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Early life Jackson was born Kattie B. Screws in Barbour County, Alabama, to Martha (née Upshaw; December 14, 1907 – April 25, 1990) and Prince Albert Screws (October 16, 1907 – January 21, 1997). When Jackson was four, her father changed his surname to “Scruse”, and renamed his daughter to Katherine Esther. The younger of two daughters, Jackson contracted polio at two but survived the disease. Effects of the disease left her with a noticeable permanent limp. At four, Jackson’s family moved to East Chicago, Indiana, a suburb outside Chicago and next to Gary, Indiana in northwest Indiana. As a child, Jackson aspired to become a country singer but was dismayed to find that there were no notable black country stars. Jackson’s parents divorced when she was still a youngster. In high school, Jackson joined the local high school band. In 1947, Jackson met Joseph Jackson also living in East Chicago. After a year-long courtship that started after Joseph annulled an early marriage, they married in November 1949. In January 1950, they purchased a two-bedroom house in Gary. During the couple’s early years, they sang together, with Joe playing guitar. After Joe’s dream of a boxing career was dashed, he continued working at East Chicago’s Inland Steel Company while Jackson gave birth to her ten children. Marlon’s twin brother, Brandon, died shortly after birth. The Jackson family For a period, to help make ends meet, Jackson worked as a store clerk in a local Sears store. In 1963, Jackson, who was raised a Baptist, discovered the Jehovah’s Witness faith. After her conversion in 1965, all of her children followed her into the faith. While Joe, who was brought up in the Lutheran faith, also practiced the religion, it was often said he decided not to convert. As Jackson’s brood grew, she quit her position at Sears and settled primarily as a housewife while keeping her children safe from the streets. By the early 1960s, several of Jackson’s sons began to show off their musical talents. In 1963, Joe formed The Jackson Brothers with three of their eldest sons, being Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Around the same time, Jackson’s younger son Michael was also showing off his talent, which was discovered first by Jackson, who noticed Michael, at the age of four, singing along to the radio while dancing to the rhythm. But when she tried to tell Joe of Michael’s talent, he brushed her aside, though she insisted. 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. Beforehand, Michael had performed onstage without his father’s knowledge at several school recitals starting at five. By the end of 1966, Michael was positioned as the second frontman of the group after Jermaine. Acting on advice from a schoolteacher, Joe changed the group’s name to The Jackson Five. In 1967, after winning several talent shows in Gary, Joe Jackson decided to make the group a professional act when Gordon Keith the owner and producer at Gary’s Steeltown Records discovered them, signing them to their first contract in November 1967. Their first single, “Big Boy”, produced by Keith, was released on January 30, 1968 and became a local hit. 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. During the Jackson 5’s 1970-71 heyday, Jackson - along with her three daughters and youngest son - was barely mentioned in the press. This changed in 1974 when Joe began building careers around his three younger children and eldest daughter. Michael often mentioned Jackson lovingly. 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. On his 1982 album, Thriller, Michael dedicated the album to her. Janet Jackson would do the same following the release of her 1989 album, Rhythm Nation 1814, the first album where she wasn’t under the watchful eye of her father following the success of Control, as Janet had fired him months after its release. Michael often said that his mother was appreciative of his solo music and approved of songs such as “Billie Jean” but said she was cautious of Michael’s mature material, including “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough”. In 1985, acknowledging what was then a positive impact on her children’s successful music careers, national urban magazine Essence honored her as “Mother of the Year”. My Family 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, one of which resulted in the birth of a daughter named Joh'Vonnie Jackson with another woman named Cheryl Terrell on August 30, 1974. 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. That incident was re-dramatized for the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. However in the miniseries, Jackson was shown confronting Joseph instead of the woman about the alleged incident. In the late 1980s, Jackson began experiencing an estrangement with her daughter La Toya after she was being managed by Jack Gordon. 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. In 1997, La Toya and Jackson reconciled after she filed for divorce from Gordon. Jackson was portrayed by Angela Bassett in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. Patricia Idlette portrayed her in the 2004 film Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story. Recent years Jackson has spent the last couple of decades talking to the press defending her children, mainly Michael, who began to gain notoriety for his eccentricities. In a recent interview promoting her Michael Jackson Story Book/DVD on The Oprah Winfrey Show, however, Jackson acknowledged that Michael was addicted to plastic surgery and also got her husband to admit to physically disciplining their children. Over the years, it had been acknowledged by some that Joe was abusive towards his children, which he has continually denied despite admissions by both La Toya and Michael. Jackson splits her time between Las Vegas and her Hayvenhurst home in Encino. Despite rumours that she is estranged from Joe, she denied those rumours in an interview and dismissed rumours that Joe was banned