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Katherine Jackson

Katherine Esther Jackson (née Scruse; born Kattie B. Screws on May 4, 1930) is the matriarch of the Jackson musical family. Katherine 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 Katherine was four, her father changed his surname to "Scruse", and renamed his daughter to Katherine Esther. The younger of two daughters, Katherine contracted polio at two but survived the disease. Effects of the disease left her with a noticeable permanent limp. At four, Katherine's family moved to Gary, Indiana, a suburb outside Chicago. As a child, Katherine aspired to become a country singer but was dismayed to find that there were no notable black country stars. Katherine's parents divorced when Katherine was still a youngster. In high school, Katherine joined the local high school band. In 1947, Katherine met Joseph Jackson. After a year-long courtship that started after Jackson 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

Michael Jackson Death Trial -- Jackson Family LOSES

Michael Jackson Death Trial
Jackson Family Loses

The Jackson family just LOST their bid to hold AEG Live accountable for Michael Jackson's death.The jury ruled AEG Live did hire Conrad Murray.  That's huge.  The jury then ruled Conrad… READ MORE >

Katherine Jackson Spins MJ Verdict -- We Proved Our Point

Katherine Jackson
Spins Jury Verdict We Proved Our Point

Katherine Jackson has a rather tortured analysis of the jury verdict -- she seems to be saying even if she didn't get any money, she still kinda won.Katherine says, "We have said from the… READ MORE >

- 784 days ago
Jermaine Jackson -- The Big Winner in Michael Jackson Trial ... Maybe

Jermaine Jackson
The Big Winner In MJ Trial ... Maybe

If Katherine Jackson wins her lawsuit against AEG ... the BIG winner isn't really Katherine or Michael's 3 kids ... more likely it's Jermaine Jackson, along with Tito, Randy and Marlon.We got… READ MORE >

- 784 days ago
Paris Jackson -- I Want My Brother Back

Paris Jackson
I Want My Brother Back

Paris Jackson was at war with her brother Prince days before she tried to commit suicide, and we've learned she's now extremely regretful and wants to mend fences.Jackson family sources tell TMZ… READ MORE >

- 825 days ago
Michael Jackson Producer Kenny Ortega:  Michael Was Responsible for His Life ... and Death

MJ Producer Kenny Ortega
MJ Controlled His Life And His Death

The man who skippered Michael Jackson's "This Is It" rehearsals blamed the pop star for the predicament that led to his death.Kenny Ortega, the tour's director and producer, testified in the… READ MORE >

- 839 days ago
Debbie Rowe To Testify About Michael Jackson's Shocking Drug Use

Debbie Rowe
To Testify About MJ's Shocking Drug Use

Debbie Rowe will testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case that MJ was a SECRET, hardcore drug addict for decades -- testimony that could severely damage the Jackson's case.Sources… READ MORE >

- 854 days ago
Katherine Jackson Testifies -- It Hurts to Hear Michael Jackson Called  'Freak'

Katherine Jackson
Hurts to Hear MJ Called 'Freak'

Katherine Jackson testified in her wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live ... it's devastating to hear witnesses and lawyers refer to her dead son as "lazy" and a "freak."She said, "It's hard to… READ MORE >

- 859 days ago
Michael Jackson Didn't Want To Be Moonwalkin' at 50

Michael Jackson
I Didn't Want to Be Moonwalkin' at 50!

Katherine Jackson may have suffered a legal blow over some jokes her son Michael told years before his death -- specifically, that he didn't want to be a crotchety old moonwalker.We've just gotten… READ MORE >

- 860 days ago
Michael Jackson Doctor -- His Butt Was So Scarred & Infected, It Nearly Broke My Needle

Michael Jackson Doc
His Butt Was So Scarred... It Nearly Broke My Needle

Michael Jackson's buttocks were so scarred and infected from long-term drug injections ... the singer's thickened skin nearly broke his doctor's syringe -- this according to the doctor's… READ MORE >

- 867 days ago
Jermaine Jackson -- Paris Jackson Needs Discipline

Jermaine Jackson
Paris Jackson Needs Discipline

Paris Jackson does NOT respect authority ... so says her uncle Jermaine Jackson ... who insinuated that P's cutting incident was an overreaction to being told she couldn't go to a concert. TMZ… READ MORE >

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