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Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson filed for divorce in August, 2010. They have been married for 68.6 years and filed for divorce 7.8 years ago.

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Joe Jackson

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Why Famous: Father of The Jacksons

Age: 88 (b. 7/26/1929)

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Katherine Jackson

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Why Famous: Mother of The Jacksons

Age: 88 (b. 5/4/1930)

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Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating n/a --
Engaged n/a --
Married 11/5/1949 68.5 years
    Separated n/a --
    Filed for Divorce 8/2010 --
 Total68.5 years*

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Maureen Reillette 5/29/195067 yrs.FemaleBiological
Sigmund Esco5/4/195167 yrs.MaleBiological
Toriano Adaryll10/15/195364 yrs.MaleBiological
Jermaine LaJaune12/11/195463 yrs.MaleBiological
La Toya Yvonne5/29/195661 yrs.FemaleBiological
Marlon David3/12/195761 yrs.MaleBiological
Brandon3/12/1957< 1 mo.*MaleBiological
Michael Joseph8/29/195850 yrs.*MaleBiological
Steven Randall10/29/196156 yrs.MaleBiological
Janet Damita Jo5/16/196652 yrs.FemaleBiological

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Cheryl TerrellJoe Jackson -View

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Where and/or how did Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson meet?

They met in East Chicago, Indiana, Katherine's hometown since age four and where his mother was residing.

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Joseph's image as a father was tainted throughout the late 1980s through the mid 1990s in which the media reported stories told by some of his children that he was abusive towards them. When he managed his family, he ordered each of them to call him "Joseph", which led to several siblings being estranged from their father. Michael Jackson claimed that from a young age he was physically and emotionally abused by his father, enduring incessant rehearsals, whippings and name-calling, but also contended that his father being a strict disciplinarian played a large part of his success. In one altercation, later recalled by Marlon Jackson, Joseph held Michael upside down by one leg and "pummeled him over and over again with his hand, hitting him on his back and buttocks." Joseph would also trip up or push his male children into walls. One night while Michael was asleep, Joseph climbed into his room through the bedroom window. Wearing a fright mask, he entered the room screaming and shouting. Joseph said he wanted to teach his children not to leave the window open when they went to sleep. For years afterward, Michael suffered nightmares about being kidnapped from his bedroom.

Michael first spoke openly about his childhood abuse in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He said that during his childhood he often cried from loneliness and would sometimes get sick or start to vomit upon seeing his father. In Michael's other high profile interview, Living with Michael Jackson (2003), the singer covered his face with his hand and began crying when talking about his childhood abuse. Michael recalled that Joseph sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed and that "if you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you." In 2003, in an interview with Louis Theroux for a BBC TV documentary called Louis, Martin & Michael, Joseph admitted to using physical punishment on his children and also voiced his disapproval of homosexuality. In the same documentary, Joseph took advantage of the opportunity to promote his record label's new artists, even though the intention was to talk about Michael in the interview.

Following the June 25, 2009 death of his son, Michael, Joseph attended the BET Awards on June 28. The event was hastily reorganized as a tribute to Michael following his sudden passing. Joseph appeared at the event, speaking to several reporters about Michael's death. He struggled with CNN reporter Don Lemon's questions about his family, first appearing cheerful, then mournful, then asking a family spokesperson to read a prepared statement. After the statement was read, Joseph talked about his new hip-hop recording project. This exchange led to accusations of insensitivity from the press. In a press conference two days later, Joseph said he had honestly answered a question about what he had been doing and mentioned his recording project again before going on to praise Michael's life and work. His remarks at the press conference were again criticized as poorly chosen.

By 1964, Joseph had discovered that his three eldest sons, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine, had musical talent. One day he found out Tito had broken his guitar string. He beat him and then had Tito play for him with Jackie and Jermaine backing up vocally. Seeing their budding talent, he helped form an early incarnation of The Jackson 5 with two neighborhood youths though eventually younger brothers Marlon and Michael joined.

Within a few years, the Jackson 5 polished their talents under Joseph's strict leadership. In 1967, the Jackson brothers turned professional and began performing in paying gigs which paid off after the group got signed to Motown Records in 1968. Shortly afterwards the brothers became international recording stars. Joseph's role as manager dwindled however as Motown CEO Berry Gordy began to take more charge on his act, a role that reverted back to Joseph when he began managing the entire family for performances in Las Vegas. Joseph also helped his sons seal a deal with CBS after leaving Motown distraught that the label did not allow the boys creative freedom in the studio. Within a few years, however, Joseph's sons each left his management company to sign for other managers, starting with Jermaine. In 1982, Joseph also managed the careers of his three daughters La Toya, Janet and Rebbie until all three eventually left his company for solo ventures.