from The Jackson family home as something the media tried to cook up and false.. According to her son Jermaine Jackson’s 2011 book (You Are Not Alone: Michael through a Brother’s Eyes), Jackson had told Michael that she was nearing the age of 80 and before she died, she wanted to see her sons perform together one last time. One of Michael Jackson’s future plans as part of his deal with AEG Live was a final reunion tour with his brothers. Death of Michael Jackson On June 25, 2009, Michael died from Propofol intoxication at the hands of his physician Dr. Conrad Murray. Jackson, along with the rest of the family, attended his memorial which was held on July 7, 2009. On June 29, 2009, Jackson was granted temporary guardianship of Michael’s three children. Court documents indicated that she was also seeking control over the three children’s interests in their late father’s estate. Although Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of the two eldest children and Michael’s second wife, had not seen or interacted with the children for years, as of July 4, 2009, she petitioned the courts for custody of her children. As of July 30, 2009, Jackson and Debbie Rowe reached a settlement pertaining to the care of Michael’s three children, Prince Michael I (“Prince”), Paris Katherine and Prince Michael II, (“Blanket”), will be raised by Katherine; Rowe will have visitation rights and continue to receive the yearly payments to which Michael had agreed. On August 3, 2009, the judge named Jackson as the children’s permanent guardian. 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. Guardianship of the children was temporarily given to Michael Jackson’s nephew TJ Jackson, one of Tito’s sons. The guardianship resumed with TJ Jackson added as a co-guardian. Children Ten children were born to Katherine and Joe Jackson. Maureen Reillette “Rebbie” Jackson (born May 29, 1950) Sigmund Esco “Jackie” Jackson (born May 4, 1951) Tariano Adaryll “Tito” Jackson (born October 15, 1953) Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954) La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956) Marlon David Jackson (born March 12, 1957) Brandon Jackson (stillborn March 12, 1957) Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson (born October 29, 1961) Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) source
Aunque Joe Jackson estaba casado con Katherine Jackson, y criaba a 10 hijos, tenía una relación secreta con Cheryle Terrell (a veces escrita en informes de prensa como “Cheryl Terrel”). Cheryle vivía a solo cinco millas del resto de la familia, donde ella y Joe criaron a su hija Joh’Vonnie Jackson juntos. Aquí está todo lo que necesita saber sobre la mujer secreta en la vida de Joe Jackson. En un momento dado, los asuntos de Joe, incluso con Cheryle, llevaron a Katherine a considerar el divorcio ya en la década de 1970, informó Fox News. Aunque Katherine y Joe habían dejado de vivir juntos por mucho tiempo cuando Joe falleció, ella aparentemente había considerado dejarlo mucho antes. En marzo de 1973, obtuvo una petición de divorcio y la presentó al secretario del condado de Los Ángeles. Fuentes familiares le dijeron a Fox News, que la iglesia de los Testigos de Jehová la convenció de no seguir adelante. Ella consideró el divorcio nuevamente en 1979. Pero a pesar de todo esto, la esposa de Jackson, Katherine y Joh’Vonnie, lograron desarrollar una relación cercana que continúa en la actualidad. Leer más:
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Katherine Jackson (Image Source: Screenshot) The 86-year-old Katherine Jackson has lived through a lot in her years. And while she put up with much of it, including her husband's infidelity, it appears that she may have finally reached her limit. She has been granted a temporary restraining order against her nephew, Trent Lamar Jackson. It's alleged in court documents that Trent, who is also a longtime driver for Katherine, has been accessing her bank accounts without her knowledge, using her credit cards for his personal use without her approval and also emotionally abusing her. The claims of abuse state that "Trent has manipulated Mrs. Jackson so much and preyed on her known kindness, that whenever the police arrive or efforts to press elder abuse charges have been undertaken, she ultimately recants or changes her mind." It wouldn't be the first time she changed her mind when looking for a better life for herself. She twice filed for divorce from the family patriarch Joe Jackson. She was tired of his affairs and filed in 1973, but her Jehovah's Witnesses church persuaded her to drop the divorce. She then tried to divorce him again in 1979 but was again urged to drop it. He went on to have a long-term affair with another woman and had another child with her. While Katherine and Joe remain married, they live in different states. The current paperwork also stated, "Mrs. Jackson does not want to hurt anyone and has always erred on the side of enduring abuse to save everyone else." Her lawyers speaking on her behalf say that she "will have moments of strength and tell her kids that Trent is abusing her, and by the time they get Adult Protections Services to the house, he has convinced her by crying or begging not to report him, and the cycle starts all over." Trent has not spoken publicly about the restraining order or the claims in the court documents. It's not known why Trent was given such previous power in his aunt's life. She has plenty of adult children and grandchildren to take care of her needs. She and 66-year-old daughter Rebbie went to go visit youngest sibling Janet recently to see her newborn son Eissa for the first time in London. "It seems like her family is staying close to help and support Janet," said a source, but it seems like maybe they need to stay close and help and support the family matriarch as well.
Pictured in 2016: The ailing matriarch - who turns 87 next week - and her attorneys were 'unprepared to go forward' with a full-blown trial on Tuesday, according to TMZ Video