Katherine Jackson

Matriarch of the Jackson family Katherine Jackson

Katherine Esther Jackson is the matriarch of the Jackson musical family.
Katherine Jackson's personal information overview.
04 May 1930
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Katherine Jackson accusing nephew of elder abuse
CNN - about 1 year
The Jackson family matriarch is accusing her nephew of abusing her.
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Students build adjustable prosthetic foot for high heels
Reuters.com - over 1 year
Students from Johns Hopkins University build an adjustable prosthetic foot designed to allow female amputees to wear a variety of shoes, from flats to sky high heels. Katherine Jackson reports.
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US Airways makes final flight
Reuters.com - over 2 years
US Airways flight 1939 lands in Philadelphia, marking the last flight for the airline which merged with American Airlines. Katharine Jackson reports.
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US Airways makes final flight
Reuters.com - over 2 years
US Airways flight 1939 lands in Philadelphia, marking the last flight for the airline which merged with American Airlines. Katharine Jackson reports.
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Mud traps hundreds of vehicles on California highway
Reuters.com - over 2 years
Mud triggered by heavy rains sweeps onto Southern California highways, trapping hundreds of vehicles. Katharine Jackson reports.
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Small plane makes emergency landing on Idaho highway
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A small plane with engine trouble is forced to make an emergency landing on an Idaho highway. Katharine Jackson reports.
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Southwest flights delayed by online booking glitch
Reuters.com - over 2 years
Frustrated Southwest Airlines customers have been forced to wait in long lines for a second day as the airline tries to solve a technical problem with its electronic booking system. In the meantime, passengers are being told to prepare for delays. Katharine Jackson reports.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Katherine Jackson
  • 2015
    Age 84
    She most recently appeared at the BET Awards 2015 with daughter Janet Jackson as Janet accepted the Ultimate Icon Award.
  • 2012
    Age 81
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 78
    On August 3, 2009, the judge named Jackson as the children's permanent guardian.
    On July 30, 2009, Jackson and Debbie Rowe reached a settlement pertaining to the care of Michael's children – Prince, Paris, and Blanket – will be raised by Katherine; Rowe will have visitation rights and continue to receive the yearly payments to which Michael had agreed.
    On June 29, 2009, Jackson was granted temporary guardianship of Michael's three children: Prince, Paris, and Blanket.
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    Jackson, along with the rest of her family, attended his memorial on July 7, 2009.
  • 2004
    Age 73
    Patricia Idlette portrayed her in the 2004 film Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story.
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  • 1997
    Age 66
    In 1997, La Toya and Jackson reconciled after she filed for divorce from Gordon.
  • 1992
    Age 61
    Jackson was portrayed by Angela Bassett in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream.
  • 1991
    Age 60
    In her 1991 memoirs, La Toya: Growing Up in the Jackson Family, La Toya alleged that Jackson was emotionally abusive, charges Jackson denied to the press and blamed Gordon, who married La Toya in 1989, for "brainwashing" her.
  • 1990
    Age 59
    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. She detailed that her husband on more than a few occasions had committed adultery. This prompted Katherine to file for divorce on March 9, 1973 at the Los Angeles County clerk but was finally convinced to rescind the divorce papers at the urging of elders at her Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall.
  • 1984
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 48
    In an unauthorized biography of Janet Jackson, a confrontational family incident was described. This biography claims that, in 1979, Jackson and her two youngest children, Randy and Janet, confronted a woman who worked for Joseph's company, whom Jackson had often reportedly accused of cheating with Joseph.
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    Jackson attempted once again to divorce her husband in or around 1979, but again was persuaded to drop the action.
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  • 1974
    Age 43
    The following year, Joh'Vonnie Jackson, Joe's daughter with another woman named Cheryl Terrell was born on August 30, 1974.
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  • 1970
    Age 39
    During the Jackson 5's 1970–71 heyday, Jackson – along with her three daughters and youngest son – was barely mentioned in the press.
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  • 1969
    Age 38
    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.
  • 1967
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 35
    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 began to see seven-year-old Michael's overall talents three years after Jackson's discovery.
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    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.
  • 1963
    Age 32
    In 1963, Joe formed The Jackson Brothers with three of their eldest sons, being Jackie, Tito and Jermaine.
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    In 1963, Jackson, who was raised a Baptist, joined the Jehovah's Witness faith.
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  • 1947
    Age 16
    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.
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  • 1930
    Born on May 4, 1930.
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