Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon

Synopsis: Featuring never before seen footage and exclusive interviews with Michael's Mother Katherine and siblings Tito and Rebbie Jackson covering all the highs and also the lows in the King of Pop's extraordinary life story uniquely told by those who knew him best. Producer David Gest presents a feature length, definitive portrait of his best friend Michael Jackson.
Director(s): Andrew Eastel
Production: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
 
IMDB:
7.4
NOT RATED
Year:
2011
149 min
31 Views

Michael Jackson's LA Residence

June 25, 2009

(FIRE PARAMEDIC SPEAKING)

(ALBERTO ALVAREZ SPEAKING)

I arrived at the hospital.

Frank Dileo

JACKSON'S MANAGER 1984-89, 2009

and the lady came out

maybe 20 minutes later, a nurse.

I stood up. She said, Who are you?

"I'm Frank Dileo, I manage Michael.

"Is he okay?"

She hesitated, and I knew.

She looked me in the eye and said,

"No, he didn't make it."

I had them put him in a special room

and clean him up.

And that was the one nice thing,

is I got to be alone with him.

And I got to kiss him on the forehead

and, you know, tell him what I felt.

(BALLAD PLAYING)

When I started seeing the news clips.

David G-est

MICHAEL'S CLOSE FRIEND

the day he died,

my heart sank.

Michael was the most exciting performer

I had ever seen in my life.

He was the ultimate pop superstar.

He wanted, more than anything,

for his legacy to be

he is the greatest performer of all time.

And that's what he became.

(SMOKEY ROBINSON SPEAKING)

(TITO JACKSON SPEAKING)

(FRANK CASCIO SPEAKING)

(KATHERINE JACKSON SPEAKING)

(MARTHA REEVES SPEAKING)

(BOBBY TAYLOR SPEAKING)

(J. RANDY TARABORRELLI SPEAKING)

(THOMAS A. MESEREAU, JR SPEAKING)

(WHITNEY HOUSTON SPEAKING)

(MICKEY ROONEY SPEAKING)

I grew up in East Chicago, Indiana.

Katherine Jackson MICHAEL'S MOTHER.

My mother and father divorced when

I was at a young age, about six years old.

My mother was Baptist.

And my sister and I sang

in the Baptist choir.

It made us have a love for music.

My father used to listen

to the country music all the time,

and out of Chicago came a show,

on the radio, called Suppertime Frolic.

And then on Saturdays,

he would listen to the Grand Ole Opry

that came out of Nashville.

Some of the people were Ernest Tubb,

that's ancient.

Let me... Let the people know how old I am.

(LAUGHS)

(COUNTRY SONG PLAYING)

We had a club called the Sub-Debs.

We used to give teenage parties

for all the kids around there,

and that's where I met Joe.

I think I was around 17 years old.

He would always ask me for a dance

when the music was slow. (LAUGHS)

He seemed very kind, very sweet.

Joseph was in a group.

Besides me leaving singing with my sister,

I started singing with him.

And we would sing

and harmonise together a lot.

Then the children came along,

and I kept singing.

Rebbie Jackson MICHAEL'S SISTER

2300 Jackson St, in that little house.

I was the only one born in that house.

We had two bedrooms in our home.

And I and my sisters, Janet and La Toya,

slept in the living room.

Living Room Gary, Indiana 2010.

We had a couch that let out into a bed.

My brothers slept in one room.

Boy's Bedroom Gary, Indiana 2010.

And that room had triple bunk beds.

And they slept on the bunk beds.

And then my parents slept in the other room.

Parents' Bedroom GARY, INDIANA 2010.

KATHERINE:
I don 't know how I squeezed

all of us in that little house.

Jackson Family Kitchen

Gary, Indiana 1960's.

Having all my children when I was young

and having them so close together;

Every time I would get pregnant,

I was afraid to tell Joe. (CHUCKLES)

We didn't believe in abortion,

so that's why we got so many children.

The children around our neighbourhood,

especially the boys,

they were kind of bad, some of them.

They would break in people's cars

and do things.

And our children were never allowed

to go out at night or play with those kids.

J. Randy Taraborrelli

JACKSON'S FRIEND AND BIOGRAPHER.

They weren't really social

with the rest of the neighbourhood.

They clung to each other,

and that's how the Jacksons were raised.

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