Who Is Janet Jackson?
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A prominent figure in popular culture , she is known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows. The tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family , she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the s and early s, including Good Times , Diff'rent Strokes , and Fame. Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues , funk , disco , rap and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music. In , Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records , establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry. Her fifth album Janet saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her music. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice , and has since continued to act in feature films.
In she reunited with the two producers for Unbreakable , which became her seventh No. The youngest of nine children born to Katherine Esther and Joseph Walter Jackson , she grew up in the affluence of a show business family. Marlon's twin brother, Brandon, had died within 24 hours of the twins' premature birth in The Jackson children were raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith, as Katherine Jackson had been baptized as a Witness in the '60s.