Born: May 16, 1966, Gary, Indiana, USA
Height: 5' 4"
Piercings: Right nipple and nose
"I kinda see everyone as competition. I'm a very competitive person. But I think that's good. Competition is great. And as long as it's friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it's cool."
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana. She's the youngest of 9 children born to Joe and Katherine Jackson. Growing up in the Jackson family, Janet was aware of the lures of performance early on, watching her brothers perform as The Jackson 5. The 5 were stars by the time Janet was a teenager.
As she grew older, her interests branched out into several directions -- dancing, acting and singing. She appeared on stage in her brothers show in 1973, when she was only seven years old. In 1977, Norman Lear offered her a job in Good Times on CBS. After that, she began appearing on other TV shows such as Diff'rent Strokes and A New Kind of Family.
In 1982, Janet released her first self-titled album. Being sixteen at the time, Janet had yet to find a style and a specific audience. She began touring the and during her tour, she met two members of the band The Time -- Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis -- two men who ultimately became major figures in her career.
In 1983, Janet landed a role on Fame. During her time on the show, she remained in the protective clutches of her parents who were often on the set.
By 1984, Janet eloped with singer James DeBarge. But the following spring, she moved back into her parents home and had the marriage annulled. Also in 1984, Janet released her second album, Dreamstreet, and although it was a little more personal, it was not well received by fans and critics.
The album that helped janet shine was 1986's Control. It was her first album with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. This album hit number one, putting six singles on various charts. Five of the tracks from the album became top 5 pop hits. Janet spent the following two years supporting the album and remixing the songs into dance versions.
By 1989, Janet released her next album, Rhythm Nation 1814, and although the album was great in and of itself, it was her music videos that made her unstoppable. The tour that followed soon afterwards was huge, expensive, and theatrical.
By 1993, Janet's follow up album janet contained a very openly sexual tone. That same year she starred in John Singleton's Poetic Justice. Since then, Janet has spent time building her acting skills, writing songs, and maintaining relationships with her family.
In 1995, Janet joined her brother Michael on hit single "Scream" and appeared in the song's video clip. In 1996, she released Janet Jackson 1986/1996 Design of a Decade; an album containing the best music from her last ten years of making music.
In autumn 1997, Janet released The Velvet Rope, one of the most anticipated albums to be released in music. Although the album became an instant success, her personal life took a serious hit. Her secret marriage to Rene Elizondo suddenly ended after 9 years.
More recently, Janet starred alongside Eddie Murphy in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and she wrote the hit single "It Doesn't Matter" for the soundtrack.
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