- NAME: Katherine Jackson
- OCCUPATION: Television Personality
- BIRTH DATE: May 04, 1930 (Age: 83)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Barbour County, Alabama
- Full Name: Katherine Esther Jackson
- Maiden Name: Katherine Esther Scruse
- AKA: Katherine Scruse
- AKA: Kattie Screws
- Originally: Kattie B. Screws
- AKA: Katherine Jackson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Katherine Jackson is best known for being the mother of international pop superstar Michael Jackson.
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Katherine Jackson was born Kattie B. Screws in Barbour County, Alabama, on May 4, 1930. She and husband Joseph Jackson had 10 children together. She encouraged her children's musical talents, and when sons Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and Tito became the Jackson 5, she acted as costume designer. Katherine remained supportive to her most famous son, Michael,
through his success as well as his troubles. After Michael's death in June 2009, she became the legal guardian of his three children, Paris Michael Katherine, Michael Joseph "Prince" Jr. and Prince Michael "Blanket" II.
Best known as the matriarch of the famed Jackson family, long-revered for its musical talent, Katherine Esther Jackson was born Kattie B. Screws on May 4, 1930, in Barbour County, Alabama. The daughter of Martha Mattie Upshaw and Prince Albert Screws, Katherine contracted polio at a young age. While she eventually recovered from her illness, the disease left her with a life-long limp. At the age of 4, she moved with her family to East Chicago, Indiana, and her name was changed to Katherine Esther Scruse (her father decided to rename her in conjunction with changing his surname to "Scruse").
Scruse met Joseph Jackson when she was still a teenager. Jackson was a boxer and aspiring musician who was married when the two first met. In November 1949, after Jackson divorced his first wife, the couple married. They moved to Gary, Indiana, and would have 10 children over the next 16 years. While her husband worked as a crane operator at U.S. Steel, Katherine was a homemaker. A devout Jehovah's Witness, Katherine raised the children in her faith, and with strict discipline. A pianist and singer, she also encouraged the family's musical talents. Her son, Michael, would later credited his mother with giving him his vocal gifts.
Soon after noticing his children's various musical abilities, Joe Jackson devoted himself to molding them into a well-rehearsed group. In 1964, the Jackson Five was formed, consisting of sons Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and Tito Jackson. As their fame grew, the group performed at talent shows and opening acts that took them all over the country, including to the renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, where they won an amateur-night competition in 1967. During this time, Katherine acted as the group's designer, often making suits and costumes for her sons to wear during their performances.
After the Jackson 5 signed with Motown Records in 1968, Katherine took a backseat on the group's affairs, but continued to be a supportive mother. As her son, Michael, skyrockted to fame as a solo artist, she stuck by his side through his highs and lows, from his success with the album Thriller to his 2005 struggle with child-molestation charges.
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