Happy Birthday, Janet Jackson! Watch Her Through The Years From Little Janet to Ms. Jackson

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As the little sister of a pop icon, of course Janet Jackson had it in her genes to be a star. She began her career at the tender age of 10 appearing on her family’s variety show, The Jacksons. Then broke away from the Jackson clan when she appeared on the television series Good Times. But it soon became apparent that acting wasn’t the only talent Janet possessed, and she signed a record deal in 1982. Janet exploded as a true pop star when her third album Control reached the top of the charts with such hits as “What Have You Done For Me Lately” and “Nasty,” while her hot ensembles and killer body made her a sex symbol. Twenty-five years later, Janet still busts a move on her tours and is one of the leading black actresses in Hollywood in films like Why Did I Get Married Too? and For Colored Girls. Today Janet turns 46 years old, inspiring us to take a stroll down memory lane to just where Janet’s success began. Here are 46 pics of her from little Janet to Ms. Jackson through the years.

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