La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956), addressed professionally as La Toya Jackson, is a renowned American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is additionally a businesswoman and television personality.
She is the fifth and middle member of the Jackson family and rose to prominence on CBS’s The Jacksons, a variety show that aired between 1976 and 1977.
After that, La Toya Jackson succeeded as a solo recording artist in the 1980s and 1990s, working with labels such as Polydor, Sony Music, and RCA, releasing nine studio albums over fifteen years.
|La Toya Jackson|
|Wiki Facts & About Data|
|Full Name:||La Toya Yvonne Jackson|
|Stage Name:||La Toya Jackson|
|Born:||29 May 1956 (age 66 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Gary, Indiana, United States|
|Parents:||Joe Jackson, Katherine Jackson|
|Siblings:||Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Joh Vonnie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Brandon David Jackson|
|Husband • Spouse:||Jack Gordon (m. 1989–1997)|
|Boyfriend • Partner:||Jeffre Phillips (2013)|
|Occupation:||Actress • Singer|
|Net Worth:||US$5 million-US$15 million|
Early Life & Education
La Toya Jackson was born on May 29, 1956, at St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital in Gary, Indiana. She is the fifth child of Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson‘s ten children and the middle female child between Rebbie Jackson and Janet Jackson.
La Toya Jackson was a shy kid while growing up. She joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses with the rest of her siblings: Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Joh Vonnie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, and Brandon David Jackson when her mother did so in 1965.
She would spend some of her time preaching door-to-door with her mother. “Every morning, Michael Jackson and I went around Los Angeles knocking on doors, spreading the word of Jehovah.” When her father arranged for her brothers to perform concerts in Las Vegas, among other cities, in 1972, La Toya Jackson joined them in the spotlight with a tap dance step.
La Toya Jackson graduated from the Cal-Prep School in Encino, Los Angeles, in 1974. She aspired to practice commercial law as an attorney. She briefly attended college before her father insisted that she follow in the footsteps of the rest of the family and seek a career in show business.
La Toya Jackson‘s father hired Jack Gordon to co-manage her in 1987. Jack Gordon eventually took over her entire management. Her public image became progressively sexualized under Jack Gordon‘s direction.
In her autobiography titled My Family, The Jacksons, Katherine Jackson described her horror at first provocatively witnessing La Toya Jackson dance in 1988. Katherine Jackson suspected Jack Gordon was separating La Toya Jackson from her family for him to “become the dominating force in her life.”
La Toya Jackson and Jack Gordon got married on September 5, 1989, following her blazing concert in Nevada. There were speculations that she was forcibly married to Jack Gordon. La Toya Jackson later confirmed that she was forced to marry, with Jack Gordon stating it was for her safety from her family’s captivity.
I’ve never been in love, and I’ve never even gone on a date… This doesn’t seem right. I don’t care for you. I have no feelings for you.’ The marriage was “strictly in name only, she told Ebony magazine, what she told Jack Gordon before getting married.
When La Toya Jackson was in Rome, Italy, six months after the marriage, he requested Jack Gordon for an annulment. Jack Gordon retaliated by repeatedly bashing her skull against the corner of the hotel room table, threatening never to let her go. Following that, the paparazzi captured La Toya Jackson with black eyes, which Jack Gordon said resulted from an intruder.
When she fathomed that Jack Gordon was planning to use her in a pornographic video, she decided enough was enough. While Jack Gordon was away, La Toya Jackson called her brother Randy Jackson, who rushed to New York to assist her in escaping.
La Toya Jackson filed for divorce in Las Vegas a few days later, and Jack Gordon was sued in civil court for years of abuse under the Violence Against Women Act.
She has once been engaged to Jeffre Phillips (2013). She has no child.
On March 9, 2003, La Toya Jackson made a huge comeback on Larry King Live. Her appearance kept CNN’s phone lines busy for hours, and it was Larry King‘s most-watched broadcast in three years.
Startin’ Over was La Toya Jackson‘s first musical project after her divorce. The lead track from Startin’ Over was titled Just Wanna Dance, released independently in 2004 under the moniker Toy to prevent any preconceptions DJs might have against La Toya Jackson‘s name.
The strategy paid off, with Just Wanna Dance reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot Dance list in the United States. Later that year, Free the World was released. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the album was delayed multiple times. Still, La Toya Jackson‘s label, Ja-Tail Records, secured a deal with Universal Music Group, and the album was finally released.
The music star who came from an entertainment family La Toya Jackson has accumulated a net worth ranging from US$5 million to US$15 million.
- Instagram handle: @Latoyajackson
- Twitter handle: @Latoyajackson
- Hot Potato
- Night Time Lover
- Camp Kuchi Kaiai
- Just Wanna Dance
- If You Feel The Funk
- A Taste Of You
- Stay The Night
- Sexual Feeling
- Bet’cha Gonna Need My Lovin’
- Feels Like Love
- Are You Ready?
- Just Say No
- Be My Lover
- Like I Do
- Hearts Don’t Lie
- Special Love
- Free The World
- You And Me