LaToya Jackson is a sister of Michael Jackson and one of nine children born to Katherine and Joe Jackson. She began her career as a solo artist in 1980, but never achieved anything like the success of her famous siblings. When she posed for Playboy magazine in 1989, the move alienated her from her family, and she and the Jackson music empire were officially on the outs.
Jackson gained a moderately high profile by appearing on such reality shows as "Armed & Famous" and "Celebrity Apprentice," but these were not high-paying gigs. In September 2009, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported her Las Vegas condominium had gone into default and multiple liens had been placed against the property for delinquent fees.