La Toya Jackson
In a family blessed with extraordinary musical gifts yet also cursed with an inordinate amount of controversy, La Toya Jackson often managed to capture a piece of the spotlight, particularly when it came to the latter. After years of singing backup for her brothers' musical group, The Jackson 5, she enjoyed a moderately successful singing career in the 1980s, with a few hit singles to her credit. But her life, both personal and professional, took a drastic turn for the worse when she married her manager, Jack Gordon, in 1989. Under his control, Jackson steadily gained a reputation as the Jackson family outcast - most particularly for posing for <i>Playboy</i> magazine, for becoming a spokesperson for a psychic hotline, and most importantly, for proclaiming her brother Michael Jackson guilty of child molestation charges. But it was Jackson's alleged violent relationship with Gordon that punctuated her declining career. After she filed for divorce and reunited with her family, Jackson spent less time in the public eye but continued recording songs. In 2009, along with the entire tight-knit clan, she mourned the untimely death of her brother, the "King of Pop." Heartbroken, Jackson emerged as a devoted and outspoken sister to one of music's greatest artists, illustrating a more human side that had too often gotten lost amidst the many scandals and controversies she had endured throughout her career.