During the group's early years, Katherine served a role as the group's designer often making suits for her five eldest sons to wear during their lengthy rides to predominantly black venues and theaters throughout the mid-to-late 1960s. After the Jackson 5 signed with Motown Records in 1968, Katherine's role was more limited. Throughout the Jackson 5's rise to fame, and later the solo careers of Michael and Janet, she was often described as a devoted mother and wife to her family. In 1984, she joined her husband in helping to create their sons' Victory Tour. In 1985 Essence magazine named her the "Mother of the Year."

In 1990 Katherine issued her biography, My Family, which documented her early years and her relationship with her husband and her nine children, eight of whom wrote salutes to their mother in the foreword of the book. She detailed that her husband on more than a few occasions had committed adultery, one of which resulted in the birth of a daughter in 1974.

In an unauthorized biography of Janet Jackson, a confrontational family incident was detailed. This biography claims that in 1979 Katherine and her two youngest children, Randy and Janet, engaged in a confrontation with a woman who worked for Joseph's company. Katherine had often accused Joe of cheating on her with this woman. That incident was re-dramatized for the miniseries, The Jacksons: An American Dream. However, in the miniseries, Katherine was shown confronting Joseph instead of the woman about the alleged incident. The Jacksons movie had Angela Bassett playing Jackson in the role.

Throughout the 1990s, Katherine defended her children in the press, particularly Michael. During Michael's 2005 trial, Katherine was the only Jackson family member to be present at every court hearing and is said to be one of the few relatives that Michael kept in contact with. Katherine splits her time between Las Vegas and her Hayvenhurst home in Encino. In June 2009, Katherine was granted temporary guardianship of Michael's three children, following his death four days earlier. Court documents also indicate that she is also seeking control over the three children's interests in their late father's estate. The surrogate mother of the two eldest children, Debbie Rowe, is currently listed as having "unknown" whereabouts.

A&E will air a reality television show featuring the Jacksons in 2009. The show will revolve around the everyday lives of the Jackson family, their entertainment ventures and will also include Michael Jackson life and death footage.

The funeral for Michael Jackson began Thursday night nearly two hours after its scheduled 7 p.m. time. Some 200 mourners, including 77-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities associated with Jackson, showed up promptly, only to wait at the outdoor seating area, under a withering late-summer sun that pushed temperatures to 90 degrees even as it was going down. The ceremony began with remarks and song after the family arrived to fill the front five rows of white folding chairs. Mourners then followed Jackson's brothers as they carried the casket into the mausoleum. The singer's daughter, 11-year-old Paris, cried and was comforted by her aunt, LaToya.

Paris and brothers Prince Michael, 12, and Prince Michael II, 7, known as Blanket, began the service by placing a bejeweled crown on their father's casket. They were composed through most of the 90-minute ceremony, the guest said. Once inside, Gladys Knight performed the hymn "Our Father" (The Lord's Prayer) and moved many to tears, according to the guest. When it was over, many of the 200 mourners hugged each other. Among them were Taylor, Jackson's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Barry Bonds and Macaulay Culkin. As it ended, Katherine Jackson appeared extremely weary and had to be helped to her car, according to the guest. Earlier, she had a difficult time going into the mausoleum; she was overcome and turned back, making it unclear if she went in at all, the guest said.

At Michael Jackson's funeral, more than 400 media credentials were issued to reporters and film crews who were kept behind barricades. The few clusters of fans who gathered around the secure perimeter encircling the cemetery entrance struggled to see. Glendale police said all went smoothly and there were no arrests. Jackson will share eternity at Forest Lawn with the likes of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and W.C. Fields, entombed alongside them in the Great Mausoleum. The level of security and secrecy about the location of Jackson's vault all but guaranteed it won't be turned into a shrine or tourist stop. The entombment also ends months of speculation that the singer's body would be buried at Neverland Ranch, in part to make the property a Graceland-style attraction.

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Classic Quotes by Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson about their relationship:

"I'm only carrying out the things that he would do. It's a large venture to take on, and I'm happy to do it for him. They never recognized him for all the things he was doing when he was living, but since this has happened to him I'm carrying the legacy as much as I possibly can." Joe Jackson 7/24/2009
"Proceeds will be put towards a foundation. It's very important that I carry out his [Michael's] legacy, bringing good entertainment to the people all over the world, and I intend to do that." Joe Jackson 7/24/2009

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