Fast Facts

  • As a child, she aspired to be a jockey.
  • Began performing in her family's Las Vegas revue at age 7, doing celebrity impressions such as Mae West and Cher.
  • In 1979, she starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom New Kind of Family opposite Rob Lowe.
  • Nicknamed "Dunk."
  • Only member of the Jackson family to be nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Mattel auctioned off a special Barbie made in her likeness in December 2010, and the proceeds were donated to the Los Angeles charity Project Angel Food.
  • Coauthored the self-help book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, which was released in February 2011.
  • With the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, she became only the third artist (after Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand) to have a number one album in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.


  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 1989, Grammy — Best Long Form Music Video: Winner
  • 1997, Grammy — Best Short Form Music Video: Winner
  • 1995, Grammy — Best Short Form Music Video: Winner
  • 2001, Grammy — Best Dance Recording: Winner
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee


  • James DeBarge — Ex-husband
  • Michael Jackson — Brother
  • La Toya Jackson — Sister
  • Tito Jackson — Brother
  • Wissam Al Mana — Husband
  • Jermaine Jackson — Brother
  • Joe Jackson — Father
  • Rebbie Jackson — Sister
  • Jermaine Dupri — Ex-significant Other
  • Randy Jackson — Brother
  • Jackie Johnson — Brother
  • Rene Elizondo — Ex-husband
  • Katherine Jackson — Mother
  • Marlon Jackson — Brother


  • Birth Name: Janet Damita Jo Jackson
  • Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Music producer, Actor

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