La Toya Jackson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson family.
As one of the younger children, she was exposed to music and the business of music, all of her life. Jackson made her debut at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, tap dancing and singing with her brothers, The Jackson Five.
Having come from a talented family, Jackson decided to make show business a part of her life as well, and has extensively traveled the world, performing in more than 90 countries.
Jackson has since emerged as an entertainer, Grammy-nominated recording artist, best-selling author, entrepreneur and television star. In addition to her music successes, (Heart Don't Lie, Billboard Hot 100 #56, and Just Wanna Dance reaching #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Chart), Jackson penned her first book in 1991.
La Toya, Growing Up in the Jackson Family was on the New York Times Best-Seller List at the #2 position for several weeks, selling over a million copies.
In 2007 and 2009, Jackson appeared in television shows such as Armed & Famous, which premiered on CBS, starring Jackson and other celebrities (Jackson currently maintains her badge by continuing to volunteer as a deputy), and on the British television program Celebrity Big Brother.
Jackson dedicates herself to a combination of several causes stemming from both her own experiences and following through with the causes her brother Michael initiated.
One of their common charities was AIDS Project Los Angeles, which provides resources to those living with HIV/AIDs, where Jackson donates financially as well as her time.
Due to her personal experience with abuse, Jackson is also focused on battered woman's shelters. In July of 2009, Home was released in Michael's memory, with all proceeds going to APLA.
In 2010, Jackson tapped into her entrepreneurial side launching a luxurious hand cream entitled Dream Cream, a hand cream for German cosmetics firm Alessandro International.
Jackson has been featured in several interviews including Barbara Walters, ABC News, as well as international television and print interviews.
Jackson's appearance on Larry King Live in March of 2003 caused CNN's phone lines to stay busy for hours and was King's highest-rated show in three years.
She was one of the contestants on The Celebrity Apprentice, in 2011.