Born 1956 in Gary, Indiana, La Toya Jackson is the fifth and middle child of the Jackson family. She first gained recognition on the family’s variety television series, The Jacksons, on CBS between 1976 and 1977. Thereafter, she saw success as a solo recording artist under multiple record labels in the 1980s and 1990s, including Polydor, Sony Music and RCA, where she released nine studio albums over the course of fifteen years.
Her most successful releases in the United States were her self-titled debut album (1980) and the 1984 single “Heart Don’t Lie”. Jackson’s other songs include “If You Feel the Funk”, “Bet’cha Gonna Need My Lovin’”, “Hot Potato”, “You’re Gonna Get Rocked!” and “Sexbox”. Another one of Jackson’s songs, “Just Say No” from her fifth album was composed for US first lady Nancy Reagan and Reagan administration’s anti-drug campaign.
In 1992, Jackson signed a contract with the Moulin Rouge to star in the successful Paris revue, Formidable. After a period of public seclusion, Jackson returned to the music industry in 2004 with the singles “Just Wanna Dance”, “Home” and “Free the World”, which saw success on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States.
From 2013 to 2014, Jackson appeared in her own reality television series on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Life with La Toya, which aired for two seasons.
These lovely photos captured portrait of a teenager La Toya Jackson at home in 1972.