblings, Michael and La Toya, would not move out of the family's Encino, Los Angeles, California home until they were 30 and 31 respectively. Her lovers during this period included Diana Ross' brother Chico, Prince, and a young David Gest.
  • 1976
    Age -11
    In 1976 and 1977, La Toya and her sisters Rebbie and Janet appeared in all twelve episodes of The Jacksons—a CBS-TV variety program, with their brothers Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael, and Randy.
    More Details Hide Details Along with their brothers (minus Jermaine, who stayed at Motown and left the family group when his brothers moved to Epic Records), La Toya and her sisters sang, danced and performed skits.
  • 1972
    Age -15
    By 1972, at sixteen, La Toya joined her brothers in the spotlight with a tap dancing routine when her father arranged for them to perform shows in Las Vegas, among other cities.
    More Details Hide Details La Toya attended the Cal-Prep school in Encino, Los Angeles CA and graduated in 1975. Jackson aspired to be an attorney specializing in business law. She attended college for a short time before her father insisted that she pursue a career in show business like the rest of the family.
  • 1965
    Age -22
    After her mother became a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1965, La Toya, along with the rest of her siblings followed, but most of the children are no longer associated with Jehovah's Witnesses.
    More Details Hide Details She would spend some of her time (alongside her mother) preaching door-to-door. "Every morning, Michael and I witnessed, knocking on doors around Los Angeles, spreading the word of Jehovah."
  • 1956
    Age -31
    Born on her sister Rebbie's 6th birthday on May 29, 1956, in Gary, Indiana, La Toya Jackson is the fifth of ten children born to Joseph Jackson and Katherine Jackson and the middle female child between Rebbie and Janet.
    More Details Hide Details Growing up, La Toya was a shy homeperson.
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