Two years later Janet explored a new challenge, making her feature film debut opposite slain rapper Tupac Shakur in John Singleton's .
At the age of 18 Janet had married Eighties singer James De Barge - a union that was quickly annulled.
In 1991 she and sometime collaborator Rene Elizondo Jr hooked up and wed in secret, hoping to keep their love out of the spotlight.
"People in this industry don't get a fair chance with some things, and especially marriage," she says.
"People see me as the 'the normal one'," says pop diva Janet Jackson on the public perception of her famous family. Yet after more than 25 years in showbusiness she's certainly her own woman.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana.
She was the youngest of nine children born to Joe and Katherine Jackson and was raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith.
"We had nothing that truly brought us together as a family Thanksgiving, Easter dinner, we never had that," she recalls.
"We didn't grow up celebrating birthdays or celebrating Christmas, because of the religion." What they did have was the stage.
By age seven Janet was performing alongside her brothers, The Jackson 5, in Las Vegas.