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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29 May 1986
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Southwest Airlines will end flights to Key West, 2 other cities; cites lack of profits
Canadian Business - about 4 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 few...
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Tyler Sets Another OWN Network High
Huffington Post - over 4 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 4 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 ques...
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Paris Jackson's Alleged Suicide Attempt: La Toya Jackson "Grateful" for Concern ... - E! Online
Google News - over 4 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 CleaverTMZ.com 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 4 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. "...
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Is the Jackson With The Most Outrageous Style?
Huffington Post - over 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, Pinteres...
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La Toya Jackson shock interview on The Talk, Jeanne Cooper tribute (VIDEOS)
Monsters and Critics - over 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 5 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 Toy...
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WATCH: La Toya Jackson Details Ex's Abuse
Huffington Post - almost 5 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 that...you 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 sa...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Hair Care Hijinks
Rolling Stone - almost 5 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 5 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 RadarOnline.com. 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 t...
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La Toya Jackson Denies Control Over MJ's Kids
ABC News - almost 5 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 5 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 5 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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Timeline
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    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    In 2016 she collaborated with Iranian-American pop star Andy (singer) on the single "Tehran" where she sings in Farsi.
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  • 2013
    Age 26
    It was falsely reported that on December 6, 2013 Jackson married her business partner Jeffre Phillips in Los Angeles.
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    In September 2013, Jackson made her stage debut in a week-long engagement in the off-Broadway musical, Newsical.
    Also in 2013, Jackson rejoined the newest cast for The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
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    In 2013, Jackson started her own reality series called Life With La Toya which is premiered on Oprah Winfrey's OWN.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    The final version of Startin' Over was completed in late 2008, just before Jackson joined the cast of Celebrity Big Brother.
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  • 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.
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    On January 10, 2007, the reality TV show Armed & Famous premiered on CBS starring Jackson and other celebrities.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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    After Jack Gordon's death in 2005, Jackson was free to speak more openly about the control he exerted over her life.
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  • 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.
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    Jackson publicly re-emerged on Larry King Live on March 9, 2003.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 7
    Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: La Toya Jackson was released in the first quarter of 1994 and sold roughly 50,000 copies.
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    In 1994, Jackson again worked for Playboy Entertainment, becoming one of the very first celebrities to have a Celebrity Centerfold video.
  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    In 1992, Jackson signed a contract with the Moulin Rouge in Paris to star in her own revue, Formidable.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    In 1989, Jackson began recording her sixth album Bad Girl.
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    In March 1989, Jackson posed topless for Playboy magazine.
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  • 1988
    Age 1
    In late 1988, Jackson released the album La Toya, which featured the singles, "You're Gonna Get Rocked!
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    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."
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  • 1987
    Age 0
    In 1987, Jack Gordon was hired to co-manage La Toya by her father, Joseph.
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    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.
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    In 1985, Jackson participated on the single "We Are the World", an appeal for famine relief in Ethiopia.
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  • 1984
    Age -3
    In 1984, Jackson capitalized on her rising popularity by licensing her name to a fashion line; "David Laurenz for La Toya."
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    1984 saw the release of Jackson's critically acclaimed album Heart Don't Lie.
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  • 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".
  • 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)".
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    In 1980, Jackson released her self-titled debut album.
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  • 1979
    Age -8
    Jackson also dated Bobby DeBarge and was the inspiration for Switch's 1979 hit "I Call Your Name".
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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