La Toya Jackson is a popular American singer and actress. She got recognition from the TV series The Jacksons. But her popularity came as a recording artist. In fact, she has nine studio albums to her name in her fifteen years of singing career. But her recording career suffered after her controversial marriage with Jack Gordon. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of La Toya Jackson in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
La Toya was born on 29th May 1956 in Indiana, and she was the fifth out of the ten children her parents had. At the age of 16, she joined her brother for a tap dancing performance in Las Vegas. She wanted to be an attorney in business law. But it was her father who convinced her to pursue a career in the show business. La Toya and her sisters Janet and Rebbie appeared in the episodes of the Jacksons.
In 1989, La Toya Jackson got married to Jack Gordon, who was an entertainment manager. The couple got divorced in 1997 when Gordon made allegations against the Jackson family. In 2013, she got engaged to her manager Jeffre Phillips. She is very good friends with Kathy Hilton. She suffers from fear of cats (ailurophobia). She was influenced to music by James Brown just like her other family members.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
La Toya Jackson began her career by releasing her self-titled debut album in 1980. The following year, she came up with the album ‘My Special Love’. In 1984, she came up with ‘Heart Don’t Lie’. Her album, ‘Imagination’ became available from 1986. That year, she was honored with the Grammy Award. Prior to that, she won the World Popular Song Festival in 1985. ‘La Toya’ was released in 1988. In 1990, she released the album ‘Bad Girl’. Her other albums are ‘No Relations’, ‘From Nashville to You’, and ‘Stop in the Name of Love’.
She has also released the EP ‘Starting Over’ in 2011. The soundtrack album called ‘Formidable’ was released in 1992. Jackson’s singles include “Such a Wicked World”, “Baby Sitter”, “Stay the Night”, “Sexual Feeling’, “You and Me”, and ‘Free the World”. She has lent her vocals for the song “We Are the World”, for which she won the Grammy Award. She has also received a Star on the Walk of Fame and has been honored with the US Congressional Tribute.
Jackson also had a career as an actress. In 1992, she was seen in ‘Counterstrike’. In 2011, she was a contestant in the reality television series ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’. The following year, she appeared as Marilyn in the television series, ‘90210’. She was also a part of ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’ in 2013. She got eliminated in the third episode. In 2013-2014, she was seen in the show ‘Life with La Toya’.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a reputed singer and TV personality? Well, she has managed to accumulate a net worth of over $5 million. The reason for not making it big is the abrupt end to her career due to marriage controversies. She appeared in a handful of TV series and did nine studio albums which were the only sources of income.
La Toya has stopped singing and acting, and she is more of a TV personality these days. She recently appeared in the celebrity TV show named Worst Cooks in America. She actually won the show and got $25,000.