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La Toya Jackson
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Jackson in 2011
Born
La Toya Yvone Jackson

May 29, 1956 (1956-05-29) (age 64)
Other names
  • Toy
  • Toya
Occupation
  • Singer–songwriter
  • actress
  • activist
  • philanthropist
  • model
  • author
  • businesswoman
  • television personality
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s)
Jack Gordon
(m. 1989; div. 1997)
Parent(s)
Family Jackson
Musical career
Genres
Labels
Associated acts
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From left, back row: Jackie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson. Middle row: Randy Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Rebbie Jackson. Front row: Janet Jackson (1977)

La Toya Jackson (born May 29, 1956, near Gary, Indiana) is an American singer, songwriter, writer, actress, television personality and a former model.

She was the fifth of ten offspring born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. She wanted to be an attorney but her father insisted that she work in show business like her siblings.

She sang background vocals with The Jackson Five, her brothers' band. She had many musical hits during the 1980s and 1990s and returned in 2004.

Career

1980s

In 1980 Jackson's first album La Toya Jackson was released. Jackson wanted the album to be called "La Toya" but her dad would not let her. Her second single "Night Time Lover" was produced by La Toya's brother Michael. Jackson's third album was released in 1984. She sung backing vocals on Michael's single ""P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)". In 1985 Jackson sung on "We Are the World" as part of USA for Africa. It sold over 20 million copies.

1990s

In 1991 Jackson's first book La Toya, Growing Up In The Jackson Family was published. Jackson released her ninth album From Nashville to You in 1994.

2000s

In July 2009 Jackson released the single "Home" in dedication to her brother Michael Jackson, who died on June 25 2009. All of the money from people buying the single went to AIDS_Project Los Angeles, which was one of Michael's favourite charities.

2010s

She released a new EP for 2011, Starting Over. In the same year a best-selling memoir written by Jackson of the same name was released.

In 2010 she released Dream Cream, a hand cream for Alessandro International.

On April 13, 2013 a reality series about Jackson's life called Life with La Toya started on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Jackson's newest single “Feels Like Love” was played for the first time on December 14 at a West Hollywood nightclub.

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