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Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, they prodded their growing family's musical interests at home. By the early 1960s, the older boys Jackie, Tito and Jermaine had begun performing around the city; by 1964, Michael and Marlon had joined in.A musical prodigy, Michael's singing and dancing talents were amazingly mature, and he soon became the dominant voice and focus of the Jackson 5. An opening act for such soul groups as the O-Jays and James Brown, it was Gladys Knight (not Diana Ross) who officially brought the group to Berry Gordy's attention, and by 1969, the boys were producing back-to-back chart-busting hits as Motown artists ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Got to Be There," etc.). As a product of the 1970s, the boys emerged as one of the most accomplished black pop / soul vocal groups in music history, successfully evolving from a group like The Temptations to a disco phenomenon.Solo success for Michael was inevitable, and by the 1980s, he had become infinitely more popular than his brotherly group. Record sales consistently orbited, culminating in the biggest-selling album of all time, "Thriller" in 1982. A TV natural, he ventured rather uneasily into films, such as playing the Scarecrow in The Wiz, but had much better luck with elaborate music videos.In the 1990s, the downside as an 1980s pop phenomenon began to rear itself. Michael grew terribly child-like and introverted by his peerless celebrity. A rather timorous, androgynous figure to begin with, his physical appearance began to change drastically, and his behavior grew alarmingly bizarre, making him a consistent target for scandal-making, despite his numerous charitable acts. Two brief marriages -- one to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley -- were forged and two children produced by his second wife during that time, but the purposes behind them appeared image-oriented. Despite it all, Jackson's passion and artistry as a singer, dancer, writer and businessman are unparalleled, and it is these prodigious talents that will ultimately prevail over the extremely negative aspects of his seriously troubled adult life.  See full bio on IMDb »

Mase -- I'm Saving Rappers' Souls ... I Could've Saved Michael Jackson, Too

Pastor/Rapper Mase
I'm Saving Rappers' Souls And I Could've Saved MJ Too

Mase intends to keep preaching in his church ... while he's rapping about extramarital sex -- and it's all part of his plan to spread the word of God to the hip-hop community ... a plan… READ MORE >

Debbie Rowe -- Lymphoma is Scary, But Propofol is Scarier

Debbie Rowe
Lymphoma is Scary ... BUT Propofol is Scarier

9:30 AM PT -- Debbie just got out of surgery and we're told the biopsy came back NEGATIVE for cancer.Debbie Rowe may have Lymphoma ... at least that's what her doctors are saying.  She's… READ MORE >

- 488 days ago
Debbie Rowe -- HaHaHaHa ... I'm Not Engaged

Debbie Rowe
HaHaHaHa!!! I'm Not Engaged

We just got off the phone with Debbie Rowe ... who stopped laughing long enough to tell us the story out that she's engaged is "ridiculous and not true."E! just ran a story saying Rowe is engaged… READ MORE >

- 490 days ago
Conrad Murray -- I Had a Delightful Lunch with Michael Jackson's Former Brother-in-Law!

Conrad Murray
Delightful Lunch With MJ's Former In-Law

Michael Jackson's family must be going ballistic over this ... Conrad Murray had a delightful lunch with Janet Jackson's ex-husband Friday.  The man who killed Michael dined at Crustacean in… READ MORE >

- 493 days ago
MJ's Chimp Bubbles -- Jane Goodall's LYING ... No One Spanked the Monkey

MJ's Chimp Bubbles
Jane Goodall's LYING No One Spanked the Monkey

Just like her beloved chimpanzees ... Jane Goodall is throwing crap at the wall -- at least that's the word from people who witnessed Michael Jackson's relationship with Bubbles.Several people who… READ MORE >

- 505 days ago
Chimp Expert Jane Goodall -- Bubbles Was Beaten On Michael Jackson's Watch

Chimp Expert Jane Goodall
Bubbles Was Beaten On MJ's Watch

The world's leading chimp expert says Michael Jackson's famous pet monkey Bubbles was brutalized at Neverland and she blames MJ.Jane Goodall dropped the bombshell leaving an event in Washington,… READ MORE >

- 505 days ago
Conrad Murray -- I'm a Kiddie Doc Now ... Shakes Off Rust After Michael Jackson's Death

Conrad Murray
Shaking Off the Rust After MJ's Death ... I'm a Kid Doc Now

Conrad Murray's strapping on his stethoscope again to treat sick children ... better than he did Michael Jackson, we're hoping.  Question is: Will anyone give Connie a shot? Well, fact… READ MORE >

- 506 days ago
Conrad Murray -- I'm Back in the Medical Biz!

Conrad Murray
I'm Back in the Medical Biz!

Conrad Murray now has a chance to improve his success record in treating patients ... because he's back in business. TMZ has learned the patients this time around will be children with heart… READ MORE >

- 507 days ago
Michael Jackson's Alleged Son --You Can't Get MJ's Money

MJ's Alleged Son
You Can't Get MJ's Money

Michael Jackson's newly-proclaimed alleged son will be fending for himself for the rest of his life, because there's NO WAY he can touch the money in MJ's estate.Brandon Howard says he has no… READ MORE >

- 509 days ago
Michael Jackson's Alleged Son -- "Dad" Speaks Out ... He Warned Me About DNA Lies

MJ's Alleged Son
"Dad" Speaks Out He Warned Me About DNA Lies

A man has come forward claiming he's the real father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard -- NOT Michael Jackson -- telling TMZ, Howard warned him earlier this week the DNA story would be breaking ...… READ MORE >

- 511 days ago

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