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May 16, 2021

15 Adorable Childhood Photos of Janet Jackson in the 1970s

Singer, songwriter and actress Janet Jackson was born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana. The youngest of nine children born to Katherine Esther and Joseph Walter Jackson, she grew up in the affluence of a show business family. Her five brothers — Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Michael — signed a contract with Motown Records in 1968 and would go on to rule the charts as The Jackson Five, with such hits as “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save,” “ABC” and “Dancing Machine.”

Janet Jackson first appeared onstage in April 1974, singing and doing impressions alongside brother Randy in the Jackson family’s Las Vegas act. In 1976, she appeared on The Jacksons, a summer replacement television show. Her performance earned her the attention of a producer who hired her to play Penny, a regular on the TV comedy series Good Times, from 1977-79.

She continued her television work in the short-lived A New Kind of Family (1979), the sitcom Different Strokes (1984-85) and the teen drama Fame (1984-85), based at a New York City performing arts high school.

Here, a selection of 15 adorable photos of Janet Jackson when she was young in the 1970s:

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