Katherine Jackson is an author and the matriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers. She is the wife of talent manager Joe Jackson and the mother of singer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist Michael Jackson aka the “King of Pop”, and singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer Janet Jackson. Katherine’s son Michael has enjoyed success both as a member of his family band the Jackson 5 (later known as the Jacksons) and as a solo artist.
Katherine Jackson: Bio Summary
|Age||93 years old as of 2023|
|Date of birth||May 4, 1930|
|Place of birth||Clayton, Alabama, U.S.|
|Famous as||*mother of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson|
*wife of Joe Jackson
*matriarch of the Jackson family
|Children||Janet, Rebbie, La Toya, Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon, Randy, and Brandon|
|Parents||Prince Albert Screws and Martha Upshaw|
How Old Is Katherine Jackson?
Katherine Jackson was born Kattie B. Screws on May 4, 1930, in Clayton, Alabama, U.S. She is 93 years old as of 2023. She is the daughter of Martha (née Upshaw; December 14, 1907 – April 30, 1990) and Prince Albert Screws (October 16, 1907 – January 21, 1997). She was renamed Katherine Esther Scruse after her father changed his surname to Scruse, in 1934.
At the age of 2, Katherine got polio, which left her with a noticeable limp. She was still a child at the time her parents got divorced. Katherine studied at Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana, where she participated in the school band. Growing up, she wanted to be an actress or a country singer. She was a Jehovah’s Witness.
Katherine Jackson Met Her Husband In The 1940s
Katherine Jackson fell in love with Joseph “Joe” Jackson, a man she met in 1947. At the time Katherine met Joe, she was a 17-year-old living in East Chicago and was attending Washington High School. Joe who was a fellow resident of East Chicago, Indiana, was preparing for a professional boxing career.
Joe Jackson was married to another woman but got divorced and he started dating Katherine. Katherine and Joe dated for a year and got married on November 5, 1949. In 1950, the couple bought a small two-bedroom home on 2300 Jackson Street near East Chicago in Gary, Indiana. They expanded their family.
Katherine and Joe’s union produced 10 children: Maureen Reillette “Rebbie” Jackson, Sigmund Esco “Jackie” Jackson, Toriano Adaryll “Tito” Jackson, Jermaine La Jaune Jackson, La Toya Yvonne Jackson, twins Marlon David Jackson, and Brandon David Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson, Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson, and Janet Damita Jo Jackson.
Katherine and Joe’s son Brandon David Jackson sadly died a few hours after birth. Brandon was the twin of Marlon David Jackson. Joe was working at Inland Steel. He decided to forget about his dreams of becoming a professional boxer to support his family and began working as a full-time crane operator.
Joe also took a second part-time job at American Foundries in East Chicago. Katherine on the other hand stayed home to take care of the children. Katherine started to work part-time at Sears in Gary in the late 1950s. While Katherine and Joe were still married, Joe got involved in an extramarital affair with Cheryle Terrell.
Joe and Cheryle Terrell gave birth to a daughter Joh Vonnie Jackson. Katherine filed for divorce from Joe multiple times but she chose to drop the divorce proceedings each time. She and Joe remained legally married until Joe died on June 27, 2018, at age 89. Katherine and Joe reportedly lived separately at some point but Katherine denied rumors that she and Joe were estranged.
Katherine Jackson Is The Matriarch Of The Jackson Family
Katherine Jackson is regarded as the matriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers. Katherine and Joe Jackson’s children became successful and well-known musicians and entertainers. The family is known as The Jackson family. The Jacksons are one of the most influential families in music history.
Katherine Jackson’s sons make up the pop band, The Jackson 5, later the Jacksons. Founded in 1964, The Jackson 5 originally consisted of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael Jackson but in 1975, Randy Jackson replaced Jermaine Jackson. Their father Joe Jackson served as the group’s manager.
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Katherine designed and hand sewed the stage outfits for her boys. The Jackson 5 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Katherine played a very significant role in all her children’s lives. In 1985, acknowledging the positive impact on her children’s successful music careers, the national urban magazine Essence honored her as “Mother of the Year”.
Where Is Michael Jackson’s Mother Now?
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson is believed to be living in the United States. As of 2011, she was living in Calabasas, California, USA but it is uncertain if she has moved or not. Katherine released her autobiography, My Family, The Jacksons, in 1990. She appeared in The Jacksons: 2300 Jackson Street, Tito Jackson: Love One Another and as Geno’s Mom in All 4da Green.
Katherine Jackson appeared as herself on The Jackson Family Honors, Famous Families, The Michael Jackson Story, Larry King Live, Michael Jackson Memorial, The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Life with La Toya, The Jacksons: Next Generation, and Janet Jackson. among others.
Katherine Jackson’s son Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at age 50. He died from cardiac arrest and an overdose of propofol. The Jackson family released a statement following the death of Michael Jackson:
“Our beloved son, brother, uncle and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times.”