Janet Jackson

Singer, Actor, Songwriter
The youngest sibling of a pop music dynasty, Janet Jackson made her initial show business breakout as a sweet-faced and chaste television actress. But at the age of 20, she began to give her brothers a run for their ... Read more »
Born: 05/16/1966 in Gary, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Jo/Red (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

America United: In Support of Our Troops 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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2004 Radio Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Before They Were Stars! 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Janet Jackson: In Concert From Hawaii 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Making the Video 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Testimony 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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mtvICON: Aerosmith 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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All Eye's on Destiny's Child 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Destiny's Child Live 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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From The Waist Down: Men, Women & Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Janet Jackson: Opening Night Live 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Janet: The Velvet Rope 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Teddy Riley -- The Man Behind the Music 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Michael Jackson: Making History 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Hollywood's Leading Ladies With David Sheehan 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in Movies '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Your Mama 1993 (Movie)

Nursery School Teacher (Actor)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

Justice (Actor)

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Sounds of Summer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Everybody Dance Now 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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1990 Billboard Music Awards Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Racism: Points of View 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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1987 Power Hits New Year's Eve Countdown 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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A New Kind of Family 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Jacksons 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Fame (TV Show)

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Good Times (TV Show)

Actor
Music (18)

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

("Rhythm Nation") (Song)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

("Happy Birthday To You") (Song Performer)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

("Nothing") (Song)

Sex and the City 2008 (Movie)

("2Nite") (Song Performer)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

("Rock With U") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("Would You Mind") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

("'70s Love Groove") (Song Performer)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

song producer("Again") (Song)

Mo' Money 1992 (Movie)

("Best Things in Life Are Free") (Song Performer)

The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 (Movie)

("Black Cat") (Song Performer)

The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

("Miss You Much") (Song Performer)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

("What Have You Done For Me Lately") (Song)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

("Nasty") (Song Performer)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

The youngest sibling of a pop music dynasty, Janet Jackson made her initial show business breakout as a sweet-faced and chaste television actress. But at the age of 20, she began to give her brothers a run for their money with the multi-million selling album Control. Over the next few decades Jackson's persona evolved from sensitive teen to empowered young adult to global messenger to mature, sophisticated artist, and throughout this metamorphosis, amounting sales of over 100 million albums worldwide and status as the second most successful female artist in pop music history. With the exception of Jackson's older brother Michael, with whom she was extremely close as both a family member and as his professional peer, Jackson spent a lifetime distancing herself from the family name, not only to establish herself as her own artist, but due to the antics of spotlight-seeking siblings like sister La Toya and notoriously bullish stage dad, Joseph. The tenacious littlest Jackson ultimately succeeded on her own merit, occasionally returning to acting in feature films "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007), and maintaining her popularity as a multi-talented performer who valued the hard-won privacy of her personal life.

Relationships

Wissam Al Mana

Husband
Began dating July 2010 Secretly married 2012, but did not confirm until February 2013

James DeBarge Song Performer

Husband
Eloped Sept. 7, 1984 when Jackson was 18 Couple lived at the Jacksons' Encino ranch for several months before she had marriage annulled Nov. 18, 1985

Jermaine Dupri Actor

Companion
Began dating 2001 Reportedly split July 2009 shortly after death of Jackson's brother Michael

Rene Elizondo Actor

Husband
Began dating c. 1985 Secretly married March 31, 1991 Separated 1999 Elizondo filed for divorce, bringing their nine year secret marriage to light Divorced March 13, 2000

Johnny Gill Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated spring 1999 No longer together

Michael Jackson Actor

Brother
Born Aug. 29, 1958 Died of a drug overdose on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA

Katherine Jackson Actor

Mother
Born May 4, 1930; served as The Jackson 5's designer throughout the mid-to-late 1960s

Joe Jackson Screenwriter

Father
Born July 26, 1928; managed The Jackson 5

Jackie Jackson Actor

Brother
Born May 4, 1951; formed The Jackson 5 with brothers

Jermaine Jackson Actor

Brother
Born Dec. 11, 1954; formed The Jackson 5 with brothers

Marlon Jackson Actor

Brother
Born March 12, 1957; formed The Jackson 5 with brothers

Randy Jackson Song

Brother
Born Oct. 31, 1961; admitted to committing bankrupcy fraud in August 2001

