As such, Jackson was added to the family's Las Vegas stage act during the mid-1970s, where the round-faced, innocent little girl's impersonation of one Hollywood's bawdiest performers, Mae West, charmed audiences.

While the horse-enthusiast youngster wanted to grow up to become a jockey, her future was pre-determined by an undeniable genetic gift and a father driven to make his entire brood famous.

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Jackson was born on May 16, 1966, the youngest of the nine children who were already on their way to building a musical empire by the time she came along.

Steel worker father Joe had recently discovered the innate musical talent of his sons, and early incarnations of The Jackson Five were already playing in Chicago and on the "chitlin circuit" near their hometown of Gary, IN.

In 1976, she was recruited to sing and dance in the variety series, "The Jacksons" (CBS, 1976-77).

Unlike the rest of her siblings, though, Jackson first made a name for herself as an actress.

"I'm not the type of girl that stays in touch with your ex like that," the singer, 43, said. When asked if the singer would ever marry again, Jackson – who has been married twice, as a teen to James De Barge and in her 20s to choreographer René Elizondo – is skeptical.

However, Jackson said that Dupri, 37, is an exception. "I don't know if I'll get married again," she told Harper's Bazaar.

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In 1977, she joined the fifth season of the sitcom "Good Times" (CBS, 1974-79) as Penny, daughter of single mom Willona (Ja'net Dubois) on the comedy set in a Chicago housing project.