Date of Birth 16 May 1966 , Gary, Indiana, USA
Birth Name Janet Damita Jo Jackson
Height 5′ 3½” (1.61 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, living in a lower class home with several brothers and sisters. Janet was the youngest. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while her brothers, and dad, Joe Jackson, lived an extravagant life in Los Angeles. She later moved in with them while her brothers were making a name for themselves, and signed a deal with Motown. Janet was in the shadow but later also made a name for herself.
As she was touring, and making appearances with her brothers, and the rest of the family, she co-starred with the rest of them in “The Jacksons”. In 1977, she got the part of Penny Gordon on “Good Times”. That showed her acting abilities early on. She also made a few memorable appearances on the hit TV show “Diff’rent Strokes” as Charlene Dupree. Soon afterwards came her role on “Fame”.
She married boyfriend James Debarge, but they divorced just months later. She signed with A&M Records, and recorded her first solo album titled “Janet Jackson”. The album did poorly on the music charts. Two years later she recorded “Dream Street” which turned out to be another disaster. A year later she signed on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to record a third album, this time called “Control”. It was a hit, selling 5 million copies in the U.S. alone, spawning six hits, and the #1 “When I Think of You”. Afterwards, she fired her father, her manager to truly gain control.
Janet was determined to make this happen again. She then recorded “Rhythm Nation 1814”. This time it sold 9 million copies in the U.S. – a bigger hit than “Control”! She happened to fall in love with a dancer named René Elizondo, Jr. from one of her sister’s, LaToya Jackson’s music video and later secretly married him in March of 1991. That same year she got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame! Janet went to work on her fifth album simply called “Janet.”. It was her biggest hit to date selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone and includes her biggest hit single to date, “That’s The Way Love Goes”. Two years later she released a Greatest Hits album “Design of a Decade” which included two new hits “Runaway”, and “Twenty-Foreplay”. Her seventh album “The Velvet Rope” clarified her pop culture status.
In the mist of the release of The Velvet Rope, she divorced Rene Elizendo, which is when it emerged they had been secretly married for eight years. Janet recorded her eighth album “All For You”. Another hit. She was honored by MTV as an MTV Icon. In 2004, Janet went to work on her next album “Damita Jo” – it was another hit.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
Wissam Al Mana (2012 – present)
Rene Elizondo (31 March 1991 – 13 March 2000) (divorced)
James DeBarge (7 September 1984 – 18 November 1985) (annulled)
Janet Jackson Plagued With Divorce Rumors Just A Year After Marrying, But Is She Really Ready To Untie The Knot?!
2/25/2014 9:00 AM ET | Filed under: Janet Jackson • Love Line • Breakups
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Could Janet Jackson really be divorcing Wissam Al Mana, 38, just a little over a year after they wed??
We know Hollywood marriages are usually pretty short, but this just seems too quick to be true!
And we’re so sure this rumor is a bunch of lies, we’re willing to call it straight up malarkey!
But alas, Miz Jackson, 47, is not only rumored to be splitting with her hubby, but she’s also rumored to be going after his money.
A source, who probably loved nipplegate as much as the rest of us, said:
“She confided to a few close friends and (her mother) Katherine that she’s preparing to leave him. And she’s begun calling friends at all hours crying and saying how miserable she is. . . Janet is getting set to challenge the prenup and demand a flat lump sum payout from his fortune.”
Now we know Wissam is rich, but Janet isn’t exactly pinching pennies!
Even if she were splitting, we doubt she’d want the public drama of a fight for his money.
Remember, she went out of her way to hide a HAPPY moment that was her wedding. What do you think she’d do about a not-so-happy one???
[Image via WENN.]
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