Tito Jackson Actor

Brother
Born Oct. 15, 1953

Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson Actor

Sister
Born May 29, 1950; performed the 1984 hit "Centipede"

La Toya Jackson Actor

Sister
Born May 29, 1956; posed nude for Playboy magazine in 1989 and wrote 1991 autobiography La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family

Justin Timberlake Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated c. 2002 No longer together

Milestones

2010

Re-teamed with Perry for the ensemble film "For Colored Girls"

2010

Re-teamed with Perry to co-star in the sequel "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"; also recorded the song "Nothing" for the soundtrack

2008

Released her tenth studio album Discipline

2007

Changed labels and signed a record contract with Island Records

2007

Co-starred in "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?"

2006

Released the album, 20 Y.O., a nod to the 20th anniversary of her debut album Control; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album; began touring in March 2007

2004

Received two Grammy nominations for her album Damita Jo

2004

Appeared as the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC), spoofing her infamous wardrobe malfunction

2004

Performed with Justin Timberlake at Superbowl XXXVIII halftime show; resulted in scandal when a bodice-ripping stunt by Timberlake exposed her pierced nipple

2004

Played herself on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Will and Grace"; appearance marked her first TV acting role in nearly two decades

2002

Headlined the HBO special "Janet Jackson: Live in Hawaii"

2000

Returned to acting, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"; played Professor Klump's scientist fiancee Denise; also wrote and performed original song on the soundtrack

1997

Released The Velvet Rope, a collection of emotionally charged songs that drew on her battles with depression, self-image problems and a past abusive relationship

1995

Collaborated with brother Michael on the hit song "Scream"

1995

Released her greatest hits compilation Design of a Decade

1993

Made film debut in the title role of John Singleton's romantic drama "Poetic Justice"; also co-wrote and performed song "Again"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Song

1993

Released the hit album janet with Virgin Records; included the single, "That's the Way Love Goes"

1992

Was played by actress Maya Nicole Johnson on the ABC biographical miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"

1990

Went on first solo concert tour

1989

Released even more successful follow-up album, Rhythm Nation 1814, which was the first album in rock history to produce seven Top Five hit singles (four of which made it to No. 1); album also sold over eight million copies, becoming the top pop alb

1986

Released the album Control, which went on to sell over eight million copies and produce five hit singles

1984

Appeared as Cleo Hewitt on the syndicated series "Fame"

1982

Signed with A&M Records and released debut album Janet Jackson

1981

Landed recurring role of Charlene DuPrey on the NBC sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes"

1977

Played the recurring role of Penny Gordon on the popular CBS sitcom "Good Times"

1976

Appeared with her family on the short-lived CBS variety series "The Jacksons"

1974

Began singing in her family's Las Vegas act when she was seven; became noted for doing an impersonation of Mae West

1968

Moved with her family from Indiana to California before she was two

Bonus Trivia

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Jackson donated proceeds (twenty-five cents of every ticket sold) from her Velvet Rope tour to America's Promise – The Alliance for Youth, an organization that provided mentoring opportunities for youth.

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When told that the reason she was so successful was probably because she was also really talented, Jackson replied to Daily News columnist Jim Farber, "Now, you see, that's a feeling of fraudulence...It's a feeling [like I'm] less than others, a feeling, like, 'What am I doing in this business? I should have gone back to school and studied law the way I wanted to.'" (Oct. 11, 1998)

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Jackson admitted to the Daily News (Oct. 18, 1998) that she has battled anorexia and bulimia: "I never thought this could happen to me...but I've actually had people say to me: 'Okay, you've got to start eating more. You're too thin.' But when you look in the mirror, you see something totally different. I had swung so far in one direction [of excessive eating], I never thought I could swing so far in the other. You're losing weight and getting smaller, and I'd still say to myself I could afford to lose a little more. And that's not good. I have to continue to keep my mind open and listen to the people around me, which has been the hardest thing to do."

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In April 2008, Jackson received the Vanguard Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, honoring her contributions in promoting equal rights for LGBT people.